Air-fried pineapple offers a delightful and nutritious twist to this tropical fruit. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports immune function and skin health. Air frying pineapple allows you to enjoy its natural sweetness and unique flavor without the need for added sugars or oils, contributing to a lower-calorie snack option. Additionally, the gentle cooking process preserves some of the pineapple's inherent enzymes, such as bromelain, which may aid in digestion and possess anti-inflammatory properties. The concentrated natural sugars in pineapple provide a quick energy boost, making it a satisfying and wholesome treat. While moderation is key due to its natural sugar content, air-fried pineapple can be a tasty and guilt-free alternative to sugary snacks, offering both flavor and potential health benefits.
- 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- Cooking spray
Instructions:Preheat the Air Fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
- Cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces, ensuring they are relatively uniform for even cooking.
- If desired, drizzle honey or maple syrup over the pineapple pieces for added sweetness.
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon over the pineapple for extra flavor.
- Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Place the pineapple pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each piece.
- Air fry at 375°F (190°C) for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket or flipping the pineapple halfway through to ensure even cooking.
- Check the pineapple for caramelization and a slightly golden brown color. Adjust the cooking time if needed.
- Once done, remove the air-fried pineapple from the air fryer.
- Serve hot as is or as a topping for yogurt, ice cream, or desserts.