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Apple butter in a jar with a twine bow tied around the jar.
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Healthy Apple Butter

This healthy homemade apple butter is made in the slow cooker without any added sugar. Enjoy as a spread on toast or stir into a warm bowl of oatmeal.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time7 hours
Course: Sauces/Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple butter
Servings: 1 1/2 cups


  • 6 medium apples choose a sweet variety like Gala or Honeycrisp
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt


  • Place cored and sliced apples (not peeled) into a large slow cooker or crock-pot.
  • Add apple cider vinegar (or water) and spices. Stir all ingredients together, cover and let it cook for 5-6 hours on low.
  • The liquid will reduce and the apples will be very soft, dark in color and smell heavenly. Turn the slow cooker off and then use an immersion blender to puree the apples until smooth. Another option is to carefully transfer the apples to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Once the apples are pureed, turn the slow cooker on high and heat the apple butter for 1-2 hours, uncovered. This will help it thicken and caramelize.
  • Once the apple butter is the consistency you like, turn off the slow cooker and let the apple butter cool for 30 minutes before transferring into airtight containers for storage. Let the apple butter cool completely in the containers or jars before placing in the fridge.
  • For storage: apple butter will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or up to a year the freezer.



Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Sodium: 13mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g