Sugar-Free Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Butter Recipe (Vegan)
Apple butter offers a lot of the comforts of real butter but without all the fat and calories.
With apples in season, it’s the perfect time to take advantage with the abundance in this no-sugar-added apple butter recipe, made in the slow cooker. Ensuring a deep, sensual taste and consistency that can only be achieved when cooked long and on a low heat setting, slow cooking is the way to go with this recipe.
This homemade apple butter recipe requires about 12 hours of forethought, but couldn’t be any easier to put together. Once you toss all the ingredients into the slow cooker, you can forget about the apple butter concoction until it’s ready. I like to make this a few hours before going to bed at night – around 8 pm – or in the morning before work – so that it is ready either in the morning when I wake up or in the evening, after I get home. However you time it, delight yourself in the most deliciously comforting autumn aromas reaching every morsel of your home.
There is no added sugar in this apple butter recipe, which makes it healthier than many store-bought and homemade versions. The key to standing in for the added sweetness offered by refined sugar is to choose apples are naturally on the sweeter side. I opt for a combination of Gala and Red Delicious apples, but any sweet apple will do.
Apple Butter Recipe
Makes 3-4 cups
- 5 pounds of sweet apples
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ cup water
Core and chop the apples. Transfer them to the slow cooked. Add the spices and water. Stir.
Cover the slow cooker and cook the apples and spices on low for ten hours. After its cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the apples. You could also transfer the mixture to a blender or food processer to puree them and then pour the blended apple butter back into the slow cooker.
Set the slow cooker to high and cook for another one to two hours. Stir the mixture every half hour to make sure that it does not stick to the bottom of the slow cooker.
Once finished, transfer the apple butter to a bowl to cool. Store the apple butter in glass jars and keep them in the refrigerator.
Enjoy the apple butter spread on your toast or dolloped on your morning oats. I personally like to eat it by the spoonful for a quick sweet snack.
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