Air Fryer Apple Crumble: Crisp, Sweet, and Easy to Make!

I always go apple picking in the fall; it’s one of my favorite activities. When you’ve got a giant bucket of apples to go through, you start getting creative with things to make. This air fryer apple crumble is the perfect dessert option as it’s both simple and delicious!

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What is an Apple Crumble?

An apple crumble is a dessert featuring sweet apple filling topped with a crumbled, streusel like topping. It is much like Dutch apple pie, only without a pie crust at the base.

A crumble differs from a cobbler in the topping, where a cobbler has dollops of cake-like biscuit instead. However, you can certainly make Air Fryer Apple Cobbler as well if you prefer that style of preparation.

Similarly, a crisp uses the same base, but features a crispier topping packed with oats for a crunchy crust. I’ve also got an amazing Air Fryer Apple Crisp you can try if that’s more up your alley.

a spoonful of sweet air fryer apple crumble

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I love an apple crumble because it’s all the flavors of a Dutch apple pie, without all the rolling involved!

Your air fryer does a perfect job of baking, with everything coming together in just about 30 minutes. Thankfully, most of the time is hands off, meaning you can assemble, pop it in, and relax while it cooks to perfection.

While it’s one of my favorite ways to use up fresh apples, this recipe can be made even easier by using canned apple pie filling as the base. When you do that, you skip all the initial baking time!

I also love that the air fryer allows you to make smaller portions easily. Whether you’re trying to achieve portion control, or just cooking for a smaller group, it’s much more convenient than a giant tray in a big oven!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make air fryer apple crumble

For the Apple Filling:

  • 4 medium apples (any variety), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (should be 2 – 2 Β½ cups of fruit total)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp water or apple juice

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ΒΌ cup brown sugar
  • ΒΌ cup salted butter, softened

Special Equipment Note: You’ll need an oven-safe pan that fits in your air fryer for this recipe. I’m using two 4” cake pans since I have a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. However, you can use four 7-ounce ramekins, or a larger single cake pan depending on your specific setup.

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You may use any variety of apples you like. I have Fuji apples here today. For a more firm apple, use Granny Smith, Jazz, or another full bodied apple. You may also want to adjust the amount of sugar if you’re using a sweeter or tarter apple
  • While I’m slicing my apples, you can also cube them if you prefer
  • If you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to compensate. Margarine and plant butter alternatives also work fine for this recipe
  • When slicing apples in advance, toss them in 1 tsp of lemon juice to prevent browning

Variations to Try

  • Mixed Berry. Swap half the apples for fresh or frozen berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, or raspberries (or a mix thereof)
  • Maple Pecan. Use maple syrup in place of the sugar and add pecans to the filling and/or topping
  • Caramel Apple. Sub caramel apple dip for the sugar in the apple filling
  • Apple Cranberry. Add a handful or dried cranberries or Craisins to the apple filling
  • Pumpkin Spice. Use pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon. You can also mix in a couple Tablespoons of canned pumpkin to the filling if desired
  • Whole Grain. Use a whole grain or wheat flour for added fiber. Note that this will create a slightly different consistency
  • Gluten Free. Swap gluten free flour in for the all purpose. The best choices for this recipe are walnut, almond, hazelnut, or macadamia flours
  • Vegan/Dairy Free: Use plant based butter and make sure to select certified vegan ingredients

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Mix the apple slices, cinnamon, and sugar in a bowl. Place them into the bottom of your greased cake pan in an even layer (or divide evenly amongst multiple smaller dishes). Add the water or juice to the pan as well
add apple mixture to the bottom of your greased dishes
  1. Place the pans into the air fryer, then cook for 15 minutes at 360Β°F (no need to preheat) or until the apples soften (if the apples look like they’re starting to burn, you can add a little extra water or juice)
air fry apple mixture until the fruit begins to soften
  1. While the apples cook, in a small bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, and butter, mixing with a fork or your hands until crumbles form
combine flour, brown sugar, and butter in a bowl until crumbles form
  1. Once the apples soften, top them with the crumbled topping
top soften apples with crumble mixture
  1. Return to the air fryer and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until the topping is browned
  2. Serve warm!
overhead view of air fryer apple crumble in oven safe bowl

What to Serve With Apple Crumble

Appetizers

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Cream cheese based dips
  • Ricotta toast

Entrees & Sides

  • Arugula salad
  • Bacon
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin soup
  • Glazed salmon
  • Grilled chicken
  • Pork chops
  • Pad thai
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Brussels sprouts

Try my Air Fryer Salmon Bites, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts With Bacon, Air Fryer Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, or Air Fryer Pumpkin Soup for some perfect pairings!

