Air fryer recipes make tasty, quick snacks

All photos by Katie Simons '22

My family is normally on the go and we often find ourselves trying to find quick and easy recipes. In the past year, we’ve found that some of the faster recipes are the ones we make in our airfryer. So here are three of our favorite snacks to make in the air fryer.

Kale Chips

This three-ingredient recipe will take you less than 10 minutes and makes for a great snack or topping on a salad. All you need is kale, two teaspoons of olive oil and a dash of the seasoning of your choice. My family uses Montreal steak seasoning, which is a mix of garlic, red and black pepper flakes, salt, dill and coriander, but anything from truffle salt to a preferred dressing will work.

Pour the kale into a bowl and add your two teaspoons of olive oil on the top. Add a dash of your seasoning in, but feel free to add more if you think necessary. Then mix the oil olive and seasonings into the kale. Make sure that all of the kale is covered.
Place the kale into the air fryer and set it at 300 degrees fahrenheit for five minutes.

Once ready, put in a bowl and enjoy. You can eat them as chips or add them into a dish, but either way, they will be a crowd pleaser.

Truffle Honey Goat Cheese Balls

I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth and I’ve found that these truffle honey goat cheese balls are a great way to balance the bitter taste of salad leaves. They’re an easy way to add more flavor into your everyday salad.

All you need for this recipe is:

- Goat cheese (I use the Trader Joe’s version with honey already infused, but plain goat cheese works as well)

- Truffle honey

- Panko bread crumbs

Start by placing the goat cheese onto a cutting board or in a bowl. Evenly slice the goat cheese into pieces. The size can vary depending on how large you’d like them to be. Lay the goat cheese flat and add a dollop of truffle honey onto top of the cheese and spread it around. Then place the bread crumbs in a bowl, then the cheese on top. Cover all sides of the goat cheese with bread crumbs, then place them on a rack to put inside of the air fryer.

Set the air fryer to 400 degrees fahrenheit for three minutes. Fair warning, they will lose their shape a bit because of the heat. If you’d like to avoid this, you can put the goat cheese balls in the freezer for up to two hours before frying them, but if you're like my family and need to whip these up in a rush, it won’t lose any favor if the shape is lost, so we just leave it be.

They may look a little funky, but they still will taste great. You can serve these in a salad, with crackers or just eat them as is.

Avocado Fries

These may not be that much healthier than real fries, but they sure do taste great. All you need for this recipe is an avocado and panko bread crumbs.

First, cut the avocado in half.

Then evenly slice the avocado into pieces, but leave the skin on for now.

Once they have been cut, peel the skin off of each of the avocado slices.

Roll the pieces in the bread crumbs. Make sure to coat each side. Warning, this part can get a little messy.

Place the avocado pieces in the air fryer at 300 degrees fahrenheit for four minutes. If needed, you can leave them in for a little longer.

Once ready, you can serve plain or with a dipping sauce, like sriracha aioli. I also add salt to make the taste a little stronger.

Enjoy these simple snacks that are sure to satisfy your taste buds as a snack or as a fun addition to any meal.