Apple butter is about the easiest thing ever to make, and that is why it’s now my new favorite fall recipe. (Sorry, pumpkin.) I mean, can we all just admit that we’re a little bit over pumpkin? Maybe?
JK, that will never happen. (I LOVE YOU, PUMPKIN SPICE. XOXO.)
Confession: I used a shirt for the tablecloth in this picture.
Any recipe that I can throw in a crockpot and simply walk away is good by me. (I went to an All Time Low concert while I was making this apple butter. How’s that for multitasking? #poppunkbettycrocker) Bonus: your house will smell like all the colors of fall.
Who is Mason anyway?
Most apple butters call for anywhere from 1 cup to 4 cups of sugar, but using sweeter apples like Braeburn or Cortland will keep this paleo apple butter on point without adding extra calories. (You can learn all about apple varieties and their flavor profiles here.) I also added 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar for a little sweetness and to help with the consistency, but you can add more or less to your taste. There’s really no right or wrong way to make apple butter — it’s a forgiving recipe, so adjust as you see fit.
This recipe calls for five pounds of apples and it fills about 2 and 1/2 pint mason jars. Plan accordingly (aka buy ALL the apples) if you’re making them for gifts. (Add a chalkboard/burlap label to that mason jar, and you are *officially* a Pinterest queen.)
- 5 pounds of apples
- 2 TBS coconut sugar
- 1 TBS pumpkin pie spice
- 1 TBS cinnamon
- ½ cup of water
- Slice and core the apples. You can leave the skin on — it all will blend in once it gets cooking.
- Spray crockpot with nonstick spray.
- Put all the ingredients in crockpot for 4 hours on high. Stir occasionally.
- Once it softens up, it's time to toss into a blender and blend until smooth! You can also use an immersion blender.
- Put blended mixture back in the crockpot and cook for another 6-8 hours. (I left the lid slightly ajar to help it thicken.)
- Put in mason jars and let it cool! Yum!
Next time, I’m experimenting with different combinations of apples, and I’m thinking about throwing some pears or our beloved pumpkin (!!!) in the mix.