Is there anything more comforting than the smell of apples and cinnamon on a crisp fall day? I don’t think so!
This thick healthy apple butter in a crockpot will have your house smelling AMAZING, not to mention this apple butter is incredibly delicious.
During the fall, apples are at their peak of flavor, so right now is the perfect time to create this super easy recipe. Apple butter is perfect on so many things. Waffles, pancakes, biscuits, cornbread, oatmeal, yogurt, pie, toast, and you can even make a savory dish with it!
My dad absolutely loves apple butter. When we go out to eat for breakfast, he will always get apple butter to go with his food. I decided to recreate his favorite thick apple butter at home in a Chemistry Cachet, healthy easy way 🙂
PIN THIS: Thick Healthy Apple Butter in Crockpot
- 14-15 apples, quartered, peeled and cored
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Add all the apples once they are peeled, cored, and quartered to a large crock pot. Mine is 5 quarts.
- Cook on high for about 3 hours or until apples look mostly like apple sauce and are very soft.
- Blend in a blender in small batches until the apples are smooth. You can also use an immersion blender.
- Add back into crock pot and cook on high another 1.5 hours or so WITHOUT lid on. This allows moisture to evaporate, making apple butter thick.
- You can do this part until desired texture is achieved.
- Allow to cool, then add to jars.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Always store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will last 2-3 weeks. Once the apple butter starts to separate, make sure to use it up soon. It’s not as good once this occurs.
You can eat this cold or warm it up in the microwave slightly before eating. If you choose to warm it up again, make sure to just scoop out a few tablespoons into a microwave safe bowl, not the entire jar.
It is also SUPER delicious straight out of the crockpot!
If you love how this makes your house smell, pop over to this post to make our homemade autumn room spray. HEAVEN!
Chemist Tips for Apple Butter in Crockpot
The KEY to making this thick is removing the lid from the crockpot. This allows the moisture to evaporate as much as possible. The end result is a thicker, tastier apple butter.
I like to use honey as a low glycemic index option for sugar. My family also really loves the honey flavor more than other sweeteners. Remember always use RAW honey for the healthy benefits. Read more about how to choose the right honey in this post.
You can easily swap out maple syrup for special diets that only allow that.
I really love to mix up different apples when making apple butter.
Using half sweet apples, and half tart apples will give this a great depth of flavor. You are free to use any apple you love though! It is good no matter what.
Although many of the apples nutrients are found in the peels, it is better to remove the peels for apple butter. It will make a smoother, more rich recipe.
I love to save the apple peels, bake in the oven on low for a few hours to create apple chips. All you need to do is sprinkle some cinnamon on them before baking, and they turn out perfect!
I hope you enjoy making this absolutely delicious healthy apple butter recipe this season!