This easy apple butter is made completely in a slow cooker or crock pot with no refined sugar – just a splash of maple syrup! Vegan, Gluten-Free.
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Internet, meet our new favorite homemade apple butter recipe: made completely in a slow cooker or crockpot (with only five minutes of prep!)
Just like our fan-favorite stovetop apple butter, this crock pot recipe is made without processed or refined sugar – just a splash of maple syrup to complement the natural sweetness of fresh fall apples. Add a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon, and ground cloves and you have everything you need.
Also? No peeling necessary! A good immersion blender (we love this one!) will make quick work of those apple peels after a few hours in a slow cooker.
Use any apples you like here! This is a very forgiving recipe, so don’t be afraid to make swaps and substitutions to make it your own. Replace the maple syrup here with honey, brown sugar, or even molasses.
Also recommended: adding a few tablespoons of bourbon to the apples while they cook!
Apple butter will thicken as it cools, so don’t worry if it still looks a little runny in the slow cooker! If you still need to thicken your apple butter, you can continue to cook it uncovered in your crock pot or simmer it on the stove.
Can this apple butter be frozen?
YES! Freeze this apple butter in an airtight container for several months and defrost as needed. I’ve kept it in the freezer for up to a year with no problems as long as the container has a good seal!
We recommend using small mason jars with tight lids to freeze this apple butter so you can grab just what you need throughout the year.
Let apple butter defrost overnight in the fridge or remove any metal lid pieces and microwave in 30-second intervals when you’re ready to use it!
VIDEO: HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER