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Air fryer jalapeño poppers arranged on a plate next to some honey.

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers (Dairy-Free)

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 24 poppers
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers are a dairy-free twist on a game day staple! They’re filled with homemade cashew cheese and wrapped in crispy prosciutto. You only need 7 ingredients and they take just 10 minutes in the air fryer!


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 small jalapeño peppers
  • 8 slices prosciutto


  1. Add the cashews to a glass dish, cover with hot water and let soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the cashews and add them to a blender or food processor along with the nut milk, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika and salt. Blend on high until creamy.
  3. Cut your jalapeños in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and membrane. (Wear gloves to protect your hands).
  4. Tear each slice of prosciutto into 3 pieces. (Make sure they’re big enough to wrap around a jalapeño).
  5. Fill each jalapeño half with cashew cheese and wrap with a piece of prosciutto.
  6. Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray. Add the jalapeños in a single layer and air fry on 325F for 10-12 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the prosciutto is crispy. Repeat until all the jalapeños are air fried.


  1. You can use traditional green jalapeños or black jalapeños (pictured in this recipe), which have a darker colour (almost black) and a milder taste.
  2. A high powered blender or food processor works best to make the cashew cheese filling.
  3. The cashew cheese will puff up in the air fryer, so be sure not to overfill the jalapeños.
  4. This recipe was tested using a Philips 2.75 quart air fryer. If you’re using a different brand, model and/or size, you may need to adjust the temperature or air frying time slightly.
  5. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: air fried jalapeño poppers, dairy-free jalapeño poppers, jalapeño poppers without cream cheese