Desserts

December 25, 2021

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples are an easy, healthy dessert. Made with only a few whole food plant-based ingredients, you can whip up this dish in just 25 minutes!

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

I have to say, I know that eating fruit is healthy, but it's not always my first choice for dessert. Like, if I can have a healthy brownie, why would I just eat a piece of fruit?

Usually, I end up sneaking fruits and veggies into my desserts. All my brownie recipes use sweet potatoes. And lots of my ice cream recipes use bananas.

But there's something different about having actual fruit for dessert. These baked apples make me actually want to eat fruit for dessert. They are sweet and have spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for extra flavor. Plus pecans and currants for some delicious texture.

I also love that these are air fryer baked apples. No need to heat up the oven. The air fryer blasts these guys and (with a little trick) they end up soft and sweet in no time.

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

Why I love these Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Simple & easy dessert — you only need a few ingredients to put this dessert together, and you'll be done in just 25 minutes!
  • It's fruit — you'll actually look forward to eating fruit for dessert!

Ingredient Notes

  • Apples: choose your favorite variety. I used Galas because I prefer sweeter apples
  • Pecans: use raw, unsalted pecans. You could sub another nut like walnuts or almonds.
  • Currants: currants have such a unique taste, I prefer them to raisins in this dish, but raisins would work as a substitute for currants
  • Maple Syrup: for a completely fruit-sweetened dessert, use date syrup instead
  • Nut Butter: I used my mixed nut butter, but any neutral tasting nut butter like almond butter or cashew butter would be perfect
  • Lemon Juice
  • Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, salt
  • Boiling Water: don't skip this! It helps to cook the apples. Without the water the apples would burn before they cook fully

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

How to make Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

Step 1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.

Step 2. Cut the top off of the apple. Use a knife to scoop out the core.

Step 3. In a small bowl mix the pecans, currants, maple syrup, nut butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Step 4. Place the apples in the dish for your air fryer (or baking dish for the oven). Spoon the mixture into the crevice of each apple. Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the dish.

Step 5. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Oven Instructions

Follow the same directions for the air fryer, except bake the apples for an extra 5-10 minutes.

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this healthy dessert. Thank you for giving us foods that give our bodies nutrients AND taste delicious. Amen.

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

Related Recipes

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Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples

Oil-Free Vegan Air Fryer Baked Apples are an easy, healthy dessert. Made with only a few whole food plant-based ingredients, you can whip up this dish in just 25 minutes!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

10

min

cook:

15

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/3 Cup Currants
  • 6 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Nut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer (or oven) to 350°F.
  2. Cut the top off of the apple. Use a knife to scoop out the core.
  3. In a small bowl mix the pecans, currants, maple syrup, nut butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Place the apples in the dish for your air fryer (or baking dish for the oven). Spoon the mixture into the crevice of each apple. Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the dish.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes OR 20-25 minutes in the oven. Serve and enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography