Air Fryer Apple Fries

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Air Fryer Apple Fries are the flavors of autumn, rolled into one seriously scrumptious snack! Naturally sweet crunchy apples are rolled in mouth watering cinnamon sugar and fried to a crisp. 

Take a bite, and all of that apple goodness is right there: still tender, still juicy, and still delicious! 

small bucket of air fryer apple fries

Read on to learn how to make apple fries in the air fryer, the ingredients you’ll need and some possible substitutions, and a few tips on how to pick the right apple for the job.

Is there anything better than using seasonal fruits and veggies for yummy, healthy snacks? The family loves how they taste, and I love that they’re full of vitamins! We also have an amazing Honeycrisp apple crisp.

If “healthy” isn’t your focus, serve fresh air fryer apple wedges with an apple’s best friends: caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream! But honestly, I enjoy fried apple fries all on their own. If you are in the mood for something sweeter, try our chocolate covered apple slices.

measured ingredients for air fryer apple fries

Air Fryer Apple Fries

Apples are in season from mid-summer through mid-fall. The best fruit for home cooks! Plus, they’re super easy to freeze and use throughout winter and spring.

You can use healthy fried apples in all sorts of recipes. Make some crispy fried apple pies! For no oil used whatsoever, I recommend making dried apple chips. They’re such a great snack, and they last a while, too!  

sliced apples coated in cinnamon sugar

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Apples – Choose some that are somewhere between medium and large. Check out the section below for some more guidance on how to pick the best fruit for these fries!
  • Cinnamon and White Sugar – So simple, yet so yummy! Mix it yourself in no time, or you can buy a premade cinnamon-sugar mix.
  • Eggs and Almond Flour – The key to the crust. Dip the wedges in the edge, and then in the flour mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar, and you have a certified cinnamon coating that’ll stick right to the fruit. Any kind of nut flour or oat flour makes a great substitute.
  • Spray Oil or Vegetable Oil – A light spray on the fruit makes a world of difference! If you use vegetable oil, then rub both the basket and the wedges with a paper towel lightly soaked in the oil.
tongs holding an air fried apple fry

Choosing the Best Apples for Cooking

How To Tell If Apples Are Fresh

It’s easy to tell when an apple’s gone bad: it has dark, squishy spots and the skin has turned soft. The signs of a ripe one are a bit subtler! The fruit should be firm, but not hard, and have no signs of bruising. If you really can’t tell, then take a taste! A ripe apple will be crisp and juicy.

Use Granny Smith, Gala, or Honeycrisp. 

These three varieties are excellent for cooking, baking and eating! Choose based on your flavor preference. Granny Smith has a tart-sweet flavor, Honeycrisp is the sweetest, and Gala falls somewhere in the middle.

fried apple fry slices covered in cinnamon sugar

Storing and Reheating Air Fried Apples

Air fryer apple fries are at their absolute best right after they’re cooked! Once they cool off and are reheated, the coating loses its crunchy texture and the flesh turns kind of mushy. So, in general, I wouldn’t recommend reheating. 

If you do want to save and reheat, then do so within 1 day. Stick them back in the air fryer for another 4-5 minutes until warmed through the center.

caramel sauce dripping from spoon surrounded by apple fries

Air Fryer Apple Fries FAQ

How do I make crispy apple fries in an air fryer?

The secret is in the coating – and that’s almost always the case when it comes to crispy foods! Properly dredging and coating each piece is the best way to guarantee texture.

To make air fryer apple fries with a crunch, coat with egg before rolling in the flour and sugar. This helps the cinnamon stick to the exterior, and forms an addictive crunch that keeps you coming back for more and more!

How can you tell when air fried apples are done?

You don’t want to cook the apples for too long or else they’ll get mushy. 

Air fryer apples are done when they’re just slightly tender and still a bit crisp. They’re at their best when they still have some crunch to them! Smaller wedges will cook faster, so be sure to keep an eye on them. 

Do you need to peel apples for fried apples?

I make this recipe with unpeeled apples, but it’s totally up to you! It’s a texture thing. 

Actually, there are a lot of nutrients in apple skins! So keeping them on enhances these healthy fried apples from that perspective. 

air fryer apple fry dipped in small bowl of caramel sauce

Enjoy!

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Air Fryer Apple Fries

Donna Elick
Air Fryer Apple Fries have a crunchy, cinnamon sugar coating and juicy center. This air fried apples recipe makes a crispy sweet snack!!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 24 fries

Ingredients
 

Fries

  • 2 medium to large apples, cut into wedges
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • Spray oil , or vegetable oil

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the airfryer to 370°F. Wash and core apples. Cut into wedges (about 12 wedges per apple). Set aside.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and set aside. In a second shallow bowl, combine almond flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. In the third bowl, make cinnamon-sugar mix by combining white sugar and cinnamon.
  • Coat apple wedges in egg, then in flour mixture. Spray fryer basket with oil. Place apples in air fryer, leaving space in between. Spray apples with a small amount of oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove apples from the air fryer and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  • Repeat step 3 with remaining apple wedges. (Clean fryer basket in between batches if any coating is remaining). Serve immediately.
  • Great served plain, with caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream.

Donna’s Notes

Air fryer used was 4 liters. 3 batches made about 24 fries.
This recipe uses unpeeled apples, but you can peel them if you prefer.
If using vegetable oil, place oil on paper towel, rub basket, and dab apples lightly.
Apples are done when they are slightly tender. They should still have a little bite to them. Cooking too long can lead to mushy apples, so check before cook time is up, especially if using smaller wedges.
As a shortcut, purchase premade cinnamon-sugar mix found in the spice section.

Nutrition

Serving: 4 | Calories: 59cal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My son and I just made these and indulged with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, they were so good we had a second helping. The second try was better than our first because we sprayed them really good with olive oil cooking spray and cooked them for 6 minutes total.

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