This Apple Crisp in Air Fryer is the best gluten free air fryer dessert! Fresh chopped fruit is topped with a buttery oatmeal almond flour crumb topping that tastes divine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs we earn a small commission from qualifying purchases through our affiliate link. For more information read our Non-Disclosure Agreement.
This post was originally published on 11/02/2021 but modified on 10/12/2022 to add more details. However, the recipe, images and video remain the same.
Air fryer Apple Crisp
What I love about this recipe is that you get your sweet cravings satisfied, yet made with healthy ingredients. It is quick, easy, makes small batch serving for two, made with almond flour, oats and gluten free.
What is Apple Crisp?
In a more simple form, it is a dessert made chopped apples, topped with a streusel topping and then baked. However, making a dish with juicy cooked fruit along with a golden crispy topping in air fryer was tricky, since air fryer cooks food fast on the top which sometimes does not enough time for the fruit to soften . So, we came up with 2 clever hacks to solve the problem.
1. Chopped apples - We tried this recipe with sliced fruit, but they turned to be mostly crunchy and raw by the time the crumb was browned. However, chopping them into ¼-inch cubes, made them tender and juicy.
2. Adding water into the filling – Traditional baked crisp recipes are cooked slowly in the oven, which yields a juicy fruit along with a caramel sauce from the sugar and juices. Since air fryer cooks by blowing hot air, which inhibits that process, we used a substantial amount of water that helped in creating a steam and cooking them soft and tender.
Best Apples to use
The best ones to use are those that are firm, sweet and crisp. We prefer fruits that hold its shape after the intense cooking like Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonagold, Braeburn, Pink Lady, or Honey crisp (refer more on this here).
To Peel or Not to Peel
Both peeled or unpeeled fruit works well for oven baked recipes, due to long and slow cooking process which helps to soften the skin. But, we recommend peeling off the skin, since air frying does not soften the skin as much when compared to oven baking.
Can I use all purpose flour instead?
Sure can! Use 1 tablespoon all purpose flour for filling and 3 tablespoons for topping.
- Apple – Use your favorite like Fuji, Honey crisp, Jonagold, Braeburn or Granny smith.
- Oats – Old fashioned oats or rolled oats
- Almond Flour - Use super fine variety
- Sugar – Both brown sugar and regular sugar is used, which gives a perfect balance of sweetness and caramel flavor (check out more desserts using brown sugar).
- Butter - Cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- Spices – Ground cinnamon
Pro tips for success
- More healthy - Use solid coconut oil instead of butter
- Almond flour - Use super fine variety and not almond meal.
- 2 large apples - Chopped measures about 2 and ¾ cups
- Do not chop them bigger - The fruit might not get cooked if cut into larger pieces.
- We used Gala variety and the sugar quantity was perfect.
- Rotating the pan half way though air frying helps in even browning.
- Use chopped walnuts or pecans instead of sliced almonds.
How to make?
- Prepare fruit – Peel, core and chop into ¼ inch cubes.
- Make filling – Stir chopped fruit, almond flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, water and salt together in a greased 6-inch baking pan.
- Make topping - Mix oats, almond flour, sugar and salt together. Mix cold butter with your finger tips, until it is thoroughly incorporated. Stir in chopped sliced almonds.
- Air fry – Bake in a pre heated 350 degree air fryer for about 30 minutes or until the topping is golden.
- Eat – Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
HOW TO SERVE?
Serve hot / warm / room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an easy dessert or snack.
If serving for a light breakfast, then serve it with some greek yogurt sweetened with honey.
How to store leftovers?
Refrigerate leftover crisp (wrapped in foil) for 2 to 3 days.
How to reheat?
Place baking pan (remove foil/plastic wrap), add about 1 tablespoon water into the empty part of the pan and place in a pre heated 300 degree air fryer and cook for 5 to 8 minutes (depends on the quantity), until warmed through.
Love cooking or baking with fruits? Check out -
- Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie
- Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- Cream Filled Strawberries
- Very Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
- Banana Sheet Cake
- Mango Kulfi
- Orange Walnut Cake
- Banana Mug Cake.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Toast in Air Fryer
- Banana Nut Muffins
- Banana Cake
- Apple Fritters
- Bread Pudding
- Baked Apples
- 2 large apples
- ¼ cup golden brown sugar, not packed
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons almond flour, super fine
- ½ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons old fashion Oats
- ¼ cup Almond Flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar (white)
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
- Vanilla ice cream
- Air Fryer
- 6-inch Baking pan
Make Apple Filling
1. Peel, core and chop apples into ¼-inch cubes.
2. Grease a 6-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or brush with butter.
3. Add chopped apples and all other apple filling ingredients (brown sugar, water, almond flour, cinnamon and salt) into the greased baking pan and stir well until well combined (spread around so that it is in an even layer). Set aside while you make the topping.
Make Crumb Topping
1. Add oats, almond flour (¼ cup), 2 tablespoons sugar and salt into a seperate medium bowl and stir to combine.
2. Cut cold butter into small chunks and mix into the oat mixture with your finger tips, until all butter is evenly distributed. Stir in sliced almonds.
3. Sprinkle topping on top of the apples and spread until they form an even layer.
1. Preheat air fryer to 350°F for 30 minutes. Place baking pan into the basket when hot and continue cooking for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden. (Rotate the pan half way through baking, so the top gets an even color).
2. Gently remove pan from air fryer and place on a wire rack.
Ladle apple crisp into bowls and top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
Crisp can be enjoyed hot, warm or at room temperature.
Almond flour – Use super fine variety and not almond meal.2 large apples – Chopped measures about 2 and ¾ cups
Do not chop them bigger – The fruit might not get cooked if cut into larger pieces.
We used Gala variety and the sugar quantity was perfect.
Best Apples to use – The best ones to use for almond flour apple crisp are those that are firm, sweet and crisp. We prefer fruits that hold its shape after the intense cooking like Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonagold, Braeburn, Pink Lady, or Honey crisp.
Rotating the pan half way though air frying helps in even browning.
Use chopped walnuts or pecans instead of sliced almonds.
Use regular flour instead of almond flour - Use 1 tablespoon all purpose flour for filling and 3 tablespoons for topping.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 573Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 10gSugar: 59gProtein: 9g
I am not a certified dietician or nutritionist. The information is a product of online calculator such as Nutrifox.com, although Kitchen at Hoskins attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates and not be construed as a guarantee. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the nutritional information in any recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their fact algorithms. Under no circumstances will Kitchen at Hoskins be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on the nutritional information. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator. You are solely responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health and ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate.
Did you make this recipe? I’d love your feedback! Please let me know by leaving a comment or review below or snap a photo and share on Instagram.
All contents and images are my original work, unless and otherwise mentioned. Please do not use my recipes or images without linking back to www.kitchenathoskins.com. If you wish to republish a recipe, please rewrite in your own words and don’t forget to include a link back to the original recipe.
Some of the links above are affiliate links, which pay me a small commission for my referral at no extra cost to you! I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Thank you for supporting kitchenathoskins.com.