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.
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:
- 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!
How 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!
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