Apple Fries in the Air Fryer

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Apple Fries feature the best 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. Enjoy air fried apples, no matter the season!

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

Apple Fries

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 always have a stash of dried apple chips on hand for snacking.

If “healthy” isn’t your focus, serve warm air fryer cinnamon apples with an apple’s best friends: caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream!

But honestly, I enjoy air fryer apple fries all on their own.

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

ingredients for homemade apple fries

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 air fried apples!
  • 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 egg, 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 slices 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.
dredging apple slices in cinnamon sugar flour mixture

Choosing the Best Apples for Cooking

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.

  • 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.

placing apple fries in air fryer with tongs

Air Fryer Apple Fries Variations

  • To peel or not to peel: This is entirely up to you! I prefer to leave the skins on for my apple fries since there are a lot of nutrients in there — and it’s one less step!
  • Add extra spices. Include a dash of apple pie or pumpkin pie spice mix to the cinnamon sugar mixture. It’s an easy way to add an extra dose of fall flavor.
  • Want more crunch? Mix some graham cracker crackers into the almond flour before coating the apple slices.

    Be sure to use GF crackers to keep this recipe gluten-free.
air fried cinnamon apple slices on counter

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. Air fry apple fries for another 4-5 minutes until warmed through the center.

caramel sauce for apple fries

Apple Fries Recipe 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 ensure your apple fries have plenty of crunch, coat the slices with egg before rolling in the flour and sugar. This helps the cinnamon sugar stick to the exterior, and it forms an addictive crunch that keeps you coming back for more and more!

How can you tell when air fried apples are done?

Air fryer cinnamon 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!

You don’t want to cook the apples for too long or else they’ll get mushy. Smaller wedges will cook faster, so be sure to keep an eye on them. 

crunchy apple slice dipped in caramel

Enjoy!
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More Amazing Apple Desserts

air fryer apple fries in small bucket

Easy Apple Fries Recipe (Make In the Air Fryer)

Donna Elick
Apple Fries have a crunchy, cinnamon sugar coating and juicy center. This air fried apples recipe makes a crispy sweet snack in minutes!!
5 stars from 3 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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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Originally published July 2022, updated and republished June 2023

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8 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.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these apple fries were so delicious and easy to make! I couldn’t believe how crispy they turned out in the air fryer. Donna and Chad really know their stuff!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these apple fries last night, and they were a hit! I added a dash of nutmeg to the cinnamon sugar mix for an extra kick. Thanks, Donna!

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