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A small jar of Slow Cooker Apple Butter in front of a few apples

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter is easy to make in the crockpot and filled with intense apple flavor and a medley of delicious warm spices! This apple spread is the perfect condiment for fall. Freezer-friendly, naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo-friendly.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple butter recipe, crock pot apple butter, crockpot apple butter, homemade apple butter, how to make apple butter, slow cooker apple butter
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 63 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 4 lbs apples use a variety of about 8-10, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • maple syrup or coconut sugar , to taste


Slow Cooker Method

  1. Add the apples to the slow cooker.

    Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

    Sliced and seasoned apples in a slow cooker
  2. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours, stirring every couple hours, or until the apple butter is thick and dark brown.

    Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter. Or alternatively, transfer to a blender or food processor. Add more sweetener or spices, to taste.

    Top view of cooked apple butter in a blue pot
  3. Allow to cool. Transfer to glass containers and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

    Side view of apple butter in a glass jar with a knife

Instant Pot Method

  1. Add all the ingredients to the inner pot of a 6-quart Instant Pot.

    Turn Instant Pot to “Manual” and pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow to naturally release for 20 minutes.

    Use an immersion blender to puree the apples. Alternatively, transfer it to a blender or food processor. Add more sweetener or spices, to taste.

    Allow the butter to cool completely before storing it in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.