This slow cooker apple butter recipe is not only delicious but healthy. With NO ADDED SUGAR it is whole 30 approved, paleo, and kid-friendly.
Apples and cinnamon or the smell of autumn as I like to call it. That’s what your house will smell like when you make this recipe. I mean this as a good thing of course. This took me a few tries to perfect. Two things happened for me to finally post it here. First off I removed all the added sugar. That’s right no sugar, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup. Nothing, nada. Think about it, why add sugar to an apple butter recipe?? Apples are sweet enough. Second, I added ghee. This is actually the key ingredient here. It adds a certain creaminess that most apple butters lack. Don’t worry if you’re lactose-intolerant I am too. Ghee is safe for folks like us. Do not add butter as a substitute. It’s not the same as ghee and your apple butter will no longer be healthy. Stick with ghee, trust me. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of ghee click HERE for more information.
You leave the skin on the apples. Could this recipe any simpler? The skin has tons of nutrients why peel it off? Who cares is your apples start to brown they’re going to brown anyway. Since there is no added sugar in the recipe, I recommend using a sweet apple. Gala apples are my preferred choice. My apples were so tender I smashed them up with a potato masher. I like mine chunky so that did the trick. An immersion blender or a food processor can also be used. IF you really want to make this sweeter than do not add sugar!! Add a few dates instead. Dates not only work well as a natural sweetener but they will blend and process down with the consistency of the apples.
- 3 lbs apples
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp ghee
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Stir to mix well
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6 or until apples are soft.
- Use an immersion blender or food processor blend until you achieve desired consistency.
Use this as a spread or eat it with a spoon as a snack! Store in your frig for up to 3 weeks or in your freezer for approximately up to a year. To thaw frozen apple butter, placing the frozen container in the refrigerator overnight.