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Reduced Sugar Spiced Apple Butter


"I was tired of finding apple butter recipes with more sugar than apples, so I adapted a few and perfected it. This recipe makes the house smell fantastic and tastes like fall. Enjoy! If you do not have an immersion blender: allow cooked apples to cool, transfer to a regular blender, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavor. If the texture is too liquidy still, return to slow cooker and allow it to reduce for about another hour more. This recipe is really about adjusting to your taste. If you like a lighter color, cook it less. If you want it highly spiced, throw on the cloves, etc. This recipe freezes well."
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9 h 10 m servings 19 cals
Original recipe yields 75 servings

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  1. Stir chopped apples, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on Low until the apples are soft enough to mash easily with a fork, 8 to 10 hours.
  3. Puree apple mixture with an immersion blender until smooth.
  4. Cook uncovered until some of the liquid reduces and the color is dark brown, about 1 hour.


  • Partner tip: Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 19 calories; 0 g fat; 4.9 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 16 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I added another 1/4 cup of brown sugar, another teaspoon of cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons of allspice. These additions really rounded out and deepened the flavor. Splendid!

I was very happy to find a recipe with little sugar. I omitted the cloves just because i personally don't care for cloves I also only put in 3 tsp cinnamon because I didn't want it to be over po...

I made a double in two separate crock pots. Interestingly, the first came out much thicker than the other (I think I left it too long, so there was less liquid at the end to reduce... it produce...

This recipe is wonderful . I have dietetic friends so for them they really enjoyed it. Not to hot on cloves so cut that in half, it turned out perfect.

The cloves threw us off, but we were happy without the ton of sugar normally put into apple butter. Thanks!