Toppings

  • Ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • Custard
  • Caramel sauce
  • Cheddar cheese

My easy Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce is a great choice!

Drinks

  • Brandy cocktails
  • Bourbon cocktails
  • Rum cocktails
  • Hard cider
  • Green tea
  • Coffee

Pair with my Bourbon Renewal Cocktail, Hot Honey Bourbon Cocktail, Bourbon Blackberry Lemonade, or a Caramel Apple Cider Margarita for a perfect sip!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Other Fruits Besides Apples in This Recipe?

Yes, you can certainly experiment with other fruits. Pears, peaches, or a combination of apples and berries work well.

Just ensure the fruit is ripe and sliced evenly for even cooking, or defrosted and drained if frozen.

Can I Use Gluten-Free Flour For a Gluten-Free Version?

Absolutely! You can substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour such as almond flour if you prefer a gluten-free option.

Ensure that the chosen flour is labeled as a 1:1 substitute for all-purpose flour.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time and Reheat it Later?

Yes, you can prepare your apple crumble in advance and store it in the refrigerator. When ready to enjoy, reheat individual portions in the air fryer at 350Β°F (175Β°C) for about 5-7 minutes until heated through.

It may also be frozen baked or unbaked for up to 3 months so you can store it for later.

What is the Best Way to Store Leftover Apple Crumble?

To store leftovers, allow the crumble to cool completely. Then, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.

Reheat as needed in the air fryer or microwave.

Can I add oats to the crumble topping for extra texture?

Certainly! Rolled oats can be incorporated into the crumble topping for added texture and flavor.

Simply swap out half of the flour for oats, and mix them in with the topping ingredients.

Can I Use a different type of sugar, like brown sugar or coconut sugar?

Yes, you can substitute granulated sugar with brown sugar, coconut sugar, or any sweetener of your choice.

Each sugar will impart a slightly different flavor to your crumble.

What Should I Do if the Crumble Topping Becomes Too Brown During Cooking?

If you notice the topping is browning too quickly, tent a piece of aluminum foil over the top. This will prevent it from over-browning while allowing the apples to continue cooking.

This is why we cook the apples alone first, to typically prevent this from occurring.

Can I Use Pre-Made Pie Filling Instead of Fresh Apples?

While using fresh apples provides a wonderful flavor, you can definitely use canned apple pie filling if you’re looking for a quicker option.

A pre-made filling replaces all filling ingredients and does not require pre-baking, so you can just add the topping and proceed with the final steps of the recipe.

Can I Make a Vegan Version of This Apple Crumble?

Certainly! To make this dessert vegan, substitute the butter with plant-based margarine or coconut oil.

Also ensure you use a vegan-friendly sweetener, as often sugars may become non-vegan during processing. It’s always best to check the labels for certainty.

Can I Use an Oven Instead of an Air Fryer For This Recipe?

Yes, you can bake this apple crumble in a preheated oven at 350Β°F (175Β°C) for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender.

