Try these heartwarming Baked Apples using your Air Fryer with just a few simple steps. Perfectly cooked apples with cinnamon, walnuts, cranberries, butter, and brown sugar topped with ice cream. Enjoy this classic dessert with your family and friends on holidays or any special occasion.
What are Baked Apples?
This baked apples in air fryer recipe uses whole apples. However, some recipe variations also use chopped or sliced apples placed in a baking dish. We like the way that the apples hold their own and become a dessert bowl of such.
In this recipe, the whole apples are cored and then stuffed with buttery cinnamon and brown sugar-coated walnuts and dried cranberries. This no-fuss dessert is a guaranteed hit, using just your Air Fryer! It is a perfectly delicious addition to your holiday feast or even just for your simple family dinner.
What are the best apples to use for Air Fryer Baked Apples?
We used Fuji apples in this recipe as they are crisp and juicy with a balance of sweet-tart flavor. They have a firm flesh that holds its shape when baked.
You can choose a different apple variety that suits your taste. Here are some of the best apples in making this recipe:
- Granny Smith also known as green apple has firm flesh and doesn’t break down while baking. If you prefer a tangy, tart flavor you may choose this variety.
- Rome Beauty are large, bright red apples with a sweet and tangy flavor. They hold their shape well when baked as they have thick skin.
- Golden Delicious are yellowish-green apples that have a mellow sweet flavor and relatively softer texture.
- Gala Apples have thin yellow to orange skin with pink to red highlights. Crisp with a mildly sweet flavor and retains its shape when baked.
- Avoid using Red Delicious apples. Though they have a mildly sweet flavor, they have a grainy texture and turn mush and break down when baked.
Tips and Ingredient alternatives in making Air Fryer Baked Apples
- Use large-sized apples that are firm and perfectly round. The larger the apple the more filling you can stuff inside.
- You may use pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon for a more festive flavor.
- Can’t get a hold of dried cranberries? You can use dried cherries or even raisins.
- You may use other nuts like almonds or hazelnuts if walnuts are unavailable.
- If almond flour is not available, you may substitute it with all-purpose flour.
- To make these Baked Apples in Air Fryer vegan, use dairy-free butter.
To Serve and Store
These Air Fryer Baked Apples are best served warm and freshly "baked". Enjoy them as it is or top with vanilla ice cream.
Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to a month.
To reheat, pop them in a microwave or place them in a 350F/175C air fryer until warmed through.
Air Fryer Baked Apples
- Air Fryer
- 4 ripe Fuji Apples
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 4 tablespoons walnuts chopped
- 4 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon almond flour
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Whipped cream or Ice cream for topping
- Sprinkles for topping
- Start by cutting off ¼ of the tops of the apples. Using a spoon, scoop the core and seeds out.
- In a medium bowl, make the filling by combining the walnuts, cranberries, cinnamon, butter, almond flour, and brown sugar. Mix until well combined.
- Spoon the filling into the apples and carefully place the stuffed apples into the air fryer basket.
- Cook at 180°C/360°F for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the apples have softened.
- Remove from the air fryer basket and place on serving plates.Top with ice cream, and sprinkle as desired before serving.
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