Healthy Homemade Apple Butter

When it comes to nutrition, butter sounds bad, right? Well, not as bad as those much-discussed trans fats, but you get the idea.
THIS butter is made with just four ingredients—and none of them are packed with saturated fat. Just the fruits of my apple-picking labor, a couple spices and some lemon juice!
Not only is this a surprisingly light condiment, but it’s also super-versatile. As you can see below, I’ve tried it solo on a slice of my DIY whole-wheat bread.
Future plans (since this batch makes about 2 1/2 cups, or 40 tablespoon-sized servings):
  • Stir in to jazz—and sweeten—up oatmeal or Greek yogurt
  • Swirl a on top of a pancake on the griddle for a fancy brunch
  • Use as a substitute for applesauce or butter in baked goods
  • Slather on a banana or graham crackers for a snack
  • Stuff between a couple oatmeal cookies for dessert (some frozen yogurt might be involved, too)
  • Gift a jar to friends—seriously, shout if you’d like some!
Apple Butter

Healthy Homemade Apple Butter
  • 8 cups peeled and sliced apples
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Top apples with lemon juice and stir to coat. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and stir again so spices are evenly distributed.
  2. Pour spiced apples into a slow-cooker set to high. Heat for four hours or until apples are fork-tender.
  3. Use an immersion blender to remove as many lumps as you like (I made mine an even, spreadable consistency), then return to slow-cooker.
  4. Warm for another three to four hours on low.

Nutrition information per tablespoon: 15 calories, 0 g fat,1 g fiber

What is your favorite condiment? How would you use apple butter?


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