Slow Cooker Apple Butter

I wanted to share a simple yet super delicious recipe that I’ve recently started making since doing the 8 Week Challenge. One of the things I had to cut out was refined sugar as well as honey and maple syrup during the challenge. So how on earth does one go about sweetening things without refined or natural sugars?! I found out about apple butter and I was immediately intrigued. I’d never heard about such a thing and started researching various recipes online. I combined a few different recipes and what I ended up with was divine! It’s so simple as you just throw it all in the slow cooker and leave it either overnight or all day. Set it and forget it!

Before we get to the recipe, you might be asking yourself, “What on earth IS apple butter?” Well, simply put, it is a very concentrated form of apple sauce, that after simmering for a very long time, turns into a dark brown, “butter”-like, spread. The natural sugar in the apples caramelizes over the course of the cooking time and turns the spread into a very sweet and delicious treat! It’s guilt-free as it has no added sugar or preservatives. 

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

This is a great alternative to put on your toast instead of actual butter/peanut butter & jam. I use it mainly in my oatmeal. I’ve stopped adding brown sugar and/or maple syrup and now only use this and no one even noticed a difference! You can use it in your baking as well as your cooking, when you want an extra hint of tarty sweetness!

One tool I wanted to quickly talk about is the Starfrit Rotate Express! I posted this short video below of me peeling my apples to use for the apple butter on instagram and people thought it was so awesome…so I had to share it here! It’s one of those kitchen gadgets that doesn’t cost much and you might think is unnecessary, but seriously, it peels EVERYTHING! And when you are making something like apple butter and need half a bushel of apples or when making mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner, you will WANT THIS! Trust me! 

Rotate Express

You can purchase one from your local department store or I found them on Amazon.ca for $25 with free shipping! Click here to purchase yours! (Note, I’m not being sponsored to share this with you! I just really love this gadget!)   

Slow Cooker Apple Butter
A sugar-free, flavor-packed spread that goes well with a number of dishes! Also, your home will smell divine while this cooks!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 hr
Ingredients
  1. 12 Gala or Ambrosia apples, pealed/cored/sliced
  2. 1 cup apple juice or cider
  3. 1 tsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp allspice
  7. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours.
  2. Around the last hour of cooking, once the apples are dark, use a submersion blender to blend the apples until smooth.
  3. Continue cooking for another hour or so.
  4. When cooking is finished, let cool and place in mason jars for storage. Store in refrigerator and/or freezer.
Notes
  1. *Make sure to use a no sugar added juice/cider
  2. *You can adjust the spices as desired.
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I hope you enjoy this amazing spread! Bonus, your house smells AMAZING while this cooks away! Happy Monday, friends! 

 Love & Blessings,

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18 Comments on Slow Cooker Apple Butter

  1. April
    March 31, 2015 at 8:36 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have been looking for an apple butter recipe. Can you also can the recipe, like you can do with applesauce. If so does it need to be pressure canned or steamed canned. Last fall I bought a bunch of apples and canned sauce but couldn’t find a good recipe for apple butter that used the crockpot.

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    • Christine
      March 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi April! Yes, you can “can” it. I just used the pressure canned technique and stored them in the freezer. Quite honestly, it doesn’t seem to last that long around here! Hope you enjoy it! xox

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  2. Janella Panchamsingh
    March 31, 2015 at 9:18 am (3 years ago)

    This looks yummy… what can you pair this with? I was thinking of adding it as a sauce to Baked Chicken or on top of a cheese cake

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    • Christine
      March 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Those are GREAT ideas Janella! I typically put it in my oatmeal and baked goods, but even served with some aged cheese and a glass of wine would be divine! xox

      Reply
  3. Sarah Dodd
    March 31, 2015 at 9:52 am (3 years ago)

    I think I am in heaven!! This is incredible!! I am obsessed with apples, so this works perfectly for me!! Thanks for the post!

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    • Christine
      March 31, 2015 at 1:12 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome Sarah! Let me know how you like it! xox

      Reply
  4. Fiona Abbey
    March 31, 2015 at 9:58 am (3 years ago)

    I love the look of this. Not usually a fan of cooked apples but I’m thinking about giving it a go and maybe trying it on a toasted bagel. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Fiona xx

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    • Christine
      March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

      You know, I’m not either but this is really delicious! And if it’s not sweet enough, add some stevia to it! Would be great as a spread on a bagel or even paired with some aged cheddar! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  5. Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    March 31, 2015 at 10:32 am (3 years ago)

    Apple butter is my favorite, I would love to have one of these peelers!!

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    • Christine
      March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s a game changer for sure Sam! xox

      Reply
  6. Jessica
    March 31, 2015 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    YUM! This is one of our favorites! We also add some Bartlett pears into the mix for a little twist.

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    • Christine
      March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh, I like the sounds of that Jessica! Thanks for the idea! xox

      Reply
  7. ashley
    March 31, 2015 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I will have to make, this looks delish!

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    • Christine
      April 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Let me know how it turns out for you Ashley! xox

      Reply
  8. Pam
    April 3, 2015 at 2:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m thinking I need that apple peeler! Wow!!!:)

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    • Christine
      April 6, 2015 at 10:19 am (3 years ago)

      Definitely Pam! And it peels SO much more than just apples too!

      Reply
  9. Christina
    April 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm (2 years ago)

    So, I have never heard about apple butter until I moved to the south. Then, we went to this restaurant where they make breakfast biscuits with bacon, ham, cheese and egg topped with apple butter! My husband was like, “can you make something like this at home?” And I totally can now because of this recipe!! I made it for the family and it was a huge hit! I love that it is clean too! Thanks for the recipe!!

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    • Christine
      May 1, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

      So glad your family loved it Christina! Thanks for leaving us a review! Lots of love! xox

      Reply

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