Although, as you probably know by now, we are babes of the summer and love everything about it, we can’t fight the fact that we are loving this sunny, still-fairly warm fall weather and can’t wait for all the fun festivities it has to offer! Hayrides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple picking, etc.! It’s so exciting!
Since yesterday was officially the first day of fall, we wanted to get the season started out right by sharing this delicious apple butter recipe you can make at home! So simple, so easy and so delish!
Lyssie likes to make this before she has clients come over as the whole place smells so yummy!
HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER
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Homemade Apple Butter
This is healthy and delish! Spread it on warm toast or pancakes, swirl it in vanilla yogurt or oatmeal– even use it as a condiment on a fresh cut turkey breast sandwich. We think it goes well with everything!
SERVING SIZE: 1 OZ (2 TBSP.)
- 10 medium sized apples, cored and sliced, not peeled (we like Fuji or Gala)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups of unsweetened apple juice (or about 5 apples juiced)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tbsp cinnamon (we often add 1-1/2 tbsp of cinnamon since we really love that cinnamon kick—plus cinnamon has blood sugar benefits!)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
1. Place apples into a large crock-pot / slow cooker.
2. Pour water, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice over apples. Add apple juice and spices. Using a large spoon, stir the ingredients together.
3. Cover pot and let it cook on low for 15 hours. You can set the slow-cooker on high, but you will need to stir several times so that the apples don’t stick to the bottom and it may only take about 4 hours. The apples should be soft enough to be mashed up with a spoon. .
4. Turn the crock pot off and let the apples cool for about 30 minutes.
5. Transfer the mixture into a blender and blend until completely smooth or until desired thickness.
6. Allow the apple butter to cool completely before transferring to storage containers. Can store up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Makes approximately 8 cups. We love to freeze some of it and give some of it away– it makes a great gift!
For an extra seasonal bonus: Try mixing 1-2 tablespoons apple butter with 1-2 tablespoons canned pumpkin and stir in oatmeal or yogurt. Depending on your sweet palate, you may want to swirl a teaspoon of brown sugar in the apple and pumpkin mixture before adding to oatmeal or yogurt.
Nutrition Facts per 2 tablespoon serving: 51 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 2 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 0 g protein
What are different types of butters you’ve tried during the Fall season? Pumpkin?
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