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Sugar-Free Apple Butter

This Sugar-Free Apple Butter recipe is perfect for fall and only requires a handful of ingredients. This healthy spread has no-added sugar and can be made in your slow cooker or Crockpot.

sugar free apple butter in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon

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This recipe is so easy to whip you are going to love that you can replace your store-bought spread with one that has no added sugar. You control the sweetness. You can even make it unsweetened.

What is Apple Butter?

There’s no butter in apple butter. As a kid, I thought it was an apple and butter spread. Nope! Growing up, every fall we would head to the pumpkin patch. We would enjoy hayrides, apple picking, and a stop at the general store to load up on apple butter!

Apple butter is similar to jam or preserves. It’s spreadable and we typically pair it with rolls, toast, biscuits, or pancakes. It’s made using cooked apples that have been pureed. You cook the apples longer than you would applesauce because when cooked longer, a lot of the water is removed and the apple caramelize. You’re left with a spreadable sauce that is deep brown and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

brown monkfruit, monkfruit sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in separate bowls

What Type of Apples to Use

You can use any apples. If you have favorites, go for those. I use a combination of Fuji and Honeycrisp apples. I recommend using a couple of different varieties, that way you have notes of different flavors in the spread. Red Delicious and Gala are also really popular for apple butter.

fresh Honeycrisp and Fuji apples on a flat surface

Do You Have to Peel the Apples?

Nope! You can leave the skin on the apples if you wish. There are tons of nutrients in the skin so there is a benefit to keeping them on. I find it easier to get creamy butter by peeling. This is simply preference.

How to Sweeten the Apple Butter

Apples are naturally sweet so you may find you don’t want to sweeten this at all.

You can use whatever type of sweetener you wish in this recipe. I use the brown monkfruit sweetener from Lakanto along with their classic white monkfruit sweetener. It’s a 1:1 replacement for brown sugar and white sugar and contains zero net carbs and zero calories. You can always use the exact same amount that is called for in a recipe that uses sugar.

You can also use pure maple syrup. I have not tested that within the recipe. You can start with 1/4 cup and adjust to your taste.

In general, I recommend adding the sweetener to taste. The amount of sweetener used in the recipe results in apple butter that is not overly sweet. If you like really sweet spreads, you will likely need to add more sweetener. I recommend starting with 1/4 cup of sweetener after the apple butter has cooked. Taste repeatedly and continue to add additional sweetener to taste as necessary.

sliced apples on a bamboo cutting boad

How to Make Apple Butter

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add apples, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and sweeteners to slow cooker.
  2. Slow cook.
  3. Puree and blend the butter until smooth.
sliced apples in a slow cooker with spices and sweetener

How to Get it Thick and Creamy

I like to use an immersion blender. You can also use a regular blender. Be careful while working with hot apple butter.

How to Store it

When storing you should be sure the spread is tightly sealed. It must be stored in the fridge. I use these glass jars with lid from Amazon.

cooked apples in a slow cooker

How Long Will it Last

You can store it in the fridge tightly sealed for up to a month.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze it tightly sealed for 9 months to a year. Defrost it overnight in the fridge. I use these freezer molds to freeze.

cooked apples in a slow cooker

What to Pair With Apple Butter

sugar free apple butter in a slow cooker with an immersion blender
sugar free apple butter in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon

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Sugar-Free Apple Butter

This Sugar-Free Apple Butter recipe is perfect for fall and only requires a handful of ingredients. This healthy spread has no-added sugar and can be made in your slow cooker or Crockpot.
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Course Appetizer, Preserves, Spread
Cuisine American
Keyword Crockpot apple butter, slow cooker apple butter, sugar free apple butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 71kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on High for 4-5 hours or on Low for 9-10 hours.
  • Remove the lid and puree the mixture with an immersion blender or add the mixture to a blender to smooth. Be careful if blending while hot.
  • Taste repeatedly and adjust sweetener and spices to taste. The apple butter will thicken as it cools.

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Notes

  • You can use any apples. If you have favorites, go for those. Red Delicious and Gala are also really popular for apple butter.
  • You can leave the skin on the apples if you wish. There are tons of nutrients in the skin so there is a benefit to keeping them on. I find it easier to get creamy butter by peeling. This is simply preference.
  • In general, I recommend adding the sweetener to taste. The amount of sweetener used in the recipe results in apple butter that is not overly sweet. If you like really sweet spreads, you will likely need to add more sweetener. I recommend starting with 1/4 cup of sweetener after the apple butter has cooked. Taste repeatedly and continue to add additional sweetener to taste as necessary.
  • You can use all brown sweetener or all white sweetener if you wish. I love this combination of flavors.
  • If you want to use refined table sugar you can use the same amount noted in the recipe.
  • You can also use pure maple syrup. I have not tested that within the recipe. You can start with 1/4 cup and adjust to your taste.
  • This recipe has not been tested with an Instant Pot or pressure cooker because you need water or liquid for pressure cooking. You don’t want to introduce liquid to the mixture when making apple butter, you want it to be as thick as possible.
  • You can cut the ingredients in half to adjust the portion with little adjustment to cook time. Keep a close watch and check in frequently.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g
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Recipe Rating




Dorothy

Thursday 18th of November 2021

This turned out so amazing. The perfect addition to toast. Followed the directions and it came out great!

staysnatched

Saturday 20th of November 2021

I'm so glad to hear it!

Ashley F

Sunday 14th of November 2021

So easy and absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for yet another great recipe!

staysnatched

Saturday 20th of November 2021

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Kerry

Friday 12th of November 2021

I have never thought about making apple butter until this recipe come in my email. When I tell you this will now be a staple in my house, belive me it will. It was easy to make and it is delicious! I used my homemade vanilla for an extra touch of love. Thank you Brandi!

staysnatched

Saturday 13th of November 2021

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.