Baked Almond Apple Crisp Rings

These baked apple crisp rings made with almond meal are a healthier version of the classic dessert. Top with vanilla ice cream for a delicious treat.

Being on the road for the past few days has really made me disturbingly aware of how much I keep myself in a bubble when I’m at home. We have no cable and my internet awareness is whatever I read on twitter, facebook or blogs, all content that I control by the people I choose to follow. God, that makes me sound lame.

Baked almond apple crisp rings

There are many things I like about fall.

In fact, my decision to move back north when we lived in Florida was about 95% due to me *thinking* I missed the change in seasons, apple cider donuts and pumpkin picking in a real patch while not 90 degrees outside.

However, there are two major downfalls of the season.

Football and politics.

Baked apple rings

For my thoughts on football, see this post on edamame dip – it’s a little intense.

My thoughts on politics? Glad you asked.

Short story…I cannot stand them. Or at least what they’ve become in this country.

Apple crisp rings

Longer story…The hoopla, and yes, that’s an appropriate word because nothing concrete ever actually gets discussed, drives me nuts.

We turn conventions into freakin’ spectacles where news reporters comment on the dress of the first lady or other stupid trivial things rather than actual issues, we listen to politician after politician say absolutely nothing of substance and instead deliver 1 liners that will bring the already incredibly biased audience in attendance to their feet, clapping every other minute so we can pause, wait for the ruckus to die down and then listen to the next 1 liner and we listen to commercials that attack the opposite party about their past and marital relations rather than state what they actually stand for.

My parents think because of my lack of interest in all this I’m a naïve, liberal (I’m not liberal, but they’re about as Fox News slanted as it gets) youngin’ that is living in some blogging la-la land.

Part of that may be true at times, but naïve I am not.

In truth, I honestly just think this country is so far broken in many of it’s policies and “systems” that it’s beyond fixing. Well let me rephrase that, it’s beyond fixing because the way our electoral system is set up, the American public will never elect a person who is capable of actually making real change.

I do believe those people exist, they just don’t make it on the ticket and even if they did, I don’t believe we have the balls to “hire” them for 4 years. We’re a country that wants everything and yet for the most part, aren’t willing to put in the effort or sacrifice anything so change will never actually happen.

So when I’m forced to listen to and watch pathetically shallow recaps of the democratic convention while eating breakfast at the hotel, getting coffee in line at Starbucks and even when discussing deferred maintenance on a college campus, it makes me want to scream and go back to my bubble.

Baked apple crisp rings

A bubble that happily includes apple crisp rings.

Because to me, that’s way more interesting and attention worthy than critiquing Michelle Obama’s attire or speculating on why Bill & Hillary are still married.

Baked Almond Apple Crisp Rings

Baked Almond Apple Crisp Rings

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These baked apple crisp rings made with almond meal are a healthier version of the classic dessert. Top with vanilla ice cream for a delicious treat.


  • 1 large apple, cored and sliced into rings
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • vanilla ice cream & maple syrup for topping, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top.
  2. Pour coconut oil into small shallow dish.
  3. Mix almond meal, cinnamon and nutmeg together in another shallow dish.
  4. Coat each apple slice in the coconut oil then dip in the almond meal mixture on both sides. Place on wire rack on top of baking sheet.
  5. Repeat with remaining apple slices.
  6. Bake for 5-7 minutes then carefully flip each slice and bake for another 5-7 minutes.
  7. Turn oven to hi-broil and finish baking for an additional 3-5 minutes with the door slightly ajar.
  8. Stack on a plate and enjoy warm topped with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup if desired.


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  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Your apple Crisp Rings look delish! I love the fall for the same reasons you do. I too live in a bubble! I don’t care for politics because personally I don’t think it matters, it’s just a popularity contest, who can give the best speeches. Now I’d rather here speeches about fall leaves, comfort food and yes even a little bit of football. Have a great weekend!!

  2. Christine

    Gina – First and foremost…thank you everyday for the awesome sarcasm and honesty that you impart in your blog on a daily basis! I love it when people are real and upfront about what they believe in. AND, for the wonderful and most delicious recipes too! :)
    I’m going to make these apple rings today for a snack, although it is still summer in my mind.
    Btw, I loathe football and politics for all the same reason’s that you do, + a few more.

    Keep up the great work

  3. Krysten

    Holy crap, how are you in my head?! We literally have the EXACT same view on politics, down to the loathing of fashion commentary. Wow.
    But, um, I like football. Can we still be friends?

  4. Kim@hungryhealthygirl

    I like your bubble way better than any political “hoopla” out there. I am so with you on this issue. On another note, the apple rings look divine! Since I am starting the Paleo diet on Sunday, these will probably be my new favorite dessert!

  5. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    This recipe is absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait to go apple picking so I can make this. YUM!
    And I hear ya on all the political stuff. On one hand, I am happy to see people taking interest and wanting for a better tomorrow and keeping up with what is going on around them and the other hand, I am with you and I am just not sure how much of this stuff even matters. I, for one, would much rather spend my days working my a$$ off to ensure a better tomorrow for myself, no matter what goes on in the government. Because I know no matter who is elected, the only one that has my best interests at heart at all times, is ME!

