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What to do with all those apples you picked this Fall? Make Crockpot Apple Butter! Grab your Crockpot and throw in some local apples, cinnamon powder, and brown sugar for a delicious homemade comforting apple butter!
There have been so many changes in my life and I won’t lie, it’s been very stressful. So the other day I went apple picking barefoot and it was the most calming experience. With all the apples I picked, I ate some, chopped some up in my morning oatmeal, and made some delicious homemade comforting Crockpot Apple Butter.
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Apple butter vs applesauce?
Both applesauce and apple butter are made with the exact same spices and with slow cooking apples. The difference is apple butter is thicker than applesauce. It acts like a buttery spread hence the name apple butter. How to thicken Crockpot Apple Butter? Simple. You just slow cook it a little longer than applesauce and the longer it cooks the thicker it gets. Also using an Immersion Blender is key to getting the smooth buttery smooth texture. (I used it in my Lentil’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe for the mashed potatoes and the results was insane!) It’s has become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets next to my beloved Crockpot. You can scoop your apple butter out and add to a high-speed blender if you desire but using the Immersion Blender is so much easier.
Why this recipe works?
- You can freeze Crockpot apple butter. Crockpot Apple Butter lasts about two weeks in the refrigerator but it lasts about 2 to 3 months in the freezer! So you can have fresh homemade apple butter even when apples are out of season.
- You don’t have to peel the apples. Some peel their apples but that is just too much work. Don’t make it hard on yourself. The skin has the most nutrients in it and the way the apples are cooked you won’t even notice it.
- Use it as a natural sugar substitute!! Pancakes, toast, oatmeal, smoothies, etc you name it! It’s a natural sweetener so get creative!
How to make crockpot apple butter? (READ FULL RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS)
First, add your washed and chopped local apples and spices to your crockpot.
Allow apples to cook in a slow cooker on low for 10 hours. Once done take your Immersion Blender and blend apples til buttery and smooth.
Vegan With Curves Star Ingredient
Apples are the Vegan With Curves star of this dish! Apples are high in fiber and it is natural carbohydrate. Carbohydrates needed to help build healthy carbohydrates and also fiber helps you digest food. Digestion is very important for overall help and to help transport nutrients. One medium apple has 25 grams of carbohydrates.
What I love the most about this recipe is that it really connects you with the food. You can use whatever apples you desire but I highly recommend you go apple picking and bring those delicious local apples. From nature to the kitchen, you will love this Crockpot Apple Butter recipe!
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Crockpot Apple Butter
- Rinse all your local apples. Then slice apples with your apple slicer. Chop apples into small pieces. You do not have to peel the apples unless you desire to (I suggest keeping them all since that is where all the nutrients lie,)
- Place apples in a large crockpot.
- Next pour add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg over apple pieces and stir until well combined.
- Cook covered in a crockpot on low heat for 10 hours. (set your timer)
- Once 10 hours has elapsed, use your immersion blender to puree apples until buttery and smooth. I found my apple butter to be thick and smooth enough at this point but if it still needs to thicken, turn crockpot on low heat and cook for an additional 2 hours uncovered. Stir occasionally.
- Store apple butter refrigerated in a glass container for about 2 weeks. Keep in freezer for about 2 months.
- If you do not have an immersion blender, pour the apples into a blender and puree until smooth, then return to crockpot.
- You can try this recipe with pears as well.
- Add as little or much sugar as you like. Depending on the type of apples you use you may not have to add any sugar.
- Mix and match your spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla bean, orange zest, etc the possibilities are endless!
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