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Crock pot apple butter recipe

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Unbelievably easy homemade crock pot apple butter recipe, healthy and uses only few ingredients. Rich, decadent and with beautiful caramel color- you will love to spread this butter on bread for breakfast or eat it by spoon.

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Since we moved to the Central Valley, we can enjoy apple picking all august long and especially in September. We love to snack on raw apples as much as preserving them. This time i tried to make an apple butter and results were phenomenal! The butter was silky smooth and very sweet, even though i didn’t use any sugar.

How to make sugar free apple butter.

I love to cook healthy so sometimes i try a sugar free version of this delicious spread. Refined sugar free of course. Apples are so high in sugar anyways, when you slow cook them for over then 10 hours it feels like its getting sweeter and sweeter. Add vanilla extract for extra flavor and ground cinnamon. I like how pumpkin spice mix taste with the apple butter too. So, if you decided to make a sugar free butter, make sure you pick the right apples for it.

chopped apples
chopped apples in a slow cooker with sugar

Best apples for slow cooker apple butter.

The sweetest and the best apples in my opinion are Fuji and Pink lady. I have a pink lady tree in my backyard and can pick apples there. Mcintosh, Gala and Red Delicious are absolutely wonderful for this recipe too.If you decide to go with tart apples, make sure to adjust added sugar to make the butter sweet to taste.

How many apples in a pound

This recipe calls for 3 pounds of apples. Apples of course vary in sizes but typically its about 4 small apples per pound or 2 large.  Also one medium apple makes 1 1/3 a cup when sliced or cubed.

What is the difference between applesauce and apple butter?

Apple butter has a consistency of a spread when cooled, has a beautiful caramel color and cooks in slow cooker for about 10-12 hours. Apple sauce usually takes only 20 minutes to cook on stove top. Its much lighter in color and doesn’t have that heavy apple flavor. Its great for snaking.

Use apple butter on pancakes, waffles. Spread it on a piece of toast or add in to your yogurt. My kids like to eat it by spoon. Also try my homemade cinnamon refined sugar free apple sauce recipe. Just as good!

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4.91 from 11 votes

Crock pot apple butter

Unbelievably easy homemade crock pot apple butter recipe, healthy and uses only one ingredient. Delicious and with beautiful caramel color- you will love to spread this butter on bread for breakfast or eat it by spoon.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 hours
Course: Breakfast, Dip
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot apple butter, slow cooker apples, sugar free apple butter
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 3 lb apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Chop and core apples. You don't have to peel them.
  • Place in the slow cooker, add sugar and cinnamon. Cook for 12 hours. Uncover and cook for another hour.
  • Puree with the blender. If it still looks runny, Dont forget that it will thicken in the fridge.

Tools used in this recipe

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Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I just Jared my apple butter, it looks, smells and tastes amazing. The jars sealed themselves as the apple butter was hot going into them. (2 jars,that were ordinary jars with metal lids.) Thanks for posting this recipe!


Friday 8th of October 2021

What temp did you cook this on? High or Low??

Thank you

Tatiana Shifruk

Friday 15th of October 2021

on low


Thursday 19th of August 2021

Do we Can this recipe or just place in jars and refrigerator or freeze? Thank you

Tatiana Shifruk

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

you can totally use this recipe for canning but i just stored it in jars in the fridge


Sunday 30th of August 2020

Do you pack the brown sugar? How many pints jars does this make? This looks yummy, going to make is for Thanksgiving??


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

When you say sugar free apple butter and mentioned refined sugar what do you mean by that? The recipe calls for brown sugar so I'm confused. This looks delicious!

Tatiana Shifruk

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

Hi Pam, thank you for the question. Sugar free is only an option for this recipe, explained in the post. If you have very sweet apples you don't really need to add any kind of sugar.The butter will be very sweet on its own.