  6. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    Gina, you always make me laugh! I used to get so annoyed with politics. I thought that it didn’t matter who was elected because they couldn’t actually make a difference. To some extent I do still believe that because it’s almost impossible to get anything done in Washington when people are trying to get their side to “win” rather than figuring out what will really work.

    However, now that I’ve seen certain policies effect my life and my friend’s lives and businesses, I have become quite passionate about it. I keep it to myself (as much as I can) because I agree, no one is having their opinion swayed by an angry political facebook status update.
    I’m hoping I kept this whole statement vague enough that no one can tell what side I’m arguing. Last thing I want is to get into a political scuffle on the internet. :)

    Apple crisps look amazing by the way!

  7. Candy @ Heathy In Candy Land

    I am ridiculously excited for apple season (I am a Washingtonian!), and I can’t wait to try these! Beautiful photography, as usual (you are my hero). And I am with you on football and politics. I am quite happy keeping my head in the sand as all the political mayhem takes place. I’ll pull it out just in time to vote.

  8. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    Haha – I hear ya on the politics. If I had been forced to watch much of the convention shenanigans, I’d scream too. All these slanted (okay okay… lying) advertisements with candidates slamming each other are driving me bonkers.

  9. Cassie

    I can totally relate to this – I would totally rather eat apple rings than talk politics. My parents are as “Fox News slanted” as they come as well (I love that terminology) and I am definitely not. ANd I also hate talking about it to anyone except myself. Let’s just power through election season with some apples. For sure.

  10. Katie

    I could care less about football. Politics gets me pretty riled up, but I live in Europe so I get to ignore it as much as possible (and football too!).

    These baked apple rings are a great idea! I love that you’ve used almond meal to make them crispy. I’ll definitely be trying this out.

  11. Kari@Loaves and Dishes

    Gina, I live in South FLA, and I hear people say (sometimes complain) about missing the seasons. I can definitly say I do not miss the seasons. I see movies set in cold, damp winter and I cringe. I do love the idea of seasons, and love to make seasonal foods, so I love your Baked Apple Crisp Rings to kick off the beginning of “Fall”.

  12. Jenna @ Spinach In My Teeth

    OH MY LORD, THANK YOU. That is LITERALLY how I feel about this entire effing election. I missed the chance to vote in the last election by a few a year, and I could not be less excited to be voting for the first time in November. I am actually outraged that what it comes down is either “wasting a vote” (as my father says) by voting for someone who actually sounds awesome (Jill Stein<3) who would never win the election or picking the lesser of two evils…Demobrats or Republicrazies. Everyone lies, everyone leaves out details, everyone avoids facts….It's a disaster. Both Conventions had me changing the channel within the first ten minutes. They're just rallying cries with absolutely no substance.

    You know what really matters though? Those delicious looking apple rings.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Amen. I’ve been eligible to vote for 4 national elections (including this upcoming one) and I’ve felt that it’s ALWAYS the lesser of two evils. There’s never a time I have felt good about a vote and that’s sad.

  13. Susan Sanders

    The apple rings look delicious to me, and just as you can choose to make them, or not, you have a decision by your vote in the upcoming election. National politics are not the only races that are being decided, and from my experience, significant change happens at the local level. The wrong thing to do would be to think that it all doesn’t matter because the results may not affect you. Think in broader terms, of what your country will do on the world stage. There’s time for apple rings, but now is the time to turn our attention to the quality of the next leader of our beloved country.

    1. barbara

      Well said Susan. Frustration that may lead to apathy or non participation in the upcoming vote is dangerous. Politics has always been a spectacle of half truths and exaggerations. Conventions are the pep rallys to excite and frenzy the hard core dems or republicans. Social media has justintensified and made this more available to all to witness/hear. I hope the youth vote isn’t turned off by all this to the point of not participation. This is an important election, that will determine the degree of influence of big government in our lives. Almost all news media is slanted one way or the other. Yes Gina I mostly listen to Fox because almost all other sources are liberally slanted (but I do also read and listen to other sources). Being conservative ( I wasn’t always) , I naturally agree more with conservative view points.
      As for the apple rings, need to make these before the Italy trip!. :)

    2. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Susan, I understand and agree with your point. I was not saying that I wouldn’t be voting, just that I cannot stand the spectacle that it’s become and refuse to acknowledge the mainstream media’s reporting of it all. I do believe change can be much more felt/seen at the local level. I wish I could say that I actually think my vote matters in the national races, but I don’t. Doesn’t mean I won’t be voting, just that I have no confidence in it mattering. Personally, my national vote will never matter as long as I live in the heavily democratic leaning state of NY but I’ll continue to throw it out there :). Thanks for your comment.

  14. Angie

    Ok. For the goofy question or two….which variety of apple seems to hold up well and are almond meal and almond flour the same thing? Guessing not, but I haven’t used meal our floor yet. Thanks! Looking forward to making these.

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  16. Angela

    Sadly, I completely agree with your comments about the broken system. Happily, I love this recipe–I just picked a bunch of apples at a local orchard, so this is officially on my “to do” list.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      are you allergic to all nuts or just almonds? You can always grind up another nut you’re not allergic to if that’s the case. Hazelnuts or pecans?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hi Karissa- the apple itself will be soft, the outside coating should be crispy though. Slicing the apples thinner will keep them crispier. You can broil at the end for a bit longer to try and crisp them up a bit more.

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