How To Make Dehydrated Fruit In The Air Fryer

Air fryers are all the rage these days and for good reason! They can do so much more than fry food, like this delicious recipe for dehydrated fruit. Plus, it’s a healthier way to enjoy your favourite snacks. So, if you’re looking for a fun and easy activity to do at home with your air fryer, give this a try!

freeze dried bananas

How to dehydrate fruit?

Dehydrating fruit in an air fryer is a great way to enjoy healthy snacks without added sugar or preservatives. To get the best results, set your air fryer to the lowest temperature setting and turn up the fan speed for better hot air circulation.

Check your fruit periodically to ensure it is drying evenly, and adjust the settings if necessary. With some practice, you’ll be able to perfectly dehydrate all your favourite fruits with a few simple steps!

What if my air fryer doesn’t have a dehydrate setting?

Yes, you can still dehydrate fruit even without a dedicate-setting on your air fryer. There is no dehydration setting on my Tefal 3-in-1 air fryer, so I emailed Tefal to make sure this was ok.

While the temperature settings might vary, all you need to do is set the heat to the lowest setting and turn up the fan speed for better circulation of hot air. You’ll want to check it periodically and adjust if necessary until you get the desired results.

Dehydrating fruit with an air fryer is easy once you get the hang of it and a great way to enjoy healthy snacks!

Fruit dehydration air fryer setting guide

Fruit TypeTimeCelcius/FahrenheitNotes
Oranges3hrs55C/130FCut thin slices
Strawberries5hrs55C/130FCut thin slices or leave whole
Bananas3hrs55C/130FToss in lemon juice after slicing
Blueberries10hrs55C/130FNo slicing needed
Raspberries5hrs55C/130FBut thin slices or leave whole
Apples16mins150C/300FFlip every 4 minutes

Preheat your air fryer to the dehydration setting.

Do you want to dehydrate fruit with your air fryer? Then make sure to preheat it to the right setting. This will give you that dehydrated crunch homesteaders have enjoyed for generations!

The dehydration setting helps keep the temperature and humidity levels steady, allowing the moisture from within your fruit to be slowly vacuumed away until only a crispy, dehydrated shell remains. And it’s so easy to do! Just set your air fryer, wait for it to preheat, and then place your fruit inside. You’ll have delicious dehydrated treats in no time.

Cut up your fruit into small pieces and spread them out on the air fryer’s tray.

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy crunchy dried raspberries without any added sugar, air frying is the perfect solution!

Start by slicing up your freeze-dried fruit into small pieces (you don’t need to do this for raspberries or blueberries as they are already small) and spread them out onto the tray of an air fryer. Use a mandolin to slice them evenly if you have one.

Keep an eye on the monitor to ensure they don’t overcook – you want them to be light, crunchy and delightfully ripened.

Tools you’ll need

A few tools you might need when dehydrating your fruit, such as a mandolin, air fryer and storage boxes to keep them in.

How long does it take to dehydrate fruit in the air fryer?

Making dehydrated fruit is a great way to absorb all the natural sweetness without any added sugar. All you need to do is let your favourite type of fruit dehydrate for three-five hours at 55 degrees Celsius or 130 Fahrenheit or until all its moisture has been evenly dehydrated. Times vary depending on what type of fruit. See the table above to check the estimated times.

Once dry, your fruit stores better and provides the same nutrients and vitamins as its pre-dried counterparts. As an added bonus, dehydrated fruits are also packed with flavour and perfect to use in baking or to snack on anytime!

So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to other sweet snacks, dehydrated fruit might be just what you’re looking for.

Store the dried fruit in an airtight container and enjoy it as a healthy snack!

Dehydrated fruit is an incredibly healthy snack that is perfect for any time of day. Not only does dehydrate the fruit retain its nutrition, but it also creates a much more intense flavour than regular fresh fruit.

When you have dehydrated fruit, store it in an airtight container so the flavours don’t get lost and the snack stays fresh. It’s a great option for those on the go because you can take it with you anywhere and enjoy a nutritious snack when needed.

freeze dried raspberries done in air fryer

Try different fruits to see which ones you like best – some of our favourites are strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries!

Whether you’re looking to take your snack game up a notch or want to add some variety to your diet, trying out different fruits is a great way to go. When it comes to favourites, three fruits that always stand out are strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Not only are these fruits delicious in their own right, but they freeze dry really well at home! You can freeze-dry any of these for tasty snacks on the go or find freeze-dried versions in stores for a healthier alternative – it’s fun to experiment with freeze-dried versions of various fruits so you can discover which ones you like best.


Dehydrating fruit is a great way to create a healthy snack you can enjoy anytime. And the best part is, it’s super simple to do! Just preheat your air fryer to the freeze-drying setting, cut up your fruit into small pieces, and let it dry for 5 hours or until it’s completely dried out.

Once it’s finished, store the dried fruit in an airtight container and enjoy! You can try different fruits to see which ones you like best – some of our favourites are strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

So what are you waiting for? Give drying fruit a try, and let me know how it goes in the comments below.


  1. I saw your post on freeze drying in the air fryer and I would like to correct that it is not freeze drying, it is simply dehydrating in the air fryer. Freeze drying consists of freezing, hence the name. The processes you had on dehydrating are ways that I may try, but wanted to just correct the name for the process.

    1. Hi
      Thanks for pointing that out. I always think they are the same thing for some odd reason but yes the process is different.

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