This recipe is sponsored by ZenChef. All opinions are 100% my own.
Sweet-and-spiced Pumpkin Spice Air Fryer Baked Apples are a healthy treat that come together in a fraction of the time it takes in the oven.
If you're looking for a healthy dessert that's easy to make, you are going to love air fryer baked apples. It's quick, easy, and totally satisfies that sweet tooth.
I love the holidays! My kid has so much fun coming up with a family Halloween costume every year. It's also hard not to love a night when neighbors give you free candy. And don't get me started on the holiday baking that we do together throughout the season. It's a lot.
It's nice to temper all of that decadence with something a little bit better for your blood sugar. Air fryer baked apples, to the rescue!
Air Fryer Baked Apples
Baked apples scream, "FALL!" And it's easy to make baked apples that are pretty healthy. Apples are so sweet on their own, you don't need a ton of extra sugar for a satisfying sweet treat.
And I wanted to really up the fall ante by seasoning these tasty baked apples with pumpkin spice goodness.
To make air fryer baked apples, you only need a little bit of maple syrup to sweeten the filling and no oil or vegan butter at all.
The trick to making baked apples in the air fryer (or the oven, really) is coring them without slicing all the way through. To do this, just make sure your knife is at a slight angle when you pierce the apple. Then work it around in a circle to make the opening for your filling.
My favorite way to do this is to make a pretty conservative cut into the apple, remove the top, then scoop out the rest of the seeds with a spoon.
Once you carve your apples, top them up with the pumpkin spice filling, and cook them up in an oven-safe pan in your air fryer.
You can use any oven-safe dish that fits comfortably into your air fryer basket. If you use a metal dish, like in the video, be sure to place a silicone trivet underneath, so you won't scratch your basket.
About My Air Fryer
Any time I share an air fryer recipe, people ask me which air fryer I recommend. Over the summer, ZenChef came on as a blog sponsor, and I am IN LOVE with their new air fryer, the ZenChef PRO XXL.
I’ve experimented with this air fryer for a few months now, and I am all in. The basket is nice and large (5.8 quarts!), and I love the way it’s designed. As you probably know, I am extremely picky about air fryers. This basket design is the kind I like: it pops out for easy cleaning, and it has holes at the bottom (rather than mesh) for easy cleaning.
The ZenChef PRO XXL cooks things quickly, evenly and consistently. And, of course, you can use little to no oil, if that’s your thing. The Baked Apples recipe below uses no oil at all.
Pumpkin Spice Air Fryer Baked Apples
For the Baked Apples
- 4 apples - Gala or Fuji are great choices for this recipe
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning
- 2/3 cup water
- Use a knife to core the apples, but don't cut all the way through the bottom. Cut at a slight angle, so you end up removing sort of a cone of apple core from the center. Better to start with a shallow cut, then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds than to cut too deeply and accidentally go all the way through.
- In a small bowl, mix together all of the remaining Baked Apples ingredients, except for the water.
- Pour the water into a shallow, ovenproof dish that fits inside of your air fryer basket. Arrange the apples in the dish. Air fry at 340F for 15 minutes, or until the apples feel tender when you pierce with a sharp knife. If they're not cooked through after 15 minutes (DO NOT SHAKE!), cook for another 2-3 minutes, and check on them again.
- Serve warm, room temperature, or cold.
- Use tongs to gently remove the warm, baked apples from the air fryer basket.