You’re only 20 minutes away from a single-serving Air Fryer Apple Crisp! Top with ice cream and caramel for the perfect cozy fall dessert for one, or two!
Single-serving desserts are great because the smaller size prevents me from overindulging. So, what could be better than a single-serving apple crisp? One that’s made in the air fryer!
When given the choice between apple pie and apple crisp, the apple crisp is always the clear winner for me. I’ll always take that sweet, crispy, oatmeal topping over pie crust any day!
I love this Air Fryer Apple Crisp because it cooks faster than a conventional oven, and the topping is still crispy! Plus, no need to mess with a pie crust! This recipe only takes 20 minutes, start to finish, and it can be made with pantry ingredients! It’s perfect for a cozy fall day for two (or one if you don’t feel like sharing).
Air Fryer Apple Crisp Equipment
For this recipe, as written, you’ll need an air fryer. Alternatively, you can make this in the oven or the microwave.
Currently, I own, and LOVE, the 3.7 quart Go-Wise Air Fryer. Although, I’m always eyeing the slightly bigger sized 5.8 quart Go-Wise Air Fryer. If you are looking to buy your first air fryer, I recommend buying the biggest one you can for your money.
Although, any basket type air fryer will work well. I haven’t tried this recipe with an oven-style air fryer. But if you do, let me know how it turns out!
In addition to an air fryer, I recommend the additional equipment:
- Chef’s Knife and Cutting Board
- Small Mixing Bowl
- 4″ inch ramekins
- Canning Jar Lifter or Silicone, Heat Resistant Tongs
Air Fryer Apple Crisp Prep Tips
Which apples are the best for apple crisp?
For this recipe, my favorite apple to use are Granny Smith apples (the green apple pictured above). They are slightly tart and sweet. More importantly, they do not become mushy or mealy as they bake. Basically, they are the perfect all-purpose baking apple.
If you don’t have access to Granny Smith apples, other good alternatives are Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Jonagold. In the photos above, the red apple is a SweeTango.
Do you peel apples in apple crisp?
I don’t peel my apples. I figure I’ll take the extra fiber. Plus, if you microwave the apples to make them softer before air frying, the peel also softens quite a bit. So, I don’t take the extra step to peel the apples.
However, if you prefer an apple crisp without apple skin, peel the skin prior to cutting the apples.
What if I don’t have an Air Fryer?
Thankfully, you can still enjoy a single-serving apple crisp if you don’t have an air fryer. You can make it in less than 5 minutes in the microwave, or about 30 minutes in the oven.
One of the great things about the microwave is you can have dessert in about 10 minutes (including prep). Although, the topping will not be as crispy.
First, prepare the apples as directed in the recipe. Prior to adding the crumble topping, microwave for 1 minute to soften the apples. Then, add apple crisp topping, and microwave for about an additional 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until the apples are soft, and the mixture is bubbly.
To make this apple crumble in the oven, you do not need to par-cook the apples in the microwave. Instead, prepare the apple crisp as directed. Then, bake the apple crisp, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender.
When I mix the topping, I always start with a spoon. Inevitably, I always end up using my hands because it never comes together fast enough.
Because air fryer cooking times and temperatures can vary, start checking the apple crisp at 12 minutes to check for doneness. If you do not pre-cook the apples in the microwave, the apples will still have a slightly firm texture. Personally, I like having some texture to my apples.
Be very careful removing the ramekins from the air fryer. They will be VERY hot! The easiest way to remove the ramekins from the air fryer is to use Canning Jar Lifter or Silicone, Heat Resistant Tongs. Also be sure to protect your counters and set the ramekins onto Potholders.
Want More like this Air Fryer Apple Crisp?
Do you have a favorite single-serving dessert? I’d love to hear what yours is! Let me know in a comment below.
Or if you’re looking for more apple or fall desserts give these ones a try:
- Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings
- Quick and Easy Air Fryer Turnovers (Apple)
- Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake (See post for Apple Dump Cake variation)
I also have a whole collection of air fryer recipes, click here!
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Air Fryer Apple Crisp
- 1 large Apple
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Flour
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Butter Softened
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Flour
- 2 tbsp Rolled Oats
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- Using a cutting board and sharp knife, cut apple into quarters. Slice down the center of each apple slice to remove the core. Slice each quarter into 4 even slices. Cut each slice into 1/4" pieces.
- In a small bowl, mix apple, lemon juice, cinnamon, flour, and brown sugar.
- If desired, microwave apples for 1-2 minutes to soften the apples.
- Divide the apple mixture between two 4" ramekins.
- In the same mixing bowl, combine topping ingredients. Mix until the texture resembles small pebbles. (I like to use my hands to mix the topping).
- Divide the topping mixture on top of each ramekin. Transfer the ramekins to the air-fryer basket.
- Set air fryer to 350 degrees, and cook the apple crisp for 12-15 minutes.
- Carefully, remove the ramekins from the air fryer (they will be HOT). Serve warm. If desired, top with ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped topping.