By Vanessa Greaves

The sweet side of air frying

Did you know your air fryer has a sweet side? You can use it to make fried desserts minus the mess (and the extra calories) from the oil you'd normally use with conventional frying. Bonus: You don't have to worry about disposing of used frying oil, either. Pretty sweet, yes? Here are a dozen air fryer desserts to make you happy you have an air fryer.

"Mini hand pies filled with a buttery apple-cinnamon mixture and topped with a sweet powdered sugar glaze. They bake in less than 10 minutes in an air fryer." — Kim's Cooking Now

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"Craving that carnival food? With just 3 ingredients and an air fryer, you can make fried Oreos at home!" — Yoly

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"Who doesn't love churros? They're a delicious cinnamon-sugar treat, and making them in an air fryer takes them from a guilty treat into a sweet treat." — thedailygourmet

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"These yummy apple fritters can be made in under 30 minutes with the help of an air fryer! Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired." — thedailygourmet

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"Tastes awesome," says reviewer Opelia. "I used ripe plantains to serve as a side dish. With bananas I like to sprinkle a dust of cinnamon and it makes a great dessert with vanilla ice cream."

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Try these classic New Orleans-style fried doughnuts made a little lighter in your air fryer. Recipe creator thedailygourmet suggests using a silicone egg-bite mold to hold the dough while it cooks.

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Recipe creator Launa says, "Everyone loves a good banana cake; this is a scaled down version that makes a small cake ideal for the air fryer or for a single person."

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"I made it with almond milk since it was what I had on hand and added a touch of vanilla. It turned out nice and dense. Will make again." — virgoblue

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"Fresh cherries under a crumbly topping baked in an air fryer allow you to have a lovely baked treat during summer without heating up the kitchen with your regular oven. You will need an air fryer baking attachment or a nonstick baking dish that will fit into the fryer basket." — Buckwheat Queen

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"This was a very simple and sweet treat," says reviewer sammi. "I added more cinnamon and nutmeg to the apple filling for taste. Will be making these again but will cut and use real apples instead of the can filling for a better taste."

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"This is a chocolate cake I make in my air fryer, I like to use a ring tin as it makes the cooking time even shorter, perfect for a couple or small family. Top with icing sugar." — Launa

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Permission to have French toast for dessert! "Wasn't expecting these to be so good!" says reviewer CLG. "I did an extra minute at the end for a bit more crispy and used unsweetened almond milk since that was on hand. I will definitely make these again."

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More: See our entire collection of air fryer recipes, including main dishes, breakfast, and snacks.