Every fall, I absolutely have to make at least one batch of apple butter. I love to spread this on top of fresh waffles, pancakes, and toast, dollop on top of ice cream, and sometimes even eat it out of the jar! If you’re unsure what apple butter is, it is like a thicker version of apple sauce and has a sweeter taste, and this recipe doesn’t have any butter in it. If you’re looking for an apple butter recipe that has a lot of flavor, this is it. Not to mention, it also fills your home with it’s wonderful smell while cooking in your crockpot or slow cooker.
The best apples to use for apple butter are sweeter varieties like honey crisp, Fuji, gala, or pink lady. For my recipe, I use honey crisp and they smell delicious. I also use apple pie spice but if you don’t have that available, you can use 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp ground allspice. For sweetening the apples, I use maple syrup instead of refined sugar. If you prefer no sugar added, just omit the maple syrup from the recipe. Make sure to let me know if you make this! Enjoy!