Air-fried strawberries with balsamic and cinnamon! Veg Out With Maria
Elevate your snack game with these deliciously unique air-fried strawberries! Coated in a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze with a warm hint of cinnamon, these strawberries are air fried to perfection. They’re perfect for a healthy on-the-go snack or make a yummy topper for your salad or dessert, bursting with flavor and packed with antioxidants.
Air-fried strawberries with balsamic and cinnamon! Veg Out With Maria

I know what you’re thinking. Why air fry strawberries when they taste delicious all on their own? At least that is what I thought. But, the cool thing about air-fried strawberries is that they make a great portable snack that requires no refrigeration, tastes good, and makes a great topper to salads, plant-based yogurt or ice cream, oatmeal, mixed in with trail mix, you name it!

I’ll be honest, my new air fryer was part of the motivation for this recipe along with there being a good selection of strawberries right now. I enjoy enhancing the flavor of the strawberries with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze and a warm hint of cinnamon. But, it’s totally optional and tastes great just using one ingredient – strawberries!

Not only do these easy-to-make air-fried strawberries burst with flavor, but they also pack a nutritional punch, rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

Nutritional Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries are delicious and they also come with a lot of nutritional benefits.

Vitamin C

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. One cup (166g) of sliced strawberries contains more vitamin C than an orange (97.6 mg vs 69.7 mg). Vitamin C helps the body absorb more iron from plant-based sources, is essential for collagen production, and is a powerful antioxidant protecting your immune health.

Potassium

They are also a good source of potassium. One cup of sliced strawberries provides 254mg of potassium. Potassium relaxes blood vessel walls, lowering blood pressure and protecting against muscle cramping which is important for heart health.

High potassium intake has also been found to positively impact bone health in premenopausal women1.

Fiber

Strawberries are lower in calories than other fruit and contain both insoluble fiber (good for regularity) and soluble fiber which helps feed your good gut bacteria, lower cholesterol levels, and manage blood sugar. One cup of sliced strawberries contains around 3g of total fiber.

Antioxidants & Beneficial Plant Compounds

Strawberries are rich in several powerful antioxidants, contributing to their health benefits. Here are some of the key antioxidants found in strawberries:

  1. Vitamin C: As previously mentioned, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage, supports immune function, and promotes skin health.
  2. Ellagic Acid: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and potential to inhibit cancer cell growth.
  3. Anthocyanins: These give strawberries their vibrant red color and have been linked to heart health and reduced inflammation.
  4. Quercetin: An antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effects, potentially aiding in heart health and allergy relief.
  5. Kaempferol: This flavonoid has been studied for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and cardioprotective properties.
  6. Catechins: These are also found in green tea and are known for their fat-burning properties and ability to improve cardiovascular health.
  7. Procyanidins: These antioxidants contribute to vascular health and may have anti-aging effects.

Not bad for a little fruit!

Air Fried Strawberries

So, now that you know all the nutritional benefits of strawberries let’s get to air-frying! I’ve mentioned that this recipe is easy to make and only requires 3 ingredients. But, I didn’t mention something else you need when trying to dehydrate strawberries. Patience!

It’s not a quick throw them in the air fryer for 30 minutes and they’re done. It takes hours to dehydrate. The good news is that it’s simple to prepare and once you put them in the air fryer you can go about your business doing other things.

Ingredients

Here are the 3 ingredients you will need:

  • Fresh strawberries (2 lbs or 907g)
  • Balsamic vinegar (2 Tbs)
  • Cinnamon (2 tsp)
picture of a bottle of ground cinnamon, balsamic vinegar, and a package of strawberries on a red placemat.

The balsamic vinegar adds a nice tangy pop mixed with the sweet and spicy touch of cinnamon.

Note: the above amounts will not fit in your air fryer at one time, especially if you’re trying to spread them out without touching. So, if you don’t want to cook in batches, cut the recipe amounts in half. Just know that the strawberries will shrink so your end result may not produce a lot.

Equipment Needed

The key equipment needed for this recipe is obviously an air fryer. The larger the better! I used the Ninja Foodi 11-quart Megazone air fryer which has a dehydration setting, but any old air fryer will do.

  • Air fryer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Measuring spoons

Another must-have is parchment paper. I highly recommend you line your air fryer with it. You will thank me later! If you have fancy silicone or mesh sheet liners then you are golden.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The instructions are pretty simple.

