This slow cooker apple butter not only tastes delish, it'll make your house instantly smell amazing!
Apple butter is delicious on a variety of foods. We love it on everything from toast and pancakes to spice cake, and even pork! Mix it with Greek yogurt for a sweet, creamy dip. Try it with our delicious Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits. We like to serve it for breakfast, in place of butter and other high-fat spreads.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- 12 apples medium, 4 each of Granny Smith, Gala, and Honeycrisp , peeled, cored, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- pinch kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 cup unrefined sweetener more or less to taste - recommended: sucanat or coconut palm sugar or honey
- Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add apples to the slow-cooker, pour dry ingredients over and toss to coat. If using, pour in honey and stir. Cover, cook on low 8-10 hours until tender and brown. If you prefer chunky apple butter, leave as is. For a creamier, less chunky butter, whisk until smooth.
- Allow to cool to room temperature, add to half-pint or pint jelly jars, leave about 1 inch headspace at the top to allow for expanding. Cover with lid and freeze or refrigerate. Will make 4 half-pint jars.
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Do you have to use different Apples or can it be all the Same Apple?
Jessica, 3 different apples…Granny Smith and 1-2 other sweet kind of apples.
How long would this last in the fridge? Also, how would you alter the recipe to make it "sugarless"?
Sandi, I've left it up to one month. However, I always freeze 3 jars and we usually eat one jar in about 1 week. To make it sugarless, simply leave out the sweetener. I always make mine without sugar…. it's a personal preference.
Made this last Fall after taking the kids apple picking & it was so easy, yummy & the house smelled so wonderful.
One of our fave breakfast recipes! Would love to win the cookbook to make even more!
I love apples but cinnamon makes me nauseous! Is there a something that can replace the cinnamon in this or could it just be left out?
G3, I would just leave it out.
How many 1/2 pint jars does this recipe make? How long can you freeze the Apple Butter for?
It makes 4 (1/2 pint) jars.
At the beginning of the recipe she has the yield listed. — Yields: 4 half pint jars
Lisa, You can, we just prefer not to use refined sweeteners.
Can you put it in plastic contrainers or do you have to can it ?
Cyndi, Plastic containers will work. Just be sure they are good quality.
Can't wait to try this recipe. Can you seal the pint jar to make the apple butter last longer and if so would I need to still refrigerate or freeze? I'm thinking of making this for Christmas gifts and want them to last longer. I don't can a lot..just wondering? Thank you
If you freeze, just be sure to leave about an 1″ at the top for expansion. They don’t have preservatives so you can refrigerate but it should be eaten within a few weeks.
so, how long will these last, as frozen?
Jennifer, I usually freeze several in the summer and we enjoy until the spring.
Apple butter can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Sounds Delicious! I'm Omitting the Sweetener…how does that alter the Nutritional Values? Thank You
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That will cut the calories per serving by about 1/4. So each serving would be approximately 20 calories.
I have made this many times and it is sooo good. I have used coconut sugar, honey, Splenda brown sugar and also used no sugar. All variations have been good.
Thank you residing in South Africa I am always on the hunt for healthy recipes for my family. Definitely going to give this a try.