Whether you're a foodie, a busy working professional looking for a quick yet nutritious dessert, or simply someone with a sweet tooth, these baked apples are about to become your new obsession.
The apples cook and caramelize in the air fryer to become soft and tender, while the oat topping crisps up and adds a wonderful textural element to the baked apples. It is such a delicious fall treat!
Why You Should Make Air Fryer Baked Apples with Oats
- Nutritious: Between the oats and the apples, this recipe is a fantastic source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Quick and Easy: The most difficult part of this recipe is coring out the apples, but otherwise there is very minimal prep work involved.
- Dietary-Friendly: This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, making it suitable for a variety of dietary preferences.
- Versatility: You can easily customize this recipe with your favorite nut butter, sweeteners, and toppings.
Baked apples get super soft and tender in the oven air fryer.
Varieties like Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Granny Smith work well for baking, but you can use whatever apple you have on hand.
The oat topping adds a crispiness and textural contrast and are a key ingredient in this recipe and my pear crisp recipe.
If you prefer, you can replace rolled oats with quick-cooking oats, though the texture may vary slightly.
One tablespoon of peanut butter adds a creamy, nutty flavor and provides a source of healthy fats, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.
You can easily substitute peanut butter with almond butter, cashew butter, or your preferred nut butter.
Just a tablespoon of water adds moisture to the oat mixture and helps it come together.
For an alternative, you can use almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or any preferred dairy-free milk.
Apple cinnamon is a classic pairing and the flavors work so beautifully together.
If you prefer a different spice, you can experiment with nutmeg, allspice, or pumpkin pie spice as a substitution or complement to the cinnamon.
Date sugar is a type of unrefined sugar that is made from dates. It adds a subtle caramel-like flavor that pairs perfectly with
If you don't have date sugar, you can use coconut sugar, brown sugar, or even maple syrup as an alternative.
1. Preparing the Apples
- Start by washing the apple thoroughly and removing the core. You can either use an apple corer, metal spoon, ice cream scooper, or a knife for this.
2. Creating the Oat Filling
- In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, peanut butter, water, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Mix until you have a crumbly, evenly blended mixture.
3. Assembling and Air Frying
- Take the cored apples and stuff them with the oat mixture.
- Place the stuffed apples in your air fryer basket or tray. Ensure they are evenly spaced to allow for proper air circulation.
- Set your air fryer to 350°F (180°C) and air fry the apples for about 10-12 minutes until they are tender and the oat filling is nicely browned.
- Carefully remove the apples from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
- A Dollop of Yogurt or Cottage Cheese: For a creamy and protein-rich twist, add a dollop of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese on top of your baked apples, which would make this a great breakfast option.
- Ice Cream: I love adding ice cream to this because I love the combination of cold and warm, to create a delicious dessert option.
- Nuts or Seeds: Sprinkle chopped nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans, on top of your dessert for added texture and a delightful crunch.
- Additional Nut Butter: For extra nuttiness, drizzle over some additional peanut butter.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which Apples Are Best for Making Baked Apples?
The best apples for baking are typically Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Granny Smith.
These varieties hold their shape well and have a good balance of sweetness and tartness.
How to Serve Air Fried Baked Apples?
You can enjoy these delicious apples as is or with a dollop of Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Can I Use Quick Cooking Oats in Place of Rolled Oats?
Yes, you can substitute quick-cooking oats for rolled oats in this recipe. Quick-cooking oats will give your dish a slightly different texture but still work well.
Can I Bake These In The Oven Instead of An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can use an oven to bake these instead. Set the oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20-25 minutes until the apples are tender and the oat topping is golden brown.
If you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Air Fryer Baked Apples with Oats can be enjoyed for up to four days after preparation.
Air Fryer Apples With Oats (Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free, Vegan)
- 1 medium apple Use sweet and firm varieties like Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala
- ¼ cup of oats
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon date sugar or coconut sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup
- Preheat your air fryer to 300°F (150°C).
- Begin by washing and drying the apple. Then, carefully remove the top of the apple and scoop out the core and some of the flesh, leaving a hollowed-out center. Be sure not to cut through the bottom.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the oats, peanut butter, water, cinnamon, and date sugar. Stir well until you have a sticky and slightly crumbly mixture.
- Stuff the oatmeal mixture into the hollowed-out apple, pressing it down gently to fill the space evenly.
- Place the stuffed apple in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry at 300°F for about 20 minutes, or until the apple is tender, and the oatmeal topping is golden brown and crisp.
- Remove from the air fryer and let it cool for a few minutes
These Air Fryer Baked Apples with Oats are quick and easy to make, versatile in terms of ingredients, and a nutritious gluten-free and vegan dessert for yourself or your family.
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