These Air Fryer Apples taste like those Cracker Barrel fried apples. The air fryer makes the apple slices tender and a simple sauce make them irresistible.
In researching Air Fryer Apples, there are lots of options. Apple chips, baked apples and ones like these, tender slices of apple. I wasn’t setting out to make a copycat recipe. But that is basically what happened. If you like those fried apples from Cracker Barrel, you’ll love these. They are healthier but just as delicious. These apples are super simple to make. They’d made a great dessert that won’t make you feel too guilty.
What you need to make Air Fryer Apples
- Apples (I used Organic Honeycrisp for testing)
- Vegetable Oil
- Maple Syrup
The truth about oil in the Air Fryer
There’s not a lot to explain about this recipe for air fryer apples. They are simple and require only a few ingredients. They’re terrific for snacking or dessert. I’ve published almost 50 recipes for the air fryer now. And most every time I say don’t use cooking oil spray like Pam. I can’t emphasize this enough. The propellants in the spray will break down the non-stick coating on your basket. Sprays do not belong in air fryers. I toss my food with a little vegetable oil before putting it in the basket. This adds a very minimal amount of fat and calories. If you insist on a spray, you can buy an oil mister and fill it with vegetable oil. But I personally find misters to be more trouble than they are worth.
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Air Fryer Apples
- Air Fryer
- 6 apples
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Peel, core and slice the apples. Toss them with the vegetable oil.
- Place the apples in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry the apples at 400 degrees F for about 14 minutes, or until the apples are starting to brown and tender. There's no need to stir or toss the apples during cooking time.
- Place the apples in a bowl and stir in the maple syrup, sugar and cinnamon.