Air Fryer Baked Apples With Streusel Topping

Craving old fashioned baked apples but don’t have the time? Learn how to make cinnamon baked apples in the air fryer! With a crunchy oat streusel topping and no refined sugar, this simple baked apples recipe cuts cook time almost in half. No air fryer? No problem! I’ve included instructions for oven baked apples , too.

Baked apple with ice cream on a plate

Why Air Fryer Baked Apples Are Better (IMO)

While I’ve included an oven-baked variation, I’ve come to prefer baked apples in the air fryer. Here’s why:

  • The skins soften, but the inner core doesn’t get mushy, making them prettier to serve and easier to eat.
  • Using the air fryer slices cook time in half, which makes it easier to serve warm baked apples to guests, or on a weeknight.
  • The oat streusel gets perfectly crisped, not soggy with juice.

What are the best apples for baked apples?

Honeycrisp apples are my hands-down favorite for making baked apples, as well as for eating raw. Their name basically says it all: they’re sweet and crispy with a smooth texture, never mealy. You can also use Jonahgold, Granny Smith, Fuji, or Pink Lady. 

Choose individual apples carefully. They should be round in shape, and a stem is always nice if you plan on cooking the tops and replacing them over the streusel. Pay special attention to the bottom of the apple. If it’s uneven, the apple will tilt when you place it in the air fryer or casserole, making it hard to fill correctly.

How To Make Baked Apples In The Air Fryer

INGREDIENTS

4 apples

1/4 c coconut sugar

1/3 c raisins (optional)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 c bourbon 

3 tsp maple syrup

FOR STREUSEL TOPPING:

1/2 c flour (regular or 1:1 paleo or gluten-free baking mix)

1/4 c coconut sugar

1/4 tsp rolled oats

1/8 tsp salt

4 tsp butter, diced

METHOD

  1. Line the basket of your air fryer with aluminum foil.
  2. Wash the apples and slice 1/4 inch off the tops. You can either toss them, or cook them along with the apples and position them on top of the streusel after baking for a nicer presentation, or toss them. If you do decide to cook them, you will need to do this separately so that the streusel crisps properly
  3. Core the apples without puncturing them all the way through. Your goal is to create a tiny bowl in the middle of the apple for the filling. I like to use an apple corer to get most of the way through, then a paring knife and spoon to widen and scoop out the opening. When you’ve done this to all four apples, place them in the basket of the air fryer.

4. Mix together coconut sugar, optional raisins, and cinnamon. I highly recommend using the raisins. They’ll soak up the bourbon as well as the apple’s natural juices, turning into tiny, bourbon-filled flavor bombs. (Don’t worry, the booze cooks off.) Their chewiness also adds interest to the overall texture of the dish.

Baked apples in air fryer

5. Once the dry ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, spoon the seasoned coconut sugar into the carved-out hollows of the apples, filling them until all the filling is gone.

Apples ready for baking in the air fryer

6. Whisk the bourbon and maple syrup together in a pyrex measuring cup, then pour carefully into the hollows of the filled apples. I like to do this incrementally, as it takes a second for the coconut sugar to become saturated. Be sure to use all of the liquid. 

HOW TO MAKE OAT STREUSEL TOPPING

  1. Mix together the dry streusel ingredients in a bowl. Then use your fingertips to work in the butter to create a slightly clumpy mixture. Spoon this over the tops of your apples, packing it down slightly.
  2. Now you’re ready to get cooking! Set your air fryer to 350 and bake the apples for 18-20 minutes until tender. Serve immediately, preferably with vanilla ice cream.

note: if using the tops of the apples, cook them separately for 3-5 minutes at 350 after you’ve finished the apples. I don’t like to put them on top because then the streusel doesn’t get as crispy

Baked apples in a casserole dish

How To Make Oven Baked Apples

If you’d prefer to use your oven, you’ll need to do three things differently:

  1. Use an 8×8 glass baking dish or a medium cast iron skillet instead of your air fryer basket.
  2. If you’re also doing the tops, you can cook them at the same time by using a 9×13 casserole dish and placing them on the bottom. 
  3. Bake for 40 minutes at 375 in a preheated oven.

Everything else is the same!

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Air Fryer Baked Apples With Streusel Topping

Baked apple with ice cream

Want to make bourbon-glazed baked apples in half the time? Dust off your air fryer and get ready to whip up the perfect ending to your fall feast!

  • Author: Christine Tusher
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Filling:

4 medium baking apples (such as Honeycrisp, Jonagold or Granny Smith)

1/3 c raisins

1/4 c coconut sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 c bourbon

3 tbsp maple syrup

Oat Streusel Topping:

1/2 c flour (I used my paleo baking blend)

1/4 c coconut sugar

1/4 c rolled oats

1/8 tsp salt

4 tbsp butter or ghee

Instructions

  1. Line the basket of your air fryer with foil. The foil need not extend all the way up the sides; the idea is to catch any liquid that leaks out so that it doesn’t burn onto the bottom of your air fryer.
  2. In a bowl, mix the coconut sugar, cinnamon and raisins until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. Core the apples to 3/4 of the way through to create a little bowl for the filling in each apple. I like to start with an apple corer, then use a spoon to widen the hole and scoop out any remaining seeds.
  4. Place the cored apples in the lined air fryer basket and fill with dry ingredients.
  5. Whisk the bourbon and maple syrup together in a Pyrex measure and gradually pour into the filled apples, taking care not to spill. Be sure to use all of it.
  6. In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients for the oat streusel until thoroughly combined. Use your fingers to work in the butter or ghee until the streusel resembles coarse crumbs.
  7. Spoon the streusel on top of the apples, packing it down as necesserry so it doesn’t slide off the edges. 
  8. Bake in the air fryer for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool slightly before serving, and enjoy warm…preferably with vanilla ice cream

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