October 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
After my coworker Heather made some delicious unsweetened apple sauce in her slow cooker, I wanted to do something similarly delicious. I had heard of apple butter before and decided that I wanted to try making it, since it’s such a classic dish.
After picking a bunch of wine sap apples at Demarest Farms on a fall weekend trip with friends, I knew it was time to try making it. The only problem? I didn’t want to have to sweeten it with any sugars. Luckily enough, I found a healthy recipe that I then adapted by adding some pumpkin spice.
The apple butter came out so well, I immediately had to put it on a bagel as a snack. This is how it all went:
After washing them, the apples looked good enough to bite into. But I had better plans…
Cutting them up and putting them in my slow cooker!
Then topping them with my not-so-secret ingredients, like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
I set the slow cooker for 16 hours and headed to bed.
In the morning, about halfway through, I could tell the apples were getting cooked.
After coming home from a day of work, I opened my slow cooker and was struck by the delicious aroma of the baked apples. They’ve been slow cooking for 16 hours and were now ready to cool.
After cooling, I divided them into two portions for my not-quite-that-big blender. Then I combined them in my trusty tupperware, but not before taking a nibble first. Okay, I admit it: I also licked the spoon.
Spiced Slow Cooker Healthy Apple Butter (adapted from Eating Bird Food’s Healthy Homemade Apple Butter)
Yield: 6 cups
Prep: 20 minutes
Slow Cook: 16 hours on LOW
8 medium apples (I used wine sap)
2 cups of water
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sea salt
1. Cut your apples into 1-inch pieces and throw them into the slow cooker.
2. Add water and then all of the spices and seasonings on top.
3. Set the slow cooker for 16 hours on LOW.
4. Once done, let the mixture cool for about 30 minutes.
5. Pour into blender and blend until well done. Then serve and/or store!
Do you like apple butter too, readers? What would you have done differently? Do you use any sugar in your version? Share int he comments below.