You can caramelize apples in the oven, cast iron skillet, or the air fryer. We love cooking apples in the air fryer because, it takes only 10 minutes to cook!
To make this recipe, I like to toss the apples with everything but the maple syrup and roast.
After the apples are cooked, I toss them with maple syrup so clean up is a breeze.
You can cut apples into slices, wedges, or diced. For a more traditional look, cut apples into wedges.
Air fryer apples are perfect for breakfast piled on top of French toast and pancakes. Alternatively, you can serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a sprinkle of Maple Granola on top.
For more apple recipes, check out my Air Fryer Apple Crisp for a delicious dessert this fall/winter season.
⭐️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Enjoy perfectly caramelized apples in only 10 minutes when using an air fryer!
- Top French toast, pancakes, and waffles with this delicious condiment.
- Clean-up is easy with the use of an air fryer. We add the maple syrup at the end so there is nothing sticky to wipe up.
- A healthier way to enjoy caramelized apples. There are no refined sugars, just pure maple syrup. Second, this recipe is gluten-free without the use of flour.
📝 Ingredient Notes
Here is a visual overview of the air fryer apple ingredients in this recipe. Scroll to the recipe at the bottom for quantities.
- Apples - Any apples will work for this recipe, but we recommend Gala or Granny Smith varieties.
- Maple Syrup - Toss cooked apples with maple syrup in a bowl after cooking for easy cleanup.
- Cinnamon - Adding a small amount of cinnamon gives the apples a delicious flavor!
- Butter - Toss apples in melted butter or oil to help caramelize them. Butter just tastes better!
See recipe card for quantities.
🥘 Substitutions & Variations
- Apples - If you're out of a specific apple variety, you can generally substitute with another variety. I recommend using Gala or Granny Smith apples.
- Sweeteners - Instead of using sugar, you can try natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or stevia.
- Spices - Play around with spices like allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice.
- Cooking Fat - Opt for a healthier cooking fat like ghee or coconut oil.
🔪 Step-By-Step Instructions
Learn how to make caramelized apples with these easy-to-follow instructions.
Step 1. Peel, core, and cut apples into wedges. Place into a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent browning.
Step 2. Toss apples with cinnamon, vanilla, and melted butter.
Step 3. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/204°C. Spread the apples out, making sure to give them space for proper airflow. Cook for 10 minutes or until apples are cooked through.
Step 4. In a large bowl, toss cooked apples with maple syrup. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or as a condiment for breakfast or brunch.
👨🏻🍳 Chef Tips
- Choose an apple that is sweet and tart like Gala, Fuji, or Granny Smith apples.
- Don't slice the apples too thin. Fruit loses water when cooked and reduces in size. I like to cut my apples into wedges for the proper size.
- Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper if you toss apples in sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
- Place cut apples into a bowl of water and lemon juice after slicing. The acid in the lemon juice will prevent the apples from turning brown.
You can enjoy these caramelized apples as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serve them for breakfast on top of my Oatmeal With Eggs.
Keep these apples refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. When reheating, microwave for 30 seconds to one minute, or air fry at 350°F for 2-4 minutes.
Freeze your apples in a sealed freezer-safe container for 2-3 months. Thaw before reheating.
If you're looking for an on-dairy alternative to melted butter, try coconut oil, avocado oil, ghee, or plant-based butter.
Yes, apples themselves are naturally gluten-free. However, if you're adding toppings, or seasonings, it's important to check those ingredients for gluten content.
Yes, air-fried apples are vegan. Avoid using ingredients such as butter, honey, or any other animal-derived products. Instead, consider using plant-based alternatives like vegan margarine or coconut oil. You can also use maple syrup or agave nectar as a sweetener instead of honey.
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Air Fryer Apples
- Peel, core, and cut apples into wedges. Place them into a bowl of water, with a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Strain the apples from the lemon water using a colander. Toss the apples with cinnamon, vanilla, and melted butter.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/204°C. Spread the apples out, giving them enough space for proper airflow. Cook for 10 minutes or until apples are cooked through.
- In a large bowl, toss cooked apples with maple syrup. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or as a condiment for breakfast or brunch.