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Naturally Sweetened Apple Butter

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Preserved Foods
Keyword: apple butter


  • 3-4 pounds apples
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or a few nice slices of lemon peel (optional)
  • ¼ cup rapadura or honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean


  • Wash, core, and slice the apples into large chunks. No need to peel. Throw them in your food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth. You may need to scrap down the sides a few times to ensure you get it evenly blended into a nice puree.
  • Transfer the apple puree into a 9×13 pan. Add in the vanilla, rapadura, lemon juice (I used peel), and spices.
  • Bake the puree in a 300 degree oven for 2-3 hours. Stir every once in awhile. The apple butter will begin to thicken. Simply cook it until it's done to your desired consistency. Remove from the oven.
  • Once the apple butter has cooled, remove the cinnamon stick. Transfer it to a few pint sized mason jars, cover with lids and bands, and stick 'em in the freezer for safe keeping. Alternatively, you could also process the warm apple butter in a water-canner for ten minutes.