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Apple Butter – A Tasty Trick to Cut Sugar

My journey to become more frugal and healthier simultaneously has been challenging, considering most foods that are even slightly good for you cost an arm and a leg. It gets a bit overwhelming at times.

How to Make Homemade Apple Butter

 

Most people are really discouraging when it comes to eating clean and they all say it just isn’t worth the cost difference. After doing some research and having some life experience, I’ve discovered that the gap in price is not always that huge.

Sometimes, it even pays to eat healthy.

The past month, I’ve been cutting out refined sugars but I find it’s really “challenging” to find foods without some type of sugar replacement or refined sugar. I’ve had to improvise a lot and I often have to pay the price for not eating the processed sugar-filled items.

My main concern is the little food additives. I never realized how much sugar I eat in substances like jelly, sweet tea, coffee, etc. I’ve ended up using a lot of honey in a short amount of time, and as most know, that’s not exactly the most frugal route.

So I’ve been trying to find something I can make or buy that I can include in snacks and my morning oatmeal. Then it hit me.

Apple butter. It’s perfect! I’ve always wanted to try it.

Then I saw prices. No thank you. I will not pay the same amount for an 8 ounce jar of apple butter as I would a pair of shoes.

Obviously, I decided to make some.

Without further ado, here is a very simple how-to.

What you will need:

  • Crockpot
  • BlenderIngredients needed to make homemade apple butter
  • One 12 ounce jar
  • 3 pounds of apples, peeled  (Whatever kind. I used red delicious. I wish I would have used Gala simply
  • because I like the taste better.)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • Tablespoon of Honey
  • A pinch of salt.

What to do:

1. Cut up the apples into small cubes. I gave up on the small cubes and just cut the apples into small pieces that would cook well.

2. Put the apples into the crockpot.

3. Combine all dry ingredients and stir evenly.

4. Pour dry ingredients over apples and stir together.

5. Let apples cook for 4-6 hours, occasionally stirring. They should turn a nice brown color.

6. Take the top of the crockpot off and cook for a remaining 15-30 minutes to allow water to evaporate.

7. Add the honey

8. Pour the apples into the blender and blend until smooth.

9. Pour mixture into jar.

10. YOU ARE FINISHED!

 

Homemade Apple ButterHow easy, right? I was shocked. The apple butter tastes fantastic and I use it each morning in my oatmeal. Seriously. You should try it. Less than a teaspoon in a half a cup of oatmeal.  (Yum!) I’ve even used it in my coffee…Scrumptious!

Try this recipe once or twice and you’ll be hooked! You could also use pears in place of the apples for a tasty twist! Easy to make and just plain DEElish!

Enjoy!

Shared with: The Art of Homemaking, Mom’s the Word, Cornerstone Confessions, 3 GLOL, Ms. Moozy’s Open House, Darling Downs Diaries, So Much at Home, A Little R & R, Hope in Every Season, Saving 4 Six, I Choose Joy, Create with Joy, A Dish of Daily Life, Carole’s Chatter, Happy & Blessed Home, Hip Homeschool Moms, Creative K Kids, Faith Along the Way, Oh My Heartsie Girl, A Life in Balance, and The Modest Mom Blog

 

 

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Trista Porter

Trista Porter

Trista is currently attending a local university. She is majoring in business administration and English. Not one to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass her by, she has recently started her own business featuring health-friendly and earth-friendly products. She also co-owns a photography business with her boyfriend fiancée. Her dreams are to be a successful writer, businesswoman, wife, and to spread the love of God. Learn more about Trista by visiting her at The Earthly Ones or ReiDesigns.
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17 Responses to Apple Butter – A Tasty Trick to Cut Sugar

  1. Karren Haller February 21, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    I have not had apple butter in years, I used to make it when I was canning when the kids were little. Now there’s only two of us and live a long ways from my grown children to share.

    I’d like a taste of yours, please.

    Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girl.
    Have a great day! Karren

  2. Simple Hacks Living February 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Yummy! I am always looking to cut sugar. Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays.

    • Pat February 21, 2015 at 8:13 am #

      You’re welcome! You will love, love, LOVE this!

  3. Alexa mcallis February 18, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    What an awesomely easy recipe and so versatile. Thanks for sharing.

    Alexa-asimplelife visiting from Sydney, Australia

  4. Terri Presser February 13, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    This sounds great, I have heard of it before but never made it. It is almost apple picking time here in Australia so I’m going to book mark this page and hopefully give it a go. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    • Candy February 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Let us know how it turns out, Terri! I’m looking forward to fall when I can harvest the fruit from our pear trees…I’ll be using this recipe to make pear butter. 🙂

  5. Joy @ Joy Love Food February 12, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    Sounds wonderful! I’ve been wanting to make my own apple butter, pinning to give it a try. Visiting from Friendship Friday 🙂

  6. Carole from Carole's Chatter February 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Hi Trista, lovely use of apples! How about adding it to the Food on Friday: Apple collection over at Carole’s Chatter? Cheers

    • Candy February 12, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

      Thanks for the invite, Carole! Just added Trista’s link. 🙂

  7. Candace February 11, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    I’ll have to try this! It looks so easy even for non-cooks like me. I’m really trying to get away from all of those unnecessary preservatives too. Pinning!
    A couple of quick questions: Do you have to peel the apples? How long will it stay good for?

    • Candy February 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      Candy, here! Trista’s out of town so I’ll answer in her place. 🙂 Yes, you do need to peel the apples (I edited the recipe to show that :)). So far, we know that it lasts at least a week, but it’s usually gone shortly thereafter so I can’t really vouch for any longer. Hope this helps!

  8. JES February 10, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    This looks delicious Trista! Especially on oatmeal! Thanks for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! 🙂

    • Trista February 10, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      I hope you get to try making some of your own! I actually put a tiny bit in my coffee a few days ago and oh my goodness it was yummy!

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