You do not need to bake the apples alone first in this instance. Just assemble the complete crumble and bake as indicated. You may also double the recipe to make a larger pan for a crowd.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • When you first add the apples to the pan, it’s going to look like too much. The first time I tested this dish I even split them up because I was worried. Don’t! The apples will shrink as they cook and leave you plenty of room
  • While I love my Ninja air fryer, it is extremely powerful and blows loose toppings like this around sometimes. If you want to avoid the mess, you can tent foil over the dish, but know that the crumbs won’t brown as much this way. I just suck it up and rinse the basket out afterwards
  • This crumble will look dry when it finishes. I was convinced I messed up my proportions! However, it doesn’t taste dry at all. If you’re concerned about appearance, you can dot the top of the crumble with some small cubes of additional butter to add moisture
delicious air fryer apple crumble on a plate with a spoon

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Cool leftover apple crumble completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
  • Crumble may also be frozen baked or unbaked for up to 3 months, for a longer term solution
  • To reheat, air fry for 3-5 minutes at 350Β°F, or until warmed through. Crumble may also be enjoyed cold, straight from the refrigerator

More Amazing Apple Recipes to Try

  • Air Fryer Apple Fries
  • Trader Joe’s Rustic Apple Tart in the Air Fryer
  • Caramel Apple Jello Shots

Final Thoughts

This amazing air fryer apple crumble is easy to make, and perfectly delicious. It’s filled with tender, warm apples and a delicious topping akin to a Dutch apple pie. The only difference is there’s no rolling crust required!

Just pop everything into the air fryer for a dessert that’s comforting and convenient; perfect for those chilly fall nights!

If you love all things apple, make sure to check out some of my other Best Air Fryer Apple Recipes for additional inspiration!

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Easy Air Fryer Apple Crumble

This easy air fryer apple crumble has just 7 ingredients, but don’t let that fool you into believing it’s not delicious! It’s the perfect fall dessert after a day of apple picking.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 352 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Apple Filling

  • 3-4 Medium apples (any variety), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 2 – 2 Β½ cups of fruit total)
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp water or apple juice

For the Crumble Topping

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • ΒΌ Cup brown sugar
  • ΒΌ Cup salted butter (softened)

Instructions
 

  • Mix the apple slices, cinnamon, and sugar in a bowl. Place them into the bottom of your greased cake pan in an even layer (or divide evenly amongst multiple smaller dishes). Add the water or juice to the pan as well
    3-4 Medium apples (any variety), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced, 1 Tsp cinnamon, 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp water or apple juice
  • Place the pans into the air fryer, then cook for 15 minutes at 360Β°F (no need to preheat) or until the apples soften (if the apples look like they’re starting to burn, you can add a little extra water or juice)
  • While the apples cook, in a small bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, and butter, mixing with a fork or your hands until crumbles form
    1 Cup all purpose flour, ΒΌ Cup brown sugar, ΒΌ Cup salted butter
  • Once the apples soften, top them with the crumbled topping
  • Return to the air fryer and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until the topping is browned
  • Serve warm!

Notes

  • You may use any variety of apples you like. I have Fuji apples here today. For a more firm apple, use Granny Smith, Jazz, or another full bodied apple. You may also want to adjust the amount of sugar if you’re using a sweeter or tarter apple
  • While I’m slicing my apples, you can also cube them if you prefer
  • If you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to compensate. Margarine and plant butter alternatives also work fine for this recipe
  • When slicing apples in advance, toss them in 1 tsp of lemon juice to prevent browning
  • When you first add the apples to the pan, it’s going to look like too much. The first time I tested this dish I even split them up because I was worried. Don’t! The apples will shrink as they cook and leave you plenty of room
  • While I love my Ninja air fryer, it is extremely powerful and blows loose toppings like this around sometimes. If you want to avoid the mess, you can tent foil over the dish, but know that the crumbs won’t brown as much this way. I just suck it up and rinse the basket out afterwards
  • This crumble will look dry when it finishes. I was convinced I messed up my proportions! However, it doesn’t taste dry at all. If you’re concerned about appearance, you can dot the top of the crumble with some small cubes of additional butter to add moisture
  • Cool leftover apple crumble completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
  • Crumble may also be frozen baked or unbaked for up to 3 months, for a longer term solution
  • To reheat, air fry for 3-5 minutes at 350Β°F, or until warmed through. Crumble may also be enjoyed cold, straight from the refrigerator
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and variety of ingredients, any swaps or toppings added, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 229gCalories: 352kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 3.6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 171mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 330IUVitamin C: 7.2mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1.7mg
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