No Sugar Added Crock Pot Apple Butter

I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and found a serious love for the heavenly apple butter (and popovers! Oh my friends, you have noooo idea) from Judie’s Restaurant. If you’ve ever been to Judie’s, I know you can relate. But, it’s been a while now since I’ve been there, and since leaving I have been wanting an apple butter recipe of my own that wasn’t loaded with refined sugar. You know, one that I could spread on the bread that I no longer eat, or to top the oatmeal that I no longer eat! Ahhh! Rest assure, I find my ways to eat this (by the spoonful). Topping on protein waffles/pancakes, anyone?

I have experimented making apple butter in multiple ways (like a recipe that doesn’t take 12 hours, type of way), and have never been satisfied. I mean, the longer the better when making apple butter, so a 2-hour version just has never cut it for me. It doesn’t have that traditional apple butter feel. So, trust me on this one- aside from the prep and the finishing touches, you just leave it in the crock pot and go about your day (or sleep, I generally choose to cook it overnight)!

So, Mike and I went apple picking this weekend, which is always such a fun Fall activity. What’s even more fun is the copious amounts of apple recipes that will surely follow. While there I picked up some fresh apple cider (nothing else added, just apples)! The second we arrived home from our outing you can bet the first thing that came out was my crock-pot, and my trusty apple corer

IMG_3838 Beautiful day …and so many apples!ApplepickingDiscovery of the day: climbing, throwing, and catching apples is not my forte.  

No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

Preparation 15 min 2017-06-27T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 12 hr 2017-06-27T00:00:00+00:00


  • 10-12 organic apples (cored, pealed, sliced)
  • 1 cups organic apple juice or cider (read labels- find one with no added sugar!)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Dash of salt


  • Put everything in slow cooker (juice should not overpower apples) and cook on low for 10-12 hours
  • At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender into slow cooker until smooth
  • Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours
  • Let cool, and store in jars in the fridge
  • Recipe Notes

  • -If not as thick as you'd like, transfer to pot and cook over medium heat until thickens (use a lid, it will splatter)
  • -Very thick and spreadable. Perfect top spread on toast, or to top your favorite oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles!
  • No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

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