THE PERFECT JAR OF APPLE BUTTER
We used to buy pre made apple butter at road side stands or fairs, but when I discovered how much processed sugar went in to each of those delicious bites, I had to create a healthier version. This recipe allows us to still enjoy that goodness but without the toxic effects of processed sugar. My daughter loves to have a little bit of apple butter every morning on her gluten free waffle. White sugar in our home makes for an extra crazy day in our special needs household, not to mention its just not good for you body! After months of tracking, Raising a kid is hard enough, why make it harder.
After much tweaking, this Apple Butter recipe was developed. Not only is. It healthier, but it contains no processed sugar, and its easy peasy thanks to my crock pot). Bonus is waking up to a. home that smells amazing! Recently we were at a farmers market that was doing samples and my daughter told it didn't taste very good, that mine was way better! A total mommy win in my books.
The Perfect Jar of Apple Butter
Crock Pot ((I love old school, here is what I use.)
Immersion Blender (I use and love this one)
Mason jars (8 oz is a great size but 4 oz workS well too!)
- 10 Medium-Large Apples (approx 6.5 lbs)
- 1/3 cup Organic coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup or 3 trickles of Date Syrup, Local Honey, Maple Syrup
- 2 tsp - 1 Tablespoon organic ground cinnamon
- 2 drops Young Living Nutmeg Vitality Essential Oil
- 1 drop Young Living Clove Vitality Essential Oil
- 1/4 tsp Salt (I like Pink Himalayan salt)
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (choose organic when possible)
1. Peel, Core, and slice apples. I tend to use a variety of sweet and tart apples. Pick from many of the varieties out there, choosing the ones you and your family enjoy the most.
2. Add apples to Crock pot plus all the other ingredients listed accept the Vanilla Extract.
3. Cinnamon is to taste, we love cinnamon and use about 3/4 tablespoon of ground cinnamon. If I'm low I will use Young Living Cinnamon bark essential oil (1-2 drops) with 2 tsp ground cinnamon. I prefer to use all ground cinnamon in this recipe as it helps add your classic apple butter color.
4. I find adding the honey or agave nectar tricky. If you are like me and hate to put sticky stuff in a measuring cup and then have to clean it out later, use the trickle method. Either a spoon or with a squirt top, trickle in a zig zag pattern back in forth across your apples approximately 3-4 times.
5. Once all your ingredients have been added, stir using a metal or wooden spoon. No plastic spoons when using essential oils.
6. Set Crock pot on low and place lid.
7. 10 hours later, stir your apples, breaking them down slightly so your mixture is a combo of smooth and chunky, add your Vanilla Extract, stir again, and replace lid.
8. Cook on low for 2 more hours.
9. Using your immersion blender, blend your mixture until well blended (careful not to splatter, its hot!) At this step, if your apple butter is a little watery, continue to cook on low in the crock pot with the lid off until desired consistency is met. I find this varies on the kinds of apples I'm using, some are more juicy then others. Some days its perfect, other days I have to cook for 1-2 more hours.
10. Be sure to stir every 30 minutes while the lid is off. As it thickens you may see bubbling or even worse it could burn.
11. Add mixture to mason jars, leave a little gap at the top, let cool slightly before adding lid. The heat from the apple butter will aid in sealing your jar. I like to use a small or medium size. Ideal for storage and/or perfect for gift giving. Little 4 oz jars of this would make great teacher, co-worker, and family gifts.
12. Keep a jar or 2 for you and then serve on your choice of bread, crackers, fruit, or just eat if off a spoon. We love it on top of waffles, dairy free cream cheese, or just off a spoon! Freeze extra jars for eating or gifting later.