Apples in our area have been super expensive this year, so I was really excited to receive a bag full of apples from a friend. We haven’t been using jam lately because I haven’t learned to make it without sugar, so I wanted to try apple butter. I asked on Facebook if anyone had tips or recipes for apple butter, and was amazed at how easy it is to make! Since you leave the peels on and it’s done in the crockpot rather than the stove, it only takes a few minutes of hands on work. These apples were tart, so I used 1/2 a cup of honey per batch, but if you’re using sweeter apples or a combination of apples and pears, you could do without sweetener altogether.
Sugar Free Apple Butter
8-12 medium-sized apples or a combination of apples and ripe pears
1/2 cup honey (optional)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Rinse apples, core, and slice. Don’t peel. Put in crock pot along with honey, water, and cinnamon and turn on low 12 hours or over night. At this point you will have apple sauce. Puree in the crockpot with a stick blender, or transfer to a food processor or blender and puree. Return to the crock pot and cook on the lowest setting (I use ‘keep warm’) with the lid cracked to allow steam to escape for another 4-6 hours, stirring once every couple hours. This will darken and thicken the apple butter. Spoon into jars and keep in the refrigerator, freezer, or can using a water bath method to keep in the pantry. Enjoy on toast, muffins, or in sandwiches.
Coring the apples.
Ready to enjoy!