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    Slow Cooker Apple Butter

    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
    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
    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.
    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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  • Reply April March 31, 2015 at 8:36 am

    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.

    • Reply Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      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

  • Reply Janella Panchamsingh March 31, 2015 at 9:18 am

    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

    • Reply Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      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 Sarah Dodd March 31, 2015 at 9:52 am

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

    • Reply Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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

  • Reply Fiona Abbey March 31, 2015 at 9:58 am

    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

    • Reply Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      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 Sam @ PancakeWarriors March 31, 2015 at 10:32 am

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

    • Reply Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      It’s a game changer for sure Sam! xox

  • Reply Jessica March 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

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

    • Reply Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm

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

  • Reply ashley March 31, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I will have to make, this looks delish!

    • Reply Christine April 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

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

  • Reply Pam April 3, 2015 at 2:13 pm

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

    • Reply Christine April 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

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

  • Reply Christina April 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    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!!

    • Reply Christine May 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

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

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