These air fryer apple fritters are packed full of sweet apples, and warm spices, and drizzled with a delicious glaze. These are the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch!
I love using my air fryer, especially on days when it’s really hot outside and I don’t want to turn on the stove, let alone deep fry anything.
These air fryer apple fritters have everything you love about apple fritters–the sweet, tender apples, the warm apple pie spices, the sweet sticky glaze–and none of the extra frying oil!
The air fryer does an excellent job at baking these fritters until they’re crispy and golden on the outside.
Trust me, even if it’s 80º outside, these apple fritters will transport you straight to a cool autumn day!
Ingredients for air fryer apple fritters
- Butter – This is the fat of choice for these fritters, that will give us that moist crumb.
- Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract helps bring all of the flavors together and adds sweetness.
- Sugar – This gives our fritters a nice sweetness.
- All-purpose flour – This is a simple basic baking ingredient that helps hold the fritters together.
- Baking powder – This helps the fritters to puff up a bit and get nice and light.
- Apple pie spice – Found in the spice aisle at your local grocery store, this will give our fritters a warm, fall flavor.
- Buttermilk – Buttermilk provides moisture and some tanginess.
- Apples – The star of the show! Make sure to use a firm, crisp apple in these fritters.
- Powdered sugar – A classic sugar used in glazes because it easily dissolves in liquid at room temperature.
- Milk – The liquid of choice for our glaze.
- Vanilla extract – To make the glaze have a sweet, vanilla flavor.
Making your own buttermilk
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, don’t worry! You can make your own buttermilk at home!
Simply take 1 cup of whole cow’s milk, and add either 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
Stir, and let sit on the counter for 5 minutes.
You’ll notice it starts to curdle and separate, but that’s ok! That’s what we want!
And voila, you have yourself a cup of buttermilk substitute!
Making your own apple pie spice
Apple pie spice is found in most major grocery stores in the spice aisle, but you can also make your own!
I like to keep it simple with a blend of equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
But feel free to jazz it up with a little ginger, or cardamom!
In your local grocery store, there’s usually a huge variety of apples to choose from!
So how do you know which ones will be best for these air fryer apple fritters?
My favorite type of apple to use for this recipe is granny smith, Honeycrisp, or pink lady. They are crispy, crunchy, sweet, and tangy.
They also hold their shape and don’t dissolve into applesauce when cooked down.
I would stay away from McIntosh, gala, fuji, or red delicious. These are often mealy apples, and not very good to use in this application.
Storage and leftovers of apple fritters
Leftovers of these fritters will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
More apple recipes
- Love baked apples? Try my Oatmeal Stuffed Breakfast Baked Apples
- Want more breakfast treats? Try my Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Need something refreshing to drink? Try my Apple Crisp Macchiato
- Craving something sweet? Try my Caramel Apple Dump Cake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large apple, diced
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 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 juist 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 365 degrees F for 7-9 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the outside.
- Enjoy warm. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days at room temperature.
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
- If the glaze is too thick add more milk, if the glaze is too thin add more powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g
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