These super easy Baked Apples can be made in 15 minutes thanks to the air fryer. They are made with only 6 simple ingredients and they make a wonderful healthy, fun fall dessert everyone will love. Vegan + Gluten Free!
These baked apples are probably the best fall dessert I have ever made! This recipe is so simple and easy and it only takes 15 minutes. The apples get nice and soft while the crumble inside get’s so ooey gooey with just the right amount of crunch. Yum!
Any apple dessert is my go to in the fall like this Apple and Pear Crisp but these baked apples are my new favorite. Mostly because they come together very quickly and they taste so decadent but are secretly healthy. My kind of dessert!
Why you will love this recipe
- It is literally the easiest baked apple recipe
- You can make it in 15 minutes right in the air fryer
- It only requires 6 simple ingredients
- It is vegan, gluten free and dairy free!
- An impressive dessert you can share with your family and friends
- Such a fun recipe for fall and a great way to use up those extra apples
What are baked apples?
Baked apples are a famous German dish that can be made with different types of fillings and is a recipe that is usually very popular around the holidays. This version is made a little healthier by using the air fryer to cook whole apples that are cored and stuffed with a healthy gluten free, dairy free crumble filling.
Ingredients needed to make baked apples
How to make baked apples in the air fryer
You can make this recipe with only 6 ingredients and 15-20minutes for a fun, healthy delicious fall dessert.
- Make the filling. Add the butter to a medium size mixing bowl along with the sugar and mash and mix that all up until creamy. Then add in the oats, apple pie spice, pecans and a pinch of salt.
- Prep the apples. Use a pairing knife to cut around the top of each apple and then use a spoon to pull and life to the stem and clean out the core and seeds. Hollow out the apples but leave a border around the top that is about 1.5 inches and about 2-2.5 inches in the bottom.
- Fill and cook the apples. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. Divide the filling between the apples, filling each on to the top. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the apples into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Lightly spray the apples with more cooking spray to help them steam as they cook. Close the air fryer and cook the apples for 15-20 minutes until soft and tender.
- Let cool and serve. Let the apples cool for a few minutes then serve them with your favourite ice cream.
Get full list of ingredients and recipe instructions in the recipe card below.
These apples are so good with or without ice cream. The apples are perfectly tender and the crumble on the inside is just bursting with great flavor thanks to the combination of the butter, apple pie spice, oats, pecans and sugar. It’s just so Good! You have to try this healthy dessert this fall! I also love to top them with a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Best apples to use in this recipe
First, you want to select apples that are nice and round and even in size that can stand up on their own without falling over so they don’t tip over in the air fryer.
The best type of apple to use, in my opinion is Gala apples since they are just the right size and are nice and bright red. You can also use Pink Lady, Fuji or even Granny Smith apples. You just don’t want the apples to be too large or they will take longer to cook.
More apple recipes to try
- Air Fryer Apple Chips
- Sausage and Apple Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Healthy Apple Muffins
- Dutch Oven Apple Crisp
- Select apples that can stand upright on their own that are medium in size and are nice and ripe.
- To clean out the apples you can either use an apple corer and a spoon or a paring knife and a spoon (which is what I used). Make sure you remove the whole stem, core and seeds before filling the apples.
- I recommend making the filling first before you prep the apples since they get brown pretty quickly so once you clean them out you want to add the filling to them right away.
- Cooking times will vary based on the size of the apples you are using. I tested this recipe with medium size apples and apples that were medium-large. The medium size apples (as shown in the photos) took about 15 minutes to cook and the larger apples took about 20 minutes. I would check them around 12 minutes and then go from there.
- Spraying the apples with cooking spray (non aerosol) before you cook them will help them steam and cook.
- These baked apples are best if eaten right away and do not really store that well although you can keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes but I recommend enjoying them right after you cook them for the best results.
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