We love this slow cooker apple butter because it’s versatile and easy to make! You can spread it on toast, muffins, vanilla ice cream, pancakes, overnight oats, and more. You can even make mini apple pie tarts with it. The options are endless! This homemade apple butter is packed with so much flavor that you will want to eat it right off the spoon!
How To Make Homemade Apple Butter In A Slow Cooker
Apple butter is delicious and super easy to make in a slow cooker! To start, peel and dice the apples. Then, zest a lemon. After that, add the chopped apples, vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, water, and optional sweetener of choice to a slow cooker.
Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients, put the lid on the slow cooker, and cook the apples. Once the apples are cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the apples and enjoy!
Notes & Tips For Slow Cooker Apple Butter
What Is Apple Butter Made Of?
Apple butter is made of apples and spices. In this homemade apple butter recipe, we used apples, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, and water.
What Do You Use Apple Butter For?
Apple butter has many uses and adds flavor to so many dishes! It’s especially delicious on toast, muffins, overnight oats, and ice cream. It is a super yummy apple spread.
How To Thicken Apple Butter
If you want your apple butter thicker after it cooked for 5-10 hours, take the lid off of the slow cooker and continue to cook it for 1-2 more hours. It will thicken it up by absorbing the moisture. Stir and check until you get the desired thickness.
How To Make Mini Apple Pie Tarts
If you don’t want to puree the apples to turn them into apple butter, you can leave them chunky. We love leaving some of the apple butter chunky and pureeing the rest. You can use chunky apples to make mini apple pie tarts! They are super easy to make and a delicious treat. These apple pie tarts taste just like apple pie! Also, they are lightened up and healthier than apple pie. We love using Athen’s mini phyllo dough shells to make these mini apple pie tarts.
What Is The Difference Between Apple Butter and Applesauce?
Apple butter and applesauce are very similar, but they are not the same. Apple butter is much thicker and richer in flavor than applesauce. Also, applesauce is a lot thinner and has more water content.
Is Apple Butter Actually Butter?
No, apple butter is not actually butter. Apple butter has a similar texture to applesauce. It is called apple butter because of its smooth butter-like consistency.
Is Apple Butter Healthy?
Apple butter is a much healthier alternative to sugary jams. This homemade apple butter is healthy and can be made with no sugar! It’s seriously the best!
The Best Apples For Slow Cooker Apple Butter
The best apples for apple butter are honey crisp, pink lady, fuji, and gala. We used a combination of honey crisp and pink lady apples in our apple butter. We like using these apples because they are sweeter. This makes it so that no sugar needs to be added to the apple butter.
How Long Will Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter Last?
This homemade apple butter will last about a month in the refrigerator! It’s perfect to make ahead of time so that you have it on hand all season long.
Can Homemade Apple Butter Be Frozen?
Yes! Homemade apple butter can be frozen and will last up to 6 months in the freezer. To do this, store the apple butter in a sealed freezer-safe container and leave some room because it will expand.
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Helpful Tools & Ingredients For Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- Slow Cooker – We love this slow cooker because the coating is free of cadmium, lead, PFAS, and PFOA.
- Athen’s Mini Phyllo Dough Shells – These are the phyllo shells we used to make mini apple pie tarts with this recipe.
- Immersion Blender
- Budget-Friendly Immersion Blender
- Apple/Potato Peeler
- Apple Corer
- Lemon & Lime Juicer
- Mason Jars (8 oz)
- Weck Jars With Glass Lids
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4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories79
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0g 0%
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 3mg 1%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 3.8g 12%
- Sugars 14.7g
- Protein 0.5g 0%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.