Crockpot Apple Butter

Crockpot apple butter takes your favorite spread and makes it easier than ever.  Made with only apples and spices, no added sugars, dump it all into your crockpot, let it do all the work, and then enjoy a delicious spread you can feel good about!

I LOVE apple butter.  Apples are probably my favorite fall flavor and yes I still enjoy some pumpkin spice but apple is just hard to beat for me.  If you agree at all you are going to love this recipe.  It is basically the same thing as my stovetop apple butter, which is a great option for when you don’t want to wait hours for it to be ready, but this one is great because it lets the crockpot do all of the work for you!  And it will make your house smell ahhhhhhmazing.

I’ve been enjoying this stuff on just about everything.  I spread it over english muffins, breads, dip pretzels or crackers into it, and even once dipped apples in it without realizing how funny (or weird) that was 😛  I promise you will find so many great uses for this – and it makes the cutest unique gift for the holidays if you put it in a fun jar!

If you love apple too be sure to check out my apple cinnamon overnight oats for a great breakfast, and my single serve apple crisp to finish off your day for dessert! I also have some apple cinnamon hand pies and a spiced apple upside down cake that are both gluten free and look really impressive but are super easy to make 😉

Ingredients You’ll Need for Crockpot Apple Butter:

This really is too easy, literally all you need is apple and spices!

  • Apples – I like to use honeycrisp because they are my all time fave.  But you can also go with a sweeter option like Red Delicious to take advantage of the natural sweetness of the fruit since we aren’t adding sugar.
  • Spices – I use a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt to give this recipe alllll the fall flaovrs
  • Vanilla Extract – just adds a little something extra to the flavor.

And that is it! Ready to make your apple butter??

Tips for the Perfect Crockpot Apple Butter:

Seriously not much for instructions here because all you do is throw everything in your crockpot!  I don’t even peel my apples because I don’t think it is necessary, so if you want to retain the extra fiber I’d say just go ahead and skip that step too.  Once you puree the apples you can barely tell it is there.  Of course if you are super picky about that sort of thing, go ahead and peel 🙂

You can use either a food processor or an immersion blender for this one.  I like using the immersion blender because it is one less thing to clean 😛 but I prefer using the food processor because I separate the apples from the extra liquids and get a thicker consistency.

Please make this without any sugar before you decide it needs it.  I promise you it does not!  The apples are plenty sweet.  If you want to ensure you get the sweetest version just use sweeter apples (Red Delicious, Pink Lady, or Fuji are good).  Or if you want a more robust flavor, I like to mix it up and use a bunch of different kinds in one batch!

In addition to the listed ingredients you will need:

I hope you enjoy spreading this on everything all fall long!

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Crockpot Apple Butter

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
  • Yield: ~1 cup


Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

Crockpot apple butter takes your favorite spread and makes it easier than ever.  Made with only apples and spices, no added sugars, dump it all into your crockpot, let it do all the work, and then enjoy a delicious spread you can feel good about!


  • 4 small to medium apples
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Core and dice apples into small pieces (removing skin is optional).
  2. Combine apples and spices (everything except vanilla) in crockpot, stir to distribute spices, and cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. For best texture, remove apples from the crockpot using a slotted spoon so extra liquids are separated, and transfer to a food processor to blend.  You can also blend right in the crockpot using an immersion blender.  Add vanilla as you blend.
  4. Let cool and then transfer to storage!


I have made batches using Red Delicious and Honeycrisp apples and think you can use any that you prefer.

I do not peel my apples.  Once you blend them you can barely tell skin is there, unless you are eating it straight from the spoon.  It doesn’t bother me and I like the added fiber, but you can peel if you prefer.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Category: Spreads
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Keywords: crockpot apple butter, apple butter, sugar free apple butter

If you try this crockpot apple butter please leave a comment below letting me know what you think!  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!


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