I love apple butter, how about you? It is absolutely perfect for this time of year and it makes great use of all the apples available during the fall season.
What I don’t love is how much refined sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives that are in a jar of store bought apple butter. I decided that this fall, I had to try and make some apple butter of my own. This recipe is super simple, SO delicious and very flavorful without all the bad stuff. It’s as easy as throwing everything in a crockpot and letting it cook until perfection.
My recipe was inspired by one that I found on Pinterest by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen . Lexi has some fabulous clean recipes that are packed with nutrition. I changed Lexi’s recipe slightly and added a few different ingredients, as well as honey to give some sweetness to the apple butter.
I have made two batches of this apple butter. With the first batch, I used Gala apples and with the second batch, I used Honey Crisp. Use whichever apple you would like; however, try to use a firmer, more crisp apple. I did not use the canning process to preserve the apple butter simply because it doesn’t last that long in our house. It will store well in the refrigerator in a glass jar for several weeks.
This apple butter is perfectly spreadable and delicious on gluten free toast or Ezekiel bread and SO yummy on your favorite gluten free oatmeal. You won’t believe how easy it is to prepare.
|Crockpot Apple Butter.....No Refined Sugar|| |
- 10-12 organic apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
- 1 cup of organic apple cider or apple juice with no added sugar
- 1 tsp. of fresh lemon juice
- 3-4 Tbsp. of honey
- 1 tsp. of cinnamon
- ½- 1 tsp, of allspice
- ½ vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt or Real Salt brand salt
- Place all ingredients into the crockpot, stir well and place the lid on top.
- Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
- At 10 hours and once the apples have cooked down, remove the lid, stir well and use a hand held emersion blender to puree the mixture. (If you do not have an emersion blender you may allow mixture to cool a bit and then place into a upright blender, then return to the crockpot)
- Place the lid of the crockpot ajar and cook for an additional 4-6 hours on low. Stirring occasionally until the apple butter has thickened.