Best Slow Cooker Apple Butter (Paleo) – the easiest and BEST apple butter recipe you will ever try. Amazing flavor with no added refined sugar and no peeling of apples required!
With apple season at its peak, there is no better time to make a batch of this Slow Cooker Apple Butter! It tastes like Autumn and the holidays all rolled into one and makes your house smell amazing as it cooks! If you’ve been apple picking this season and are wondering what to do with your haul, this is the recipe for you.
The Slow Cooker is the perfect vessel for cooking apple butter. Low and slow is best! The apples slowly break down, blending with the sugar and spices, and thicken over time with almost zero prep or work.
How to Sweeten Paleo Apple Butter
So many apple butter recipes contain loads of added sugar. I’ve found that if you pick the right variety of apples, very little sugar is needed (if at all) to sweeten the apple butter. In this recipe, I used Gala apples and just a bit of coconut sugar in place of refined sugar. Since we’re using the slow cooker, it’s not as important to choose softer apples which break down quicker. Honeycrisp apples are excellent, as are Fuji, Braeburn, and Golden Delicious varieties.
Coconut sugar is a wonderful natural sweetener, is Paleo approved, and in case you’re wondering, doesn’t taste a bit like coconut! It has a deeper caramel-y flavor, much like brown sugar. It’s makes for a perfect combo with the apples and warm, cozy spices in this apple butter. My preferred brand is Madhava Organic Unrefined Coconut Sugar – I use it all the time as a substitute for refined white sugar in baked goods.
How to Make Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker
The best part about this recipe? No peeling of apples required! Throw chunks of apples with skins on, coconut sugar, and some spices in your slow cooker and let it do the work. A few hours later it will be ready to be blended and then cooked some more to thicken. That’s it! So simple and easy. 🙂
This recipe makes about 3-4 cups, which is perfect for spooning into small (4 ounce) mason jars and giving as gifts. There is nothing better, in my opinion, than homemade gifts this time of year. Add a little label and cute ribbon for a sweet hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Check out these Homemade Seasoning Blends for more gift giving ideas.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- Place apples in a slow cooker. Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl, then pour over apples. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on High for 2-3 hours, until apples are golden brown and soft.
- Using an immersion blender, blend apples until smooth. Cover and cook on High for an additional 2 hours until apple butter has thickened.
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