Sugar Free Apple Butter Recipe

sugar free apple butter recipe

While you can’t truly make sugar free apple butter, since apples contain natural sugars, this apple butter recipe has no sugar added. We’ve also updated the recipe to be ready in just an hour using the Instant Pot!

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Sugar Free Apple Butter in the Instant Pot
This sugar free apple butter contains only the natural sugars of the apples, and is made in the Instant Pot in just one hour!

SUGAR FREE APPLE BUTTER SUPPLIES

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TURNING GRANDMA’S APPLE BUTTER INTO SUGAR FREE APPLE BUTTER

One of my most popular recipes on the website is my homemade apple butter.  It’s apple butter like grandma used to make and everyone who makes it or tries it sings its praises.  But I have a confession to make.  I’ve changed the recipe slightly!

I came up with that recipe TEN years ago when I was still using white sugar, which I’ve now pretty much eliminated from our diets.  Now, if I add any sugar at all to apple butter, it’s a natural sweetener like honey.  But if my apples are sweet enough, I skip it all together!

I decided to leave the original apple butter recipe alone (except for replacing the horrible picture with one of these prettier ones, wow has my photography improved!) for people who want to make it the traditional way.  For those of you looking for a healthy apple butter recipe, this is the one!

Plus I had to share my helper for this photo shoot.  I shot these within a few weeks of getting our kitten Haldir, and he was INCREDIBLY curious about what I was doing.

haldir-climbing

 WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR SUGAR FREE APPLE BUTTER

This recipe makes about 3 pints of apple butter. Each pint is around 30 servings (1 TBS a serving).  I love to make a couple extra batches to have on hand throughout the year to give away as birthday or hostess gifts whenever the occasion arises.

In addition to spreading on bread, it’s wonderful stirred into oatmeal and Greek yogurt.

It’s also a great healthy snack option for kids.  I’ve literally served it to thousands of kids at various festivals, and every single one who’s tried it has loved it.  Unfortunately there are also the kids whose parents tell them, “Don’t try it, you won’t like it.”  Kills me every time!

I plan to let my kids try all sorts of foods from star fruit to sushi. (UPDATE: I’ve lived up to this plan! They don’t always like what they try, but they’ve also surprised me by liking things I wouldn’t expect them to.)

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This apple butter has no added sugar, and is made in the Instant Pot!

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Sugar Free Apple Butter Recipe for the Instant Pot
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

This sugar free apple butter contains only the natural sugars of the apples, and is made in the Instant Pot in just one hour! The prep time includes the time for the Instant Pot to get up to pressure, and the quick release of pressure. Recipe makes about 3 pints

Course: Condiment
Servings: 96 tablespoons
Calories: 11 kcal
Author: Diana Johnson
Ingredients
  • 12-15 apples fuji or honeycrisp are our favorites
  • 1/2 cup water or apple cider/juice (optional)*
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
Instructions
  1. Start coring and slicing apples, dumping the slices into the Instant Pot as you go. Stop prepping apples when the crockpot is full. (If your pot is not completely filled with apples, you should add the water/cider to make sure you can get it up to pressure for the short cook time.)

  2. Add your spices, then close the lid, making sure the vent is set to sealing.

  3. Cook on the manual setting, for 20 minutes, on high pressure.

  4. Quick release the pressure, and remove the lid.

  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the apples, which will also mix in your spices.

  6. Turn on the saute setting and stir regularly as the apple butter boils. Be careful of splashes! I boiled mine about 15 minutes to reduce it down.

  7. When you're happy with the thickness, you can pour the apple butter into jars and refrigerate, or can your apple butter using a *waterbath method.

Recipe Notes

*The optional water/cider is for making sure your pot gets up to pressure. When I make this with lots of juicy apples, and fill the Instant Pot completely, I haven't needed extra liquid. But when I've filled it only halfway, or used smaller apples, I've needed to run it twice to get the pressure to build. Adding liquid should make it work on the first try.

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Free Apple Butter Recipe for the Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Potassium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

*You can do a google search for waterbath canning to get lots of tips. I don’t have any special tools for canning. I use a big pot of water, rubber coated tongs to lift the jars (you can also just wrap some rubber bands around regular tongs), and a ladle to fill the jars. Basically, fill your biggest, tallest pot with water and bring to a boil. Place your empty jars and new lids (always use new, but can recycle rings) in the water for 5 minutes. Take them out, fill with apple butter to 1/4 inch from the top. Wipe the rims and place the lids on the jars. Screw on the rings and place in the boiling water. Boil them (this is processing) for 5-20 minutes using the chart below, making sure the water level covers the jars completely. Remove and set on a counter, don’t move them for 24 hours! Then press the center of the lid. If it doesn’t pop in (meaning it already has), it’s sealed and good to store for up to two years. If it does pop in, refrigerate it and use in a week.

Recommended process time for Apple Butter in a boiling-water canner.

Jar Size

Process Time at Altitudes of

0 – 1,000 ft

1,001 – 6,000 ft

Above 6,000 ft

Half-pints or Pints

5 min

10

15

Quarts

10

15

20

source of time chart: pickyourown.org


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18 thoughts on “Sugar Free Apple Butter Recipe”

    • Hi Colleena, I think it’s definitely possible. I haven’t made peach butter before but I have heard that you need to peel the peaches, which is easiest if you put them in boiling water for 1 minute, then ice water for 2 minutes. I’ve done this for canning and the skins slide right off! It’s also easier w/cling free peaches. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  • I’m going to try this with my pears. They aren’t very sweet and seem to be better for baking than outright eating. I’m also hoping that if I need sweet I can add a bit of honey from my bees. Thanks for a recipe that doesn’t need mass quantities of sugar, which is all I find out there.

    And I adored your including photos of helpful kitty. Its always fun, but rarely much real help.

  • Do you peel the apples, or just core & slice? This sounds like a great recipe & I was gifted a bushel of apples that I need to process!

    • Good point Ryan, it is no sugar added. At the time of this posting we were going through a sugar free fast of no added sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, sugar, etc, but allowing sugars in fruit. So this recipe was a part of our sugar fast but is not free of the natural fruit sugars. Thanks for your comment!

  • Delicious and easy to make. I added a little cardamom with the spice mix and a little vanilla powder at the very end of cooking. I love the way they go with apples and fall. My kids are eating it so fast I may have to buy another box of apples!

  • Diana, I’m new to canning and couldn’t find anywhere if it is safe to can NSA Apple Butter until I found your site. I didn’t add any sweetener whatsoever to my apple butter and processed it for 10 minutes. Do you think it is safe to eat??

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