Kick up your apple season this year with these super easy to make and exceptionally beautiful apple fritters. Nobody will believe these are made right in the air fryer with only a few simple ingredients.
You guys! Fall is finally and you know what that means?! It’s hoodie weather and apple season! Being that I live in New York, the original apple capital, you can already guess that apple season is a big thing around here. With all the traditionally apple recipes, it’s nice to change it up a little and these fritters do just that.
Apple fritters are traditionally a deep dried donut made with apples, cinnamon, and a quick glaze. But, when you ditch the oil and make them in the air fryer, you can make them just as crispy and even a tiny bit more healthy. All you need is a few ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time to have these little pillows of joy in your hand and ready to eat.
Why these Air Fryer Apple Fritter Work so Well
- When you fry apple fritters they can get soggy and that’s just the worst. When you make these babies in the air fryer, you omit the oil which is not only better for you, but your fritter will have no chance of getting soggy.
- You can control the temperature so much easier in an air fryer than in traditional oil.
- Homemade apple fritters are so much better than any store bought one you could find.
What goes great with Apple Fritters?
Apple Fritters are absolutely wonderful with a soup of vanilla ice cream , served with coffee, or just eaten alone. Because of their portability they make easy gifts for neighbors, friends, and family. Basically anything could be served alongside of these!
How to Make Air Fryer Apple Fritters
The first thing you are going to do is line your air fryer basket with parchment paper and spray it lightly with non-stick spray. This will make it so everything comes off nice and smooth.
Once that’s done, in a large bowl, whisk together to combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and apple pie spice. Then add the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Make sure not to overmix because your fritter will be tough. You want to mix until it’s just combined. It will look lumpy still and that’s ok!
When the batter is just mixed, add the apples and fold them in gently.
When the batter is prepared, scoop 1-2 tablespoon balls onto the parchment lined air fryer basket. Make sure to leave enough space so the air can circulate properly in the air fryer.
Air Fry the fritters at 365F for 7-9 minutes, or until they are gold brown on the outside. You can store any leftovers you may have in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
Air Fryer Apple Fritters
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice see notes
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large apple diced (about ½ cup)
- Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper and spray it lightly with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and apple pie spice. Whisk to combine.
- Add the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla and whisk to combine-- mix just until no large lumps of flour remain. You don’t want to overmix.
- Add the apples and fold them in gently.
- Scoop 1-2 tablespoon balls onto the parchment lined air fryer basket.
- Bake the fritters at 365F for 7-9 minutes, or until they are gold brown on the outside.
- Enjoy warm. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
If you don’t have apple pie spice, you can use ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg.
If you don’t have buttermilk, milk will work as well!
These fritters are also delicious served with apple butter!
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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