Dessert can be a weak spot for many of us with a sweet tooth. There is very little that compares to a hot, deep fried funnel cake that has a dusting of confectioner’s sugar. But, all those calories and fat are just too much to consume often. It is possible to make healthier versions of your favorite desserts by using an air fryer. There is no need for frying in oil to achieve the textures you enjoy.
Make Healthy Choices
When making desserts in the air fryer, you don’t need much added fat like shortening. You might choose to use coconut oil instead. You can also make gluten-free desserts by substituting coconut flour or a gluten-free flour blend for wheat flour. Vegan desserts can be made with egg substitutes or other leavening and binding agents. Maple syrup and stevia can stand in for simple sugars.
Choose fresh berries and bananas for added nutrients, fiber, and natural sweetness. Try our Gluten-Free Donuts Donuts for something different. You could add some dried fruit or dark chocolate chips to the dough for a little more texture and sweetness.
Baking in an air fryer takes a little trial and error. The basket or crisper plate won’t be able to handle a loose batter. It will simply drip through the holes. Individual silicon molds can hold these batters. Some air fryers have baking pan accessories. The pans are often small, so adjust your ingredient quantities accordingly or bake in batches.
Because the air is circulating rather quickly, there may be some movement and displacement of batters and doughs. For instance, when baking sweet flat breads, you may notice that they will fly around inside the air fryer as they cook and rise. They also may puff up unevenly. This won’t necessarily compromise the flavor. You can place the wire rack insert above the breads to ensure they stay put. In other words, experiment until you find what works best.
Add Some Texture
Don’t forget to use your dehydrate setting to dry all sorts of fruits that you can use as a topping for pudding or yogurt. The same goes for nuts. It is super easy to roast nuts in an air fryer. Coat them with a little oil and honey for some sweetness. Chop up the roasted nuts and top your favorite ice cream with them.
Below you’ll find links to our tasty air fryer dessert recipes. If there’s some recipe you would like to see on our site, please leave a comment below.