I recently went apple picking for the first time! Even though I was raised on my grandfathers’ farm and had picked peaches, nectarines, every kind of citrus and grape, I had never been apple picking!
Needless to say, we had a great time and came back with many 10lb bags full apples! So of course, it was on like Donkey Kong and now I have apple butter, apple sauce, apple butter muffins…
Listen, if an apple a day keeps the Dr. away, I’m feeling really good about my health right now.
I admit, this apple butter is way better than any store bought jar. I just love knowing exactly what’s in my version. Also, I get to control the sugar content. Which, speaking of, I used coconut sugar here. Depending on how naturally sweet your apples are, you can add more or use less sugar to your batch. Also, don’t forget the lemon. It keeps the apple butter bright and balances out the sweet perfectly.
This apple butter is ideal to spread on your favorite (gluten free) bread/toast. It’s also great in oatmeal. I use it in place of butter in cake and muffin recipes. (see my coconut apple butter mini muffins on the blog.)
Apple butter screams FALL TIME and makes the house smell inviting. It’s a nice thing to jar and give to a friend, neighbor, or co-worker.
Southern California people have to get excited about the little things that scream fall… because you know, 85 degrees always.
*note: since I came home with so many apples, I used about 4lbs worth in this recipe. It made about 5 cups worth of apple butter.
4lbs apples, peeled, cored, cubed
¾ cup coconut sugar
1 hefty T cinnamon
2 pinches of salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Place apples into the slow cooker along with juice of ½ lemon coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook for 6 hours until apples fall apart to the touch. Stir occasionally.
Once cooked, transfer to blender and add remaining ½ juice of lemon. Blend to puree the apples into smooth caramel-like butter.
Remove from blender and store in an airtight jar like a mason jar. If you’re freezing the apple butter, remember to let cool completely and then store in appropriate freezer containers.