Stovetop Apple Butter

Stovetop apple butter is thick and creamy, flavorful and sweet.  It is made with only a couple of ingredients, no added sugar, and is a healthy spread for muffins, bread, or straight from the spoon!

stovetop apple butter

Fall time means APPLE TIME.  I love everything and anything apple related.  I literally bring an apple to work with me every single day.  Apple pie is the bomb dot com (try my cleaner version here) and there is just nothing better than a warm cup of apple cider on a cold day- got that recipe for ya too 😉 (even try it in sangria form!).  This year, I decided to try something completely new!

Apple Butter

No, apple butter is not a substitute for regular butter – as I once upon a time thought it was.  Rather it is more like a highly concentrated and thicker form of apple sauce.  You can use it like a jam in a sandwich, a dip for fruits or pretzels, or my favorite, smeared all over the top of a nice, warm piece of homemade banana bread.  It really makes for the perfect sweet treat in the morning with your breakfast, or after dinner for a little dessert.  And you want to know the best part about my recipe?

No Added Sugar.

Apples are so sweet by themselves!  Mix in some cinnamon with them and they make for the most perfect flavor.  No need to add in extra sugar!  That makes this a treat that is actually good for you.  We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  And apples truly are really good for you.  And cinnamon also has a lot of health benefits.  So what’s better than a snack that feels like an indulgence but is actually nutritious?? Not many things if I do say so myself.

stovetop apple butter

Let’s Make Stovetop Apple Butter!

This recipe is so easy and is ready in about an hour.  If you have more time but maybe don’t want to be as hands on, go check out my crockpot apple butter for another great option!

For this one though, the only work that goes into it is staying close by to make sure you don’t burn down your house, and then mashing the apple as well as occasional stirring.

I do not peel my apples when I make apple butter.  I don’t think it is necessary.  The immersion blender does such a great job of blending it up, you will barely be able to tell it is there once you are done.  And it retains all of the great fiber of the apples.  But if you are really picky, feel free to peel beforehand!

What I also don’t think is necessary in apple butters – sugar. I mention this above but I wanted to reiterate it again in case you just skipped down here 🙂  apples are so sweet on their own and the spices add so much flavor, I don’t think you need any refined sugar to make this great.  If you want it as sweet as possible just use a sweet apple like Red Delicious.

Speaking of apples though, you can use any.  I love honeycrisp and have also used red delicious.  I also like sometimes buying a bunch of different kinds to add a whole bunch of flavors and various sweetness.  It is up to you! If you have leftover apples, try these air fried apples!

In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:

I hope this makes you want to go apple picking, enjoy!

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stovetop apple butter

Stovetop Apple Butter

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4+ servings 1x


Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

Stovetop apple butter is thick and creamy, flavorful and sweet.  It is made with only a couple of ingredients, no added sugar, and is a healthy spread for muffins, bread, or straight from the spoon!


  • 4 pounds sliced apples*
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water


  1. Combine sliced apples, all spices, and 1/2 cup water in a large pot on the stove.  Mix to evenly disburse spices.  Turn heat to medium.
  2. Cook covered for 30 minutes.
  3. Mash apples (as much as you can – won’t be completely) with a potato masher.  Leave pot uncovered, and cook for 30 more minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so that apples don’t burn.
  4. After first ten minute increment (40 minutes total) add 2 tbsp water, mix.
  5. After one hour of total cooking, remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender.
  6. If it is not thick enough, put back over heat in 5 minute increments until it reaches desired consistency.


*I have made this recipe with multiple kinda of apples and think you can pick any that you prefer.  Also I do not peel my apples.  After the immersion blending you can barely tell it’s there and I like the added fiber.  You can peel if desired though.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dips
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

If you try this stovetop apple butter recipe please leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts!  If you remake on Instagram don’t forget to tag me at @donutworry_behealthy so I can see your creation and share in my stories!


stovetop apple butter


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