1.) The first step is to wash your strawberries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Then you want to hull or remove the stems. I’m lazy and just slice off the tops.

picture of whole strawberries in colander

2.) Then slice your strawberries about 1/4 inch thick and add them to a bowl.

Sliced strawberries on cutting board
sliced strawberries in bowl

3.) Third, add the 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp cinnamon and stir together until evenly coated.

sliced strawberries in bowl with balsamic vinegar and cinnamon mixed in

4.) Now is the time to whip out your essential parchment paper and line the basket of your air fryer. Place the strawberries in a single layer on the parchment paper to fill the air fryer without overcrowding.

I experimented using my old small air fryer (I think it’s 5 quart capacity) and dumped the strawberries in. It will still work but the air frying time will be longer and I noticed they shrunk more.

balsamic and cinnamon sliced strawberries lined on parchment paper in air fryer

5.) Final step is to put those suckers in a preheated air fryer and get to air frying! The Ninja Foodi has a dehydration mode. The automatic setting in dehydration mode was 150 degrees F for 6 hours. I am too impatient for that, so I left it on the dehydration mode and increased the temperature to 180 degrees F, decreasing the time to 3 hours. Serious dehydrators will frown upon this but it worked!

If you don’t have a dehydration mode, no worries. Just set it to the lowest setting (usually 180 degrees F) and it will work just fine. Halfway through flip the strawberries over. They tend to stick to the parchment paper so it was easier to use my hands to do this.

Even though you set the cooking time for 3 hours, I would check it every hour as every air fryer is different and will have slightly different cooking times. Once they are completely dry (without being burnt) you’ll know they are done.

Storage

Let’s talk storage – if you don’t end up eating them all right away!

  1. Cool Completely: Ensure the dehydrated air-fried strawberries are completely cool before storing to prevent condensation.
  2. Airtight Container: Place the strawberries in an airtight container or a vacuum-sealed bag to keep out moisture and air. A mason jar works great.
  3. Dark and Cool Place: Store the container in a cool, dark place such as a pantry or cupboard.

Refrigeration (Optional):

  • Extended Freshness: If you live in a particularly humid climate you can store the airtight container in the refrigerator. I would line your container with a paper towel to absorb any extra moisture.

By following these tips, you can enjoy your dehydrated air-fried strawberries for several months.

Air-fried strawberries with balsamic and cinnamon! Veg Out With Maria

Air Fried Strawberries With Balsamic & Cinnamon!

Maria Tointon, RDN, LDN, CSR
Elevate your snack game with these deliciously unique air-fried strawberries! Coated in a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze with a warm hint of cinnamon, these strawberries are air fried to perfection. They’re perfect for a healthy on-the-go snack or make a yummy topper for your salad or dessert, bursting with flavor and packed with antioxidants.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6
Calories 55 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 cutting board and knife
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs strawberries
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Wash your strawberries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Then you want to hull or remove the stems.
  • Then slice your strawberries about 1/4 inch thick and add them to a bowl.
  • Add the 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp cinnamon and stir together until evenly coated.
  • Take parchment paper and line the basket of your pre-heated air fryer. Place the strawberries in a single layer on the parchment paper to fill the air fryer without overcrowding. *Note you will have to air-fry in batches. If you don't want to do this, cut the recipe amounts in half.
  • Set the temperature to 180 degrees F for 3 hours. I used the dehydration mode on my air fryer but if you don't have that, the regular air fryer mode will work as well.
  • At the halfway point turn over your strawberries. They can be quite sticky, so I found using my hands to flip them was easiest.
  • Even though you set the cooking time for 3 hours, I would check it every hour as every air fryer is different and will have slightly different cooking times. Once they are completely dry (without being burnt) you'll know they are done.
  • Let them cool and then they are ready to enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 240mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 89mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
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Conclusion

These air-fried strawberries with balsamic and cinnamon are a yummy on-the-go nutritious treat that combines the sweet juiciness of strawberries with the rich tang of balsamic vinegar and the warmth of cinnamon. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, this simple recipe not only satisfies your taste buds but also supports your health.

Whether enjoyed as a snack, a topper, or a satisfying dessert, these air-fried strawberries should not disappoint. I encourage you to try this recipe at home and don’t forget to share your creations and experiences in the comments below – I can’t wait to hear how you enjoyed this delicious treat!

If you’d like to learn more about meeting your micronutrient needs on a plant-based diet and the key supportive nutrients needed during peri/menopause check out my Plant-Based Over 40 Guide.

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