crock pot apple butter

Crock Pot Apple Butter…sweet, tart and seasonally spiced!

Crockpot Apple Butter ~ Sweetened with a little maple syrup and dates!

Most apple butter recipes call for cups and cups of white processed sugar.  Not this one!  Instead, a little maple syrup and a few dates are used to naturally sweeten tart apples.  I also left the peels on the apples for added fiber!

Don’t be confused, apple butter does not have the same consistency as other “butters” such as peanut butter, almond butter or even pumpkin butter.  It’s more like a spreadable applesauce.  This recipe is not recipe that should be used for canning.  This apple butter should be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.  You can even freeze it for use in baked goods later on in the season!

Crockpot Apple Butter ~ Sweetened with a little maple syrup and dates!

The recipe calls for 5 pounds of apples.  You may be asking yourself “how many apples is that?”  I did!  After a little researching here’s what I found:  As a general rule, 1 pound of apples is equal to 4 small apples, 3 medium apples or 2 large apples.

My apple butter cooked for 12 hours.  Yes, 12 hours!  That seems like a lengthy amount of time, but you don’t have to sit around waiting for it to cook!  An occasional stir here and there is all the effort required!  Depending on your crock pot and the water content of apples used, your apple butter may take more or less time.  I’ll let you be the judge of that!

Recipe inspired by Betty Crocker

crock pot apple butter
Crock Pot Apple Butter, sweetened with maple syrup and dates. No white sugar added!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
  • 5 pounds of apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Macintosh (cored and chopped, peeling is optional)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 5-6 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • hearty pinch of sea salt
  1. Place chopped apples in a blender and puree. (do this step in batches) On the last batch, add maple syrup, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and sea salt. (puree to desired consistency, either chunky or smooth)
  2. Pour pureed apples into slow cooker and stir.
  3. Cover and set on low. Let cook overnight or for 8 hours. Stir and cook for an additional 4-6 hours. (you may want to crack the lid a little to let out moisture)
  4. Once thickened, let cool and scoop into air-tight containers. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Ways to use apple butter:

~Add a scoop to warm oatmeal or overnight oats (This has been my favorite breakfast lately!)

~Spread on whole wheat toast along with almond butter

~Blend into smoothies

~Eat out of the jar!

~Use as a topping for pancakes or waffles

~Serve warm on coconut milk ice cream

~Make baked goods healthier by replacing oil and/or butter with apple butter

~Make Cinnamon Apple Fudge (I can’t wait to try this recipe from The Organic Dietitian!!!)

Crockpot Apple Butter ~ Sweetened with a little maple syrup and dates!

Did I mention it also makes your house smell fantastic?!?! 

salted caramel and almond butter dip ~vegan~

What can I say, i’m into dips lately…

salted caramel almond butter dip ~vegan, no sugar added~

We planted an apple tree last year and despite being completely ignored, it produced beautiful apples this year!  Two to be exact, but they tasted like heaven!  I’m sure there were more, however this poor tree was so neglected that we forgot to pick them.  Sorry little apple tree, we will show you more love from now on!

Apple slices pair very nicely with this no sugar added, vegan, caramel almond butter dip.  Perfect for an after-school snack for the little ones :)

salted caramel almond butter dip ~vegan, no sugar added~

Salted Caramel and Almond Butter Dip

10 dates, pitted

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

almond milk

-In a food processor, blend all ingredients together adding almond milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.  (I added about 5 tablespoons of almond milk)

-Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

-Serve with almond slices or celery sticks and enjoy!

salted caramel almond butter dip ~vegan, no sugar added~

orange mango creamsicles

Ponds, pools and popsicles is how we’ve been spending our days!


I made mini-popsicles for my mini-me!  My only regret, I should have used sturdier popsicle sticks!  The popsicles kept falling off of the flimsy sticks I bought, which turned into a melt down (no pun intended!) for Noah…not fun!

Orange Mango Creamsicles

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup plain greek yogurt

1 cup frozen or fresh mango

-Blend all ingredients together, pour into mini paper cups and place in the freezer.

-When half-way frozen, place popsicle stick in the middle of each cup, return to freezer and freeze until solid.

orange mango creamsicles

~A vegan and dairy-free alternative would be to use a can of coconut milk in place of the greek yogurt~

Since these were made for Noah I left added sugar out.  They were mildly sweet and he loved them!  However, you could use vanilla greek yogurt if you wanted them to be more on the sweet side!

orange mango creamsicles

Stay cool and enjoy the weekend!