Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 8 hours on low
This easy recipe for homemade apple butter uses simple ingredients
with the best fall flavors. Aim to use sweeter apples so you can
keep the amount of added sugars in check, but feel free to adjust to
your liking. You can leave it slightly chunky or use an immersion
blender to purée it. Use as a spread or syrup in your favorite
Makes about 2½ cups
3 pounds crisp, sweet apples, such as Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady
(about 7 medium apples), peeled, cored, and sliced
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1. Place the apples in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, then
top them with the maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg,
allspice, and cloves. Mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
The finished apple butter should be thick and dark brown.
2. If desired, use an immersion blender or transfer to a stand
blender to purée until smooth.
3. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze in small
Per Serving (2 tablespoons): Calories: 53; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g;
Trans Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g;
Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Carbohydrates: 14g; Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 11g;
NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHT: Apples are heart-healthy! They lower
cholesterol thanks to their high amounts of pectin, a soluble fiber that
lowers cholesterol levels naturally.