You are not going to want to eat anything else this fall after you try this paleo apple butter! It’s so simple, is sweetened with just 2 dates and is ready in just about an hour! Perfect on toast, yogurt, oatmeal, or straight out of the jar! Paleo, gluten free, grain free and vegan!
Every fall I have a few must make recipes that I make 2-3 times before all the holiday baking starts. I can’t go without making apple butter, pumpkin sunflower seed butter and at least one version of pumpkin pancakes! But really can you blame me? I love the holiday baking, but there is something about these cozy fall flavors that just make the transition to colder weather more fun!
Dave and I moved to Austin, TX last year and I was SHOCKED to learn that it never really gets cold there. The trees don’t lose their leaves and it just transitions from hot to kind of hot. I have to be honest, it was really hard to get in the fall spirit last year! I do love that the ladies start wearing their boots as soon as September hits, no matter what the weather is there!
But we recently moved back to the East Coast (Wilmington, NC) and the glorious fall weather has me obsessed with all the fall flavors and baking! I was searching through our old blog content to get inspired and realized that the apple butter recipe we have on the blog isn’t really a recipe at all but just some random thoughts. So I decided to update that apple butter recipe (and the pics) with a paleo friendly version with only 4 ingredients that can be done in less time.
What makes apple butter so amazing is how thick and caramelized it gets! Most recipes call for ½ -1 cup of sugar though, and every brand I find at the store seems to have high fructose corn syrup. So I decided to use dates in this recipe to increase the caramelized flavor in less time (winning) and no added sugar. I also used a sweeter apple (Fuji), so that this would be as sweet as possible naturally!
I believe this apple butter could be made in the crockpot but it’s so simple to make on the stove, I decided it wasn’t worth dirtying up the crockpot with! Just put the apples, dates, cinnamon, cloves and water in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. After that, you will want to puree it and let it cook on “warm” setting with the lid off for 30 minutes.
If you make this recipe, please tag me on Instagram @bites_of_wellness with the hashtag #bitesofwellness so I can see your creations!
4 Ingredient Paleo Apple Butter
- 2 lb apples Organic Fuji
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 cup water
- Peel the apples and dice into small, cubes
- Add the apples, dates, cinnamon, cloves and water to a medium pot over medium heat. Cover
- Cook covered for 20 minutes.
- Stir and continue to cook covered for additional 20 minutes turning the heat to medium low
- Blend with immersion blender (off the heat) or in a high speed blender (carefully, remember this is hot).
- Return to the stove and allow to cook, uncovered over medium low heat, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Store covered in glass mason jar in fridge for up to 2 weeks.