The air fryer has really revolutionized weight loss. This little kitchen counter device cooks foods by circulating heated air around it, creating that appealing crunchy outside that was once only attainable by frying in lots of fat.
By cutting much of the fat out of your favorite fried food recipes, you can blast calorie counts by 70 to 80 percent. What that means is that once forbidden foods—from French fries to donuts—are now back on the menu.
The air fryer can be your savior in the morning because it cooks foods quickly. Even if the entire family is rushing around to get to work or school, you can have a Sunday morning breakfast any day of the week.
Check out these 11 air fryer breakfast recipes that are ready in minutes:
Sounds fancy, tastes fancy, and whips up so quickly in the air fryer that you can have French toast for a weekday breakfast even if you got up late.
Four pieces of whole wheat bread are soaked in a mixture of egg, nonfat milk, cinnamon and unsweetened applesauce, then cooked to perfection in the air fryer. You can top the French toast with chopped apples or put them in the air fryer so they’re soft and warm. Serve as is for 135 calories and one and a half SmartCarbs per serving (recipe makes four). You can also add a little maple syrup or a dollop of low-fat whipped cream, each of which counts towards your daily Extras. Get the full recipe here! >
Eggs have gotten a bad rep over the years but they’re actually a healthy source of protein, so they score high on the satiety scale. This recipe puts them in your reach on even the busiest mornings because they’re combined with just a few other ingredients and cooked in ramekins in your air fryer. Crack one low-cal egg (about 78 calories) in a ramekin and sprinkle with a mix of rosemary, thyme, parsley and pepper. Add a handful of thinly chopped spinach and toss in some diced onion. Cook for about five to eight minutes and enjoy this air fryer breakfast that counts as one PowerFuel. Get the full recipe here! >
Skinny jelly donuts? Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But this recipe delivers the goods for only 132 calories per donut (and one SmartCarb and two Extras). You start with higher fiber whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg. Add a large egg, Truvia Sugar Blend, nonfat milk, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, light butter and vanilla extract. Bake for about eight minutes. After they’ve cooked, use a pastry bag filled with sugar free jelly to pipe a little jelly into the center of each donut. Get the full recipe here! >
You won’t believe how quickly this tasty breakfast comes together. Simply add quartered baby potatoes, chopped zucchini, olive oil and a pinch of garlic to a bowl. Transfer the mixture to your air fryer and cook for about 10 minutes or however long it takes to cook the potatoes. Add chicken sausage to the air fryer and cook for another seven minutes. One serving of this delicious meal is only 247 calories and counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, one Extra and half of a Vegetable. Get the full recipe here! >
You can enjoy two of these donut holes without guilt. They’re only 142 calories per serving and count as one SmartCarb and one Extra. The healthy magic is accomplished by using a whole wheat pastry flour batter with only 2 tablespoons of sugar. They also contain nonfat plain Greek yogurt, light butter and a package of Nutrisystem NutriChocolaty Wafers. Making them is simple: Combine all of the ingredients except for the NutriChocolaty Wafers, then throw the dough in refrigerator. Form the dough into balls and place one of the NutriChocolaty Wafers inside each donut ball. Ten minutes in the air fryer and you have some delicious chocolate-filled treats. Get the full recipe here! >
All the flavors of the fall season combine in this one hearty yet healthy grab-and-go breakfast that not only contains pumpkin spice, but also REAL pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Also in this tasty mix: pecans, dried cranberries, oats, brown sugar and some vanilla for flavor. One of these crispy snacks is just 159 calories and counts as one SmartCarb and two Extras. Get the full recipe here! >
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, filled with chunks of apple . . . mmm, it’s what we love about apple fritters. It used to be impossible to get that texture without frying batter in lots of oil, but the air fryer has changed all that. You can enjoy all that sweet, cinnamon goodness for only 128 calories per serving. This easy recipe combines one diced apple into a batter made with whole wheat pastry flour and only two teaspoons of sugar! There’s not even any oil—parchment paper keeps these flavorful fritters from sticking. Count this as one SmartCarb and one Extra. Get the full recipe here! >
Brunch on a diet just got a whole lot easier with this frittata, which combines high-protein (and filling) egg whites with all your favorite frittata flavors: tomato, mushrooms and chives. You can use prepared egg whites available in the dairy section of your supermarket to cut down on time. The best thing about this recipe, after its flavor, is the fact that it’s only 75 calories a serving and counts as one PowerFuel. Have it for brunch with a side salad, or save half to enjoy as a snack later in the day when you really need to fight off food cravings. Get the full recipe here! >
No, we’re NOT kidding you. You can enjoy one of these decadent and delicious donuts with your morning coffee for only 161 calories. That’s because it’s made the Nutrisystem and air fryer way. Fiber-rich whole wheat pastry flour is the base of the batter. We also add an egg, Truvia Sugar Blend, nonfat milk, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, light butter and fresh blueberries. Your donuts are ready in the air fryer in just 10 minutes! Glaze them with a mixture of blueberry syrup (made by simmering fresh blueberries on the stove for five minutes) and fat-free cream cheese whirred into spreadable form in the blender. One of these sweeties counts as one SmartCarb and three Extras. Get the full recipe here! >
Gourmet dessert or decadent breakfast? These granola-filled, sweet and juicy peaches could be either. Tell the truth: You’ve always wanted to have dessert for breakfast. And they’re oh so easy to make. Simply slice two medium, slightly underripe peaches in two and discard the pits. Bake them in your air fryer, skin side up, for five minutes. While they’re cooking, whip up the granola filling: oats, light butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spoon it into each peach half and cook for another five minutes. The filling will get runny and gooey and taste divine—all for only 97 calories per peach half, which counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra. Get the full recipe here! >
Lovers of chocolate and donuts will also love the fact that those aren’t forbidden foods on the Nutrisystem plan. In fact, you can get your “fix” of both without guilt by making our air fryer version of chocolate donuts. One is only 135 calories, made with very little fat and sugar but with all the great taste of your favorite coffee shop donuts. The secret is the whole wheat pastry flour batter, nonfat milk and nonfat plain Greek yogurt. It gets its satisfying flavor from a Truvia Sugar Blend and unsweetened cocoa powder that eliminates even more fat. As a bonus, there’s a chocolate glaze made with unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, Greek yogurt and Truvia Sugar Blend. With the help of a donut cup for your air fryer, your donuts are done in only six minutes. Count these sweet treats as one SmartCarb and two Extras. Get the full recipe here! >