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Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter (no sugar added!)

Slow cooker apple butter with no added sugar -- just sweet juicy apples and spices! Great for using extra apples up and amazing when used in baked goods or just spread on toast.
Course Breakfast, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Slow Cooker, Snack, Spread, Vegan
Keyword slow cooker apple butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 10 SweeTango apples
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Slice and core apples (no need to peel). Place all apple slices into crockpot.
  2. Add water, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and vanilla extract. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours, stirring every few hours if possible.

  3. Once done, use an immersion blender or a regular blender to blend. This is your applesauce if you want to leave it at that. If not, you can continue to make apple butter: Keep in slow cooker for another hour or two with the lid slightly off to release steam. 
  4. Continue to cook on low to reduce the apple butter by about half, or until darker in color. You can also transfer to a large pot and reduce apple butter on the stovetop instead. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

If you want the apple butter sweeter, try adding 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, coconut sugar or pure maple syrup to the apples while cooking.