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!
(IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! This apple butter recipe was developed on an older 6qt Instant Pot that did not need added liquid. Newer and/or 8qt models need water added to come to pressure without burning. Try 1-2 cups of water, and then simmer longer to thicken once pureed.)
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.
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.)
PIN TO SAVE:
- 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.)
- Add your spices, then close the lid, making sure the vent is set to sealing.
- Cook on the manual setting, for 20 minutes, on high pressure.
- Quick release the pressure, and remove the lid.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the apples, which will also mix in your spices.
- 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.
- 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.
*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.
Serving Size:96 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 11Carbohydrates: 3gSugar: 2g
*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.
Process Time at Altitudes of
0 – 1,000 ft
1,001 – 6,000 ft
Above 6,000 ft
Half-pints or Pints
source of time chart: pickyourown.org
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