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Air Fryer Apple Crisp features a warm spiced apple filling and a buttery brown sugar streusel topping. It’s easy to make, perfect if you only need two servings, and cooks in just 20 minutes in the air fryer!

air fryer apple crisp recipe

If given the choice between apple or pumpkin dessert, I will choose apple 9 times out of 10.

Back home in Western New York we have some pretty amazing apples. They’re crisp, juicy, and so fresh. I remember biting into apples with the juice run down my chin, and thinking it tasted just like apple cider. They were literally as juicy as ripe peaches, and so sweet!

Here in Florida it’s a little harder to find such amazing apples. But apples will always be one of my favorite things about fall.

For those of you who love apple as much as I do, you will love this easy autumn dessert! Air Fryer Apple Crisp makes 2 perfect sized servings. It’s a great way to satisfy a craving without having to make a big batch or spend a ton of time in the kitchen.

The apple filling is easy to make and only uses one apple. It’s sweet, warmly spiced, and full of apple flavor.

But let’s not forget the crumbly streusel topping! With butter, brown sugar, and oats, it’s aromatic and rustic. And absolutely delicious.

To really make this dessert something over-the-top awesome, serve it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Small batch. It makes just 2 servings so you aren’t stuck with a huge dish of apple crisp! And it’s easy to scale up to feed 4.
  • Easy to customize. If apples aren’t in season or aren’t your thing, this works well with a variety of fruit. I’ve had success with peaches, pears, strawberries, and cherries.
  • Make ahead. You can make and air fry the filling ahead of time. That way, when you want to serve it you just have to add the topping and air fry for 5 minutes!

The Best Air Fryer Apple Crisp Recipe

Ingredients

Apple Filling:

  • Sweet/tart crisp apple, such as Granny Smith
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt

Streusel Topping:

  • Unsalted butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Light brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Other:

  • Unsalted butter

Step-by-Step Instructions

how to make apple crisp in the air fryer
  1. Stir together all ingredients for the apple filling in a medium bowl.
  2. Let it sit until the apple starts to release its liquid, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for the topping until crumbly.
  4. You can see the juices from the apple pooling in the bottom of the bowl once the apple has macerated.
  5. Divide the apple filling (including juices) between 2 (10 to 12-ounce) air fryer-safe dishes. Cover each dish with foil.
  6. Preheat the air fryer to 350F. Air fry for 15 minutes, and then carefully remove the foil.
  7. Divide the topping between the 2 dishes, spreading it around evenly. Place 1 pat of butter on top of each.
  8. Return to the air fryer and air fry (uncovered) until the topping is golden, about 5 minutes more.

Make Ahead

You can make this apple crisp ahead of time! To do so, make it through the first round in the air fryer. After that, let the apple crisp cool and refrigerate (covered) for up to 5 days.

Then when you want to serve them, the only thing you have to do is put the topping on and air fry for 5 minutes.

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Air Fryer Apple Crisp FAQs

What Type of Apple Should I Use to Make Apple Crisp?

Granny Smith is my favorite type of apple to use for apple crisp. These apples keep their shape well even after cooking. Their flavor is sweet/tart, which is a nice balance to the sweet topping.

However, you can use any type of sweet/tart crisp apple you like. Northern Spy, Braeburn, or Jonagold are all good options. If you use an apple that’s on the sweeter side, add 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.

What Other Fruit Can I Use?

You aren’t just limited to apples to make streusel-topped fruit crisp in the air fryer!

I have successfully used peaches, pears, strawberries, and cherries using the same method. I kept everything else in the recipe the same, except swapped out the fruit and added 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice to the filling.

Can I Use Canned Fruit?

Yes! I prefer the flavor of homemade fruit filling, but this recipe will work just fine with canned pie filling.

You can use any type of canned pie filling you like. And the good news is, you only need to top it with streusel topping and air fry it for 5 minutes!

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Air Fryer Apple Crisp Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Other Time20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Air Fryer Apple Crisp features a warm spiced apple filling and a buttery brown sugar streusel topping. It’s easy to make, perfect if you only need two servings, and cooks in just 20 minutes in the air fryer!

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Ingredients
 

Apple Filling:

Streusel Topping:

Other:

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter cut into 2 pats

Instructions
 

  • Stir together all ingredients for the filling in a medium bowl. Let it sit until the apple starts to release its liquid, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for the topping until crumbly.
  • Divide the apple filling (including juices) between 2 (10 to 12-ounce) air fryer-safe dishes. Cover each dish with foil.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350F. Air fry for 15 minutes, and then carefully remove the foil.
  • Divide the topping between the 2 dishes, spreading it around evenly. Place 1 pat of butter on top of each.
  • Return to the air fryer and air fry (uncovered) until the topping is golden, about 5 minutes more.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

  • What Type of Apple to Use: Granny Smith is my favorite type of apple to use for apple crisp. These apples keep their shape well even after cooking. Their flavor is sweet/tart, which is a nice balance to the sweet topping. However, you can use any type of sweet/tart crisp apple you like. Northern Spy, Braeburn, or Jonagold are all good options. If you use an apple that’s on the sweeter side, add 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
  • Make Ahead: You can make this apple crisp ahead of time! To do so, make it through step 4 in the recipe. After that, let the apple crisp cool and refrigerate (covered) for up to 5 days. Then when you want to serve them, the only thing you have to do is put the topping on and air fry for 5 minutes.
  • Apple Substitution: Instead of apples, I have successfully used peaches, pears, strawberries, and cherries (add 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice to the filling for each).
  • Canned Pie Filling: To save time, you can use canned pie filling. Put it into air fryer-safe dishes, top it with streusel, and air fry for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Apple Crisp, Air Fryer Apple Crisp Recipe, Apple Crisp for Two

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  1. 5 stars
    Recipe was fantastic!!

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