Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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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

This sweet condiment can be used in so many ways, it is a must-have in your kitchen!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Slow Cooker
Servings: 32 people
Calories: 35kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 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.


We like to mix the apples with tart Granny Smith & sweet apples like Gala & Honeycrisp. Other sweet apples Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Fuji, Ambrosia, and Spartan.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2

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25 Comments on "Slow Cooker Apple Butter"

  1. Jessica  August 2, 2012

    Do you have to use different Apples or can it be all the Same Apple?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 3, 2012

      Jessica, 3 different apples…Granny Smith and 1-2 other sweet kind of apples.

  2. Sandi  August 3, 2012

    How long would this last in the fridge?  Also, how would you alter the recipe to make it "sugarless"?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 4, 2012

      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.

  3. Krissy  August 10, 2012

    Made this last Fall after taking the kids apple picking & it was so easy, yummy & the house smelled so wonderful.

  4. Felicia Mckibben  August 12, 2012

    One of our fave breakfast recipes! Would love to win the cookbook to make even more!

  5. G3  September 24, 2012

    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?

    • Skinny Ms.  September 25, 2012

      G3, I would just leave it out.

    • Its-a me  August 16, 2013

      Try cardamom

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  7. AQG  March 31, 2013

    How many 1/2 pint jars does this recipe make? How long can you freeze the Apple Butter for?

    • Skinny Ms.  April 1, 2013

      It makes 4 (1/2 pint) jars.

    • Aislinn  April 2, 2013

      At the beginning of the recipe she has the yield listed. — Yields: 4 half pint jars

  8. Skinny Ms.  April 23, 2013

    Lisa, You can, we just prefer not to use refined sweeteners.

  9. Cyndi  June 7, 2013

    Can you put it in plastic contrainers or do you have to can it ?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 8, 2013

      Cyndi, Plastic containers will work. Just be sure they are good quality.

  10. Connie  June 30, 2013

    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

    • Skinny Ms.  July 1, 2013

      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.

  11. Jennifer R Kellar  October 22, 2013

    so, how long will these last, as frozen?

    • Skinny Ms.  October 22, 2013

      Jennifer, I usually freeze several in the summer and we enjoy until the spring.

    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      Apple butter can be frozen for up to 6 months.

  12. Mandy  February 27, 2014

    Sounds Delicious! I'm Omitting the Sweetener…how does that alter the Nutritional Values? Thank You

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    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      That will cut the calories per serving by about 1/4. So each serving would be approximately 20 calories.

  13. Donna  November 14, 2014

    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.

  14. Tish  December 1, 2017

    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.


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