Cinnamon & Sugar Apple Rings (grain/sugar free)

by Brittany on November 16, 2011

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These little rings of heaven take less than 30 minutes start to finish.. and are good for you. Yes, having an apple fried in coconut oil can be good for you! Other oils may be used, Grapeseed oil would be another great choice.

I used Powdered Stevia in this recipe as sugar destroys me.  I recommend Nunaturals Stevia to avoid the “after taste” stevia can have. *IF*  you are not sugar free just swap out the stevia for any form of granulated sugar to taste.  Also- if you want to bread these Apple Rings with other ingredients aside from from Coconut Flakes. Go for it! Crushed Chex Cereal, Finely chopped Nuts among other things should work.

This recipe needs the egg. Without it the breading falls right off when its fried. If you are egg free- but can do other starches you might try mixing together a little arrowroot or tapioca and water. Flax meal Gel  might also work. (I have not tested these ideas out- just shooting from the hip on what has worked for me in the past).

I don’t recommend baking these vs. frying. The apples will become mush rather than stay firm. Any variety of apple should work for these. I used honey crisp apples which are my all time favorite.

The Coconut Flakes in this recipe are not overly crisp- but they do have a really nice texture that we enjoyed. (Coconut flour will not work.. don’t bother trying. ) Sweetened Coconut flakes can be used if you are not concerned with sugar. In that case you may not need any extra added sugar.

I found I had the best results using finely ground coconut flakes.  I recommend briefly running the flakes through a coffee grinder to a finer consistency. If the flakes are too large they may fall off in the oil.

Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings.

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes 
2-3 Packets of Stevia (2-3 Grams) to taste.  
1 – 1 1/2 TBS Cinnamon
1/2- 1 Tsp. Sea Salt to taste.

1 Egg Whisked

2-3 Apples Cored, Peeled and sliced into Rings. 

Coconut Oil for Frying (I LOVE Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut oil)

  1. Pour oil into a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Turn on medium-low and allow to heat while you prepare the apples. You want enough oil so that the rings can float.
  2. In a small bowl combine the breading ingredients: Coconut Flakes, Stevia, Cinnamon and Salt. Mix together.  In another small bowl whisk the egg.
  3. Core, peal and slice the apples into rings. Dip each ring into the egg and then into the breading. Fry each ring 1-2 minutes flipping once. Place finished rings on a paper towel and serve hot!
How long you cook these rings is up to you! I prefer to keep my cooking time shorter as I like the inside of my apples to still remain a little crisp.
Hope you enjoy these!
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Jillian November 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

These look like Simoas!

Make mock simoas? Pleeeease?


Brittany November 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Thats exactly what I thought too!! :) I have those on my list for a project in my future as I LOVE them!


Heather @Gluten-Free Cat November 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

These look delicious! And I love how easy they are to make. I’m adoring seasonal cooking this Fall!


SunnyB @ andloveittoo November 17, 2011 at 5:48 am

This picture came up and my first thought was “holy cow those look good!”

I cannot wait to try these!


Heidi @ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

These look delish Brittany! I have a question for you, which NuNaturals Stevia do you use, the white stevia powder?

I noticed the NuNaturals Baking blend is not gluten-free because it contains oat fiber (bummer). I’d love to find a stevia without the bitter aftertaste to use in my baking.



Brittany November 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I don’t use the baking blend! I keep it simple and just stick to the little stevia packets. I find nunaturals reigns high above the rest..
But I have Also been sugar free for like two months now and have gotten used to stevia. It tastes like sugar to me at this point :)


Lisa [With Style and Grace] January 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I’m so happy to have discovered your site, I love it – especially these cinnamon & sugar apple rings, yum! Excited to see what’s to come in 2012 – cheers!


Brittany January 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Thank you so much! Happy new year!!


cecilia January 12, 2012 at 3:02 am

Brittany, what do you do with the coconut oil after you fry the apples?


Brittany January 12, 2012 at 3:27 am

I saved it in a jar and used it again :)


Willow Rain January 19, 2012 at 5:12 am

I can’t wait to try these!! I have some new variety of apples I am trying called Opal. I think these apples will be fabulous in this recipe!!! Thank you!


Vikki Green January 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm

One question for you. How do you store these? Or must they be eaten right away? Could they be strored in the freezer and use for school snacks?


Brittany January 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hi. I think like most fried things they taste best eaten hot, right away.
Ours were eaten quickly- so I’m not sure about storage.


Kristy Neeley March 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

YEAH!! I am making these immediately! After years of eating low fat and only olive oils (never really frying, I LOVE that eating coconut oil is healthy and delicious!! Thanks for this! I have a healthy, natural, and crafty blog at stop by! EXCITED to find your blog! Will be back for more!


Elizabeth August 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hi, I was wondering about a no egg version? The recipe looks so delish but my 3 year old has a egg allergy!


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