An easy slow cooker apple butter no sugar added recipe that doesn’t require any peeling and doesn’t use any added sweeteners or juice!
I’m actually pretty OK that it’s Monday this week.
The weekend felt gloriously long. We had a fall festival at M’s school on Friday night and it was fun to see her run around with her new kindergarten friends. We had lots of rain from the hurricane on Saturday but ran some errands, made some crafts, played some music and ended with a movie night for the kids (a rare treat). Yesterday we soaked in the glorious sunshine and got lots of fresh, fall air playing outside.
Plus, tonight I get to go to the Panthers football game with my Dad! So Monday is looking OK to me — also a rare treat 😉
And on to today’s recipe… a slow cooker apple butter with no sugar added. It’s so easy, so perfectly sweet and so appropriate for slathering on everything this fall.
I actually didn’t know until I made apple butter for the first time years ago that there’s not any butter in it. It’s just a very concentrated apple spread that’s smooth and rich and spreadable, like butter.
My first batch was using some apples my parents brought back for me from the North Carolina mountains one weekend. There were all different kinds, mostly varieties I hadn’t heard of because you can’t buy them in a regular store.
So, if you can get your hands on some local apples, go to town. If not, just buy any mix of good baking apples you like (I usually use Gala but Red Delicious, Braeburn, Jonagolds, Melrose, Rome and even Honey Crisp will work.)
Some important notes on this slow cooker apple butter no sugar added recipe:
- You want sweet apples for this since we’re not using any sugar. If your apples aren’t very sweet, I would consider adding 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sugar (brown or white, or a mix) to your slow cooker to sweeten these up.
- I’ve used Gala apples and a combination of Gala apple and Red Delicious before. Any sweet, cooking apple will work.
- You can cook this overnight in the slow cooker, blend it in the morning and finish cooking it the last couple of hours.
- Be sure to check and stir the apple butter while it’s on high at the end of the cooking time so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of your slow cooker. Mine never has, but it’s a possibility.
- You can omit the cloves and allspice if you want a plain, un-spiced version of slow cooker apple butter no sugar added. (You’ll still have the cinnamon for plenty of flavor.)
- As this is cooking away for you, your house will start to waft apple flavors and cinnamon flavors and deep, warm, comforting spices to you. It’s divine. Enjoy that part, too. 😉
Ways to use this homemade apple butter:
- Slather it on some toast or an English muffin in the morning. It also goes great with bagels, muffins, waffles, pancakes… you get the idea.
- Try it on sweet potato toast for a fun fall treat.
- Pack some up in small glass jars and freeze for later.
- Or, give them away to friends, neighbors, teachers or as a hostess gift during the holidays.
My Dad is particularly fond of apple butter and likes to bring me back the empty glass jars so I’ll refill them for him again. And again. And again. 😉
Cheers to fall and continuing our trend of ALL things apple, with some pumpkin thrown in for good measure 😉
And stay tuned because I’ve got a great dinner recipe using this apple butter coming up for you on Wednesday.
Have a great week and enjoy!