Homemade crockpot apple butter is a sweet treat. Perfect served on crackers, toast and pita chips. A great item to make and put in jars to give as gifts!
Raise your hand if you know what this is:
To me it looks like it could be some sort of antique torture device. The first time I saw it, I was definitely afraid of it. But it is really great and has saved me hours of work over the many years I have owned it.
This year, when apple season rolled around, I pulled out this crazy looking device and decided it must be time for an upgrade. I was actually wondering if I could sell this thing at a flea market. Clearly, it must be an antique, right?
I started looking around on-line and was shocked to find that it is still the peeler/corer being sold everywhere from Amazon to the big box stores to the high end kitchen equipment stores. Proof that looks aren’t everything. This peeler/corer is the main reason that this is the easiest way to make slow cooker apple butter.
Lazy Slow Cooker Apple Butter Hacks:
- There is always lot of debate of over the best type of apples to cook with. For this recipe, I have used a bunch of different kinds and they all work well. It cooks for so long and is complemented by so many add ins that I don’t think it matters all that much.
- Finishing the apple butter requires some blending at the end of the cooking time to smooth things out. I prefer an immersion blender because it is easier and involves less clean up. However, any type of blender or food processor will get the job done.
- As always, I recommend using a slow cooker liner for easier clean up. However, if you use a liner and an immersion blender, be very careful while blending. It it easy to snag the liner in the blade of the blender and chop it right into your recipe. Nothing sadder than having to throw out great food that was ruined by slow cooker liner shreds.
- This recipe is sugar free, although it does include sweeteners. I am a big fan of pure maple syrup. Additionally, I love the flavor that a brown sugar type sweetener adds. For this recipe I used Swerve Brown Sugar Replacement.
- For this recipe, I use 3lbs of apples. After many hours of cooking, it only yields slightly more than 1 cup of apple butter. If you would like more you can certainly double or triple it. I don’t have the cooking times for larger quantities however, as I have not actually made them.
Lazy Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- 6 qt slow cooker
- immersion blender
- measuring cups and spoons
- slow cooker liner or parchment paper (optional)
- 3 lbs apples. Peeled, chopped and cored
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- ½ tsp whole cloves
- pinch salt
- 1½ tsp pure vanilla
- ¼ cup Swerve brown sugar replacement Alternatives: ¼ cup regular granulated erythritol or monkfruit plus 1 tsp molasses. Or, ¼ cup brown sugar
- Peel, core, chop apples and place in slow cooker liner in pot of slow cooker
- Add maple syrup, salt, vanilla and sweetener and stir to coat apples
- Add cinnamon sticks and cloves
- Cover and cook 8-10 hours on low. If possible, give the mixture a stir every couple of hours to ensure the flavor of the cinnamon and clove are well distributed.
- After the mixture is well cooked down, remove cinnamon sticks and cloves and use immersion blender to blend to desired texture.