If you are an air fryer fan like me and also an apple fan (again, like me!) you are going to love this easy air fryer apple dessert. I bet you can just imagine how these air fryer cinnamon maple baked apples smell and taste. This air fryer apple dessert made with maple syrup is seriously impressive and perfect for Autumn. Who knew it could be so simple to bake apples in the air fryer!
Air fryer baked apples with a scoop of vanilla ice cream just has to be one of the most delicious air fryer apple dessert options. This is a beautiful, seasonal recipe which is perfect for the fall and these maple baked apples are just too good to miss out on.
Whether or not you’ve made fruit in the air fryer or convection oven before, it’s an easy recipe. You can bake Granny Smith apples (or your favorite apples) in the air fryer much quicker than in a convection oven. So what do you need to make this easy air fryer apple dessert?
Air Fryer Cinnamon Maple Baked Apples Ingredients
I used Gala apples to make these. You can use any kind of crisp apples you want, such as Honey crisp, Braeburn, Golden Delicious or Melrose. You could even use a combination of your favourites. The best apples for making this easy air fryer dessert are simply the ones you like best – the type of apple doesn’t matter. They all work as long as they are fresh apples and there are many options during apple season!
You will also need simple ingredients such as oats and walnuts to bulk out the easy air fryer apple dessert. Then you need ground cinnamon, salt, cream, and vanilla for flavour, along with maple syrup and caramel for sweetness. The maple syrup is a flavourful substitute for brown sugar in this easy baked apples recipe.
How to Bake Apples in the Air Fryer
This is such a nice air fryer apple dessert and simple sweet treat. You could make air fryer cinnamon maple baked apples in a regular oven but the air fryer is just so much faster. Compare the result of cooking fruit in the air fryer or convection oven and they come out the same.
The first thing to do is prepare your apples for this easy air fryer apple dessert. Cut off the tops then remove and discard the stems and seeds, stopping about ¼-inch from the base. This is possible with a sharp paring knife but simplest with an apple corer or even a melon baller. You just press it down, twist and remove it. Then the pips and core should come out easily.
Take the rest of the apple cores or flesh out and cut it up finely. Now you can combine the apple with the oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk the maple syrup, cream, caramel, vanilla, and some water in another bowl. See, this baked apple recipe such a quick dessert!
You need to heat the caramel mixture up either in the microwave or in a pan on the stove, as you prefer. Next, fill the apples with the oatmeal mixture. Put them in the basket of the air fryer and set for a cooking time of 15 minutes.
You can then add whipped cream and drizzle the caramel sauce made with maple syrup on top of the apples. This easy air fryer apple dessert will smell amazing and I promise it tastes even better! This is the best way to enjoy all these wholesome ingredients.
A Great Stuffed Apple Dessert for Any Season
I love this air fryer apple dessert made with maple syrup, oats, vanilla, and more. It’s perfect for any season but especially good in the fall. Once you know how to make fruit in the air fryer or convection oven you will want to make cooked fruit recipes often.
There are plenty of ways to use cored apples and if you find yourself with extra apples, why not double up the recipe? These easy air fryer apples are a delicious way to enjoy apple season.
Not only can you bake apples in the air fryer but you can try pears or other fruits. Warm, earthy flavours such as cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, and nuts are always wonderful with fruit recipes such as baked apples in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Apple Dessert Variations
There are several ways to tweak this easy air fryer apple dessert. You can use pecans instead of chopped walnuts or even use chopped mixed nuts in this easy dessert.
Nutmeg or allspice would be good in place of the cinnamon or you can add some of each to your baked apples with maple syrup.
Fudge sauce can replace the caramel and you can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla paste. You could even use a whole vanilla pod here.
Add some dried fruit if you want, perhaps raisins or cranberries. Really make these air fryer cinnamon apples your own! And if you want to add whipped cream, Greek yogurt or ice cream, go ahead! Your sweet tooth will thank you.
If you bake apples in the air fryer you are cutting down on the washing up as well. Simply pop the air fryer basket in the dishwasher. There is no baking pan to soak or scrub out. That is only one great thing about these air fryer cinnamon maple baked apples.
Another reason to rustle them up is they make a healthy dessert. Some dessert recipes are just combinations of sugar, fat and not much else.
However here you have all the healthy nutrients from apples as well as oats and nuts. Not all apple recipes are nutritious but this apple air fryer dessert certainly is, regardless what variety of apple you choose.
Enjoy these air fryer cinnamon maple baked apples for dessert after your favourite autumn dinner. It’s warm and delicious. In fact, this is one of the best desserts you can make if you want comfort food which is warm, hearty and made with maple syrup.
You will love how easy air fryer cinnamon maple baked apples are to prepare and how good they taste. If you are a fan of apple crisp, you will love these delicious air fryer baked apples. Let them cool down for 5 minutes after taking them out of the air fryer though. They do get extremely hot! In case there happen to be leftovers, you can store in an airtight container and reheat.
Air Fryer Cinnamon Maple Baked Apples Recipe
Easy Air Fryer Cinnamon Maple Baked Apples
- 5 apples Gala
- 1 1/2 Cup rolled oats
- 1/4 Cup walnuts chopped
- 1 Tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 Cup maple syrup
- 1/4 Cup caramel
- 1/4 Cup heavy cream
- 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla paste
- 2 Cups water
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F for 5 minutes
- Cut the top off of the apple. Then, cut to remove the seeds and stem from the center and discard. Use a spoon to remove the remaining apple inside. Be sure to stop ¼” from the bottom and sides of the apple. Place the inside of the apple onto a wooden cutting board and mince.
- Add minced apples, rolled oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and sea salt to a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, caramel, heavy cream, vanilla paste, and water. Whisk until combined, then pour into the bowl with the oatmeal.
- Microwave for 2 minutes or pour into a saucepan and heat over medium flame for 4 minutes.
- Fill apples with oatmeal mixture. Place into the air fryer basket. Cook for 15 minutes. Let cool for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.
- Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try these maple cinnamon baked apples. Making them in the air fryer is so quick and simple. The filling is very flavourful, and you will want seconds! Air fryer recipes are my favourite for this reason.
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