Air fryer oatmeal-stuffed apples

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20 min


40 min



Air fryer oatmeal-stuffed apples

Photo: Erik Putz

These air-fryer apples will remind you of an old fashioned pie—and are ready in no time.


  • 1/3 cup large-flake oats
  • 3 tbsp milk , or 10% cream
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp melted butter , divided
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 dates , finely chopped or 2 tbsp chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans , optional
  • 3 honeycrisp apples , about 240g each, halved crosswise
  • whipped cream , optional
  • honey , optional


  • Line the bottom and sides of air-fryer basket with foil. Preheat air fryer to 350F.
  • Combine oats with milk, maple syrup, 2 tbsp butter, pumpkin pie spice, dates, and pecans (if using) in a medium bowl. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 min.
  • Meanwhile, using a melon baller, scoop out and discard cores from apple halves. Scoop out more apple flesh, leaving a ½-in. border with the peel. (Apples should look like small bowls.) Finely chop the apple flesh and stir into oat mixture.
  • Fill each apple bowl with oat mixture. Arrange in air-fryer basket. Brush tops with remaining 1 tbsp butter.
  • Air-fry until apples are fork-tender, 18 to 20 min. Serve warm, or transfer to a rack to cool completely before refrigerating in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Dollop with whipped cream and drizzle with honey before serving, if desired.

Editor's note

This recipe was developed using the Ninja Foodi 8-qt. 2-Basket Air Fryer. Results using different models may vary.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 270,
  • Protein
  • 2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48 g,
  • Fat
  • 10 g,
  • Fibre
  • 6 g,
  • Sodium
  • 10 mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent Summer 2021 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.