No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter is my favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30-compliant, paleo-friendly, made with no added sugar, and is so delicious! Filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices, you’re home will smell heavenly.

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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?

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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 slow cooker and go about your day (or sleep, I generally choose to cook it overnight)!

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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 slow cooker, and my trusty apple corer.

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Beautiful day …and so many apples!

Applepicking

Discovery of the day: climbing, throwing, and catching apples is not my forte.

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 12 hr

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put everything in slow cooker. The cider or juice should not overpower apples. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  2. At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch, place into a pot on the stove over medium-low heat and let simmer until thick.
  4. Let cool, store in jars in the fridge for up to 1 week unless canning.

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!
  • Make it last a year! How to can this apple butter using the Water Bath Canning Method:
    • Heat water in a large, deep saucepot equipped with a lid. If you have a canning rack or a cooling cake rack, place the rack at the bottom of your saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil) and carefully submerge your jars along with their lids for about 5 minutes or until warm. Make sure water is inside your jars to keep them submerged.
    • Carefully remove the jars and lids from the warm water with tongs and place on a cooling rack set over a kitchen towel. Pour the apple butter into each jar using a funnel, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the jam and that the rim of the jar is clean before securing the lid.
    • Cover your saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Submerge the tightly closed jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes.
    • Take your saucepan off the heat and allow your jars to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
    • Carefully take your jars out of the hot water and place on a paper towel. Check jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up and down when pressing the middle of the jar.
    • Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year! Once opened make sure to store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
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No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 12 hr

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put everything in slow cooker. The cider or juice should not overpower apples. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  2. At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch, place into a pot on the stove over medium-low heat and let simmer until thick.
  4. Let cool, store in jars in the fridge for up to 1 week unless canning.

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!
  • Make it last a year! How to can this apple butter using the Water Bath Canning Method:
    • Heat water in a large, deep saucepot equipped with a lid. If you have a canning rack or a cooling cake rack, place the rack at the bottom of your saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil) and carefully submerge your jars along with their lids for about 5 minutes or until warm. Make sure water is inside your jars to keep them submerged.
    • Carefully remove the jars and lids from the warm water with tongs and place on a cooling rack set over a kitchen towel. Pour the apple butter into each jar using a funnel, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the jam and that the rim of the jar is clean before securing the lid.
    • Cover your saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Submerge the tightly closed jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes.
    • Take your saucepan off the heat and allow your jars to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
    • Carefully take your jars out of the hot water and place on a paper towel. Check jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up and down when pressing the middle of the jar.
    • Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year! Once opened make sure to store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
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53 comments on “No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter

  • I usually don’t make jams because many, if not all of the recipes out there use way too much sugar. I love your easy version of sugar-less in the crockpot jam. Do you think this recipe is adaptable for other fruits (ex using fresh figs and sugar-less fig juice)?

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  • LOVE THIS POST!! I have looked at jars of apple butters on MULTIPLE instances this fall hoping that I would find on without added sugar and clean ingredients <3 All the recipes I found on google had so much sugar in them 🙂 So happy to have this!! I'm going to make it this weekend! What kind of apples did you use or will any work?

    xo!

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  • Cara C. Fisher says:

    I made this Apple Butter this week and it’s wonderful! I love it warm over my pancakes. It reminds me of Apple Pie!! Not only was it very easy to make, my kitchen smelled so good! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  • Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made a batch to try it out. Let it cook overnight and woke up to an amazing smell this morning! Just tried some on toast and my husband and I both love it! Will be making a larger batch tonight so i can can it and have it for the winter. I didn’t peel my apples and the blender smoothed it out nicely. Can’t tell I left the peels on at all. Thanks again! I look forward to trying other recipes of yours.

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  • I didn’t have the apple juice or apple cider so I saved 2apples and juiced them myself. Worked perfectly! Oh and I threw one pear in there as well since I ran short on apples.

