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Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Apple Butter | Clean Eating, Healthy

Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Apple Butter

  • Author: purelyflourish
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Apple butter is very similar to apple sauce but even better. The apples are cooked longer, which brings out more sweetness. Then it’s spiced with warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla. It’s rich, sweet, silky smooth, and perfect for the fall season.


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Ingredients

  • 10 large apples, I used granny smith and honeycrisp, cored and diced (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup + more per taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

SLOW-COOKER:

  1. In the bowl of your slow cooker add in the diced apples, apple cider, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a pinch of sea salt. Cover with the lid and slow cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, stirring once halfway through.
  2. Let cool slightly, then transfer the apples and the liquids to a high-speed blender and puree on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Return to the slow cooker and cook uncovered on high for about an hour to thicken a bit. (It will thicken even more in the fridge.) Taste, then feel free to adjust the sweetness per your preference by adding more maple syrup. Cool completely and store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 1 month or in the freezer for months. Enjoy!

STOVE-TOP:

  1. In a large pot over high heat, add in all of the ingredients plus 1 cup of additional liquid such as water or apple cider. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes until the apples are completely soft and the liquid has reduced by half, adding more water if necessary.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly, then transfer the apples and the liquids to a high-speed blender and puree on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Return to the pot and cook uncovered on medium heat for 15-20 minutes to thicken. (It will thicken even more in the fridge.) Taste, then feel free to adjust the sweetness per your preference by adding more maple syrup. Cool completely and store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 1 month or in the freezer for months. Enjoy!


Notes

To peel or not to peel the apples: As long as you have a high-speed blender, there’s no need to spend the time peeling the apples. Plus, the peels add extra nutrients and fiber! It’s up to you though, it’ll be delicious either way.

Don’t have apple cider? Simply omit the liquid and it will reduce the thickening time in the end. You could use water, but the flavor won’t be as concentrated.

Want to leave out the maple? If you want to leave out the maple syrup it will still be delicious, just not as sweet. Choosing sweeter apples like honeycrisp and fuji will make up for it. Cooking the apples longer will help to bring out more of their natural sweetness.

Keywords: apple butter, apples, maple, cinnamon, slow cooker, condiments

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