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There’s just something so comforting about the combination of apples, cinnamon and sugar, especially as the weather starts to dip. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to make this easy Air Fryer Apple Crisp with Oatmeal recipe. It’s perfect on its own or topped with ice cream, for that cozy, warm-and cold combination. Keep reading to see how making apple crisp in the air fryer is easier than you think!
What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?
Apple crisp and apple crumble are very similar, with the topping being the main difference. Apple crisp is typically made with a crumb topping that includes oats and/or nuts. On the other hand, apple crumble is made with a flour based, streusel like topping. This easy air fryer dessert recipe uses a combination of both oats and flour.
What are the best apples for apple crisp?
Wondering how do you make apple crisp without getting soggy? It’s all in the type of apples you use. The best apples for apple crisp are those that can keep a firm consistency during baking. Some firm varieties that are great for this recipe are:
- Red Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
I like to peel the apples when making this easy apple crisp, but it’s a matter of personal preference. However, leaving the skin on will give a chewier texture to the apple filling, and I prefer a firmer texture. I also just chop the apples up, since it’s quicker. Just make sure they’re not chopped too thick or they won’t bake as thoroughly.
If you want to save even more time, use this convenient apple peeler and corer. It peels, slices and cores in one simple motion, and can be used for peeling potatoes as well.
How do you make apple crisp in the air fryer?
This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients, and it’s super easy to make. You most likely have most of the ingredients on hand already:
- Lemon Juice
- Brown Sugar
After preheating the air fryer to 350°F, I start out mixing my dry ingredients first, which in this case are the ones for the oat topping. In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Next, grease an 6- 4oz oven safe ramekins with butter or nonstick spray. Combine the apples with the lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Divide and spread this apple mix evenly in each ramekin.
Many crisps use cold butter cut into the dry ingredients, but since I don’t really have a minute to spare in my day, I use melted butter. It tastes just as good, trust me! After adding the melted butter to the topping ingredients, combine well until the mixture is nice and crumbly, but don’t overmix. Set aside.
Should air fryer apple crisp be covered when baking?
Since we’re making this recipe in the air fryer, we cover the apple crisp with aluminum foil got get a nice, browned, crispy texture.
Place the covered ramekin in the air fryer. Depending on your air fryer basket capacity, you can place one or more ramekins at a time. You may have to cook the crisps in 2 batches. My air fryer fits 3-4 oz ramekins comfortably at the same time.
Cook the apple crisp in the air fryer for 15 minutes. Then, open the air fryer and remove the foil. Sprinkle the topping on top of the apples. Close air fryer and cook, uncovered, for an additional 5 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling. Remove the apple crisp from the air fryer and cool slightly.
Do you eat apple crisp hot or cold?
I like to eat my apple crisp warm from the oven, but if you have leftovers, you can store it in the refrigerator and eat it cold later on. However, for me personally, eating it warm just feels cozier, and it’s perfect for pairing with ice cream for that combination of hot and cold.
How do you reheat apple crisp?
You can reheat apple crisp in the air fryer (350° F), for 5 minutes, in order to preserve the crunchy topping. You can also reheat it in the microwave (in a microwavable container, at 15-20 second intervals), but the topping might not be as crispy.
How to serve an apple crisp
This easy apple crisp in air fryer recipe tastes just as good on its own as it does paired with ice cream. You can also top it with whipped cream or caramel sauce. Like I mentioned above, I like it best when it’s served warm, but after it’s been stored in the fridge, it tastes just as good cold.
Air Fryer Apple Crisp with Oatmeal
- 6 medium apples, peeled and chopped
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1½ Tbs granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ⅓ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- Pre-heat air fryer to 350° F
- Mix the dry ingredients first in a bowl: oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the melted butter and combine well until topping is crumbly.
- Combine chopped apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
- Divide the apple mix evenly between 6-4 oz ramekins.
- Cover each ramekin with aluminum foil, and place in air fryer (size of air fryer will determine how many ramekins fit at a time).
- Cook in air fryer for 15 minutes.
- Remove ramekins from air fryer and remover aluminum foil. Crumble the oat topping evenly over the apples.
- Cook uncovered for an additional 5 minutes or until apple filling is bubbling and oat topping is golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream or caramel sauce if desired.
Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…