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  • I also juiced apples instead of using cider. I put a crock in a pot of water on the wood stove. You have to keep an eye on the water level In the pot but it worked great. Thanks so much for the recipe. My granddaughter is diabetic and I’m always looking for healthy but yummy things to give her (she is 5 yrs old) and she loves this on pancakes.

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  • Hi lexi! I already made this and it is delicious!! I was wondering if you know how many calories does each tsp or tbsp have?

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  • Thank you for posting this recipe. I used to make a sugar free apple butter years ago, but couldn’t find my old recipe so was grateful to find yours. And to be clever enough to throw it in the crock pot… why didn’t I think of that?! Cheers!

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  • Hello Lexi,

    If I wanted to double the amount of apples, like have 20, or so, would I just double the spices and amount of liquid, or would I keep the liquid the same?

    Thank you,
    Randy

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  • Sue Dankbar says:

    Hi Lexi, When my mom and I cooked apple butter or apple pie, sometimes it seemed watery and we added uncooked tapioca. About a tablespoon to pie(9inches). I have a 2 qt. crock pot that I would add 1/4 cup to apples the last 2 hours. Thought you might like, enjoy.
    Susie Q P.S. I’m not young like you and cute. But have canned et cooked more than 60 years.

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  • So glad I found this recipe. I’ve been scouring the internet for fruit butter and fruit jam recipes that don’t have 4 cups of sugar per pound of fruit. I recently found a sale on some beautiful apples (jonathan, gala, macs, braeburns, etc). I couldn’t find a no sugar added cider, but my market had a no sugar added honeycrisp juice, so I’m using that instead, and just upping the spices a bit. We’ll see how it turns out. IT smells divine!

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  • I want to make this with my preschool class as part of our Thanksgiving feast with our families. We don’t have 10-12 hrs in class. Can this be cooked in a crock pot for 4-6 instead sucessfully?

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  • I think I added too much liquid and it’s not thickening up. I have it on the stove right now. I really want this to work because it tastes so good. Any tips to make it thicker?

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  • I have been doing this for years. Love your recipe

    Great recipe. I have been doing this for years only with a large batch and cook it overnight on low. Smells wonderful during the night
    .Best childhood memory is moms warm fresh homemade bread and apple butter when getting home from school.Beats the heck out of todays pop tarts

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  • Just a suggestion, but I don’t have a slow cooker and found that the lowest and highest temperatures for them are 200-300 degrees. You can use an oven safe vessel of any description and simply “bake” your selected meal.I personally use a setting between 170-190 degrees with excellent results. This does take a bit more time in some cases but the results are worth the wait…. Love to all…..

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  • Daniel Heasley says:

    Canning Apple Butter in Half-pints or Pints

    below 6,000 feet elevation process 10 minutes
    above 6,000 feet process 15 minutes

    Canning Apple Butter in Quarts

    below 6,000 feet elevation process 15 minutes
    above 6,000 feet process 20 minutes

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  • Karen Cousineau says:

    Hi Lexi!!

    I’m so glad that I found this recipe!! I’m excited to try it!
    I plan on making a large batch so I can make 14 tiny jars of it to give as gifts. How much did your original recipe make?

    Thank you!!!

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  • This recipe is delicious! My daughter is helping me and our second batch of apple butter is in the crockpot right now. I reused 1/2 c of liquid from the first batch and just added 1/4 c of organic apple juice. We used organic Golden Delicious apples (for their sweetness). This past weekend my husband and I planted 2 Cortland apple trees and 1 pollinator apple tree in our yard, so we will definitely be using this recipe again. Thank you for posting this recipe!

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  • What size apples? Small, medium, large. I do better with pounds…any guess how many? Thanks! I am SO excited to try this recipe!

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  • Love apple butter on a cornmeal mush porridge. I don’t let it set up in order to fry mush. My very fav apple butter was Dutch Girl by Smuckers. Smuckers didn’t own the recipe so their time ran out & won’t let them use that recipe anymore 🙁 I I am 68 y/o & grew up on Dutch Girl apple butter. We always put it on our fried mush & french toast. Surely do miss it.

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