Fall is in full swing and I LOVE it! There is a crispness in the air and the leaves are turning into rich hues of reds, oranges, and golds. Fall also means apple season, which is my favorite! I adore apples. Any variety. I recently went to an orchard and picked some beautiful Mackintosh, Gala, and Honeycrisp apples. These apples are SO delicious and what makes them even more delicious is that I picked them off the tree myself. 100% organic!
I have been getting creative with apples in the kitchen! This apple butter was on my list because it is so simple and easy with tons of flavor! We love eating apple butter on toast, muffins, waffles, pancakes, or simply straight out of the jar! You will want to make this recipe because your house will be enveloped in the aroma of Christmas – seriously! The apples and warm spices in this recipe are so comforting and good for the body. Enjoy!
3 pounds apples (I used Gala and Honeycrisp)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup coconut sugar
2 tablespoons ground ceylon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Wash, core, and quarter the apples. There is no need to peel the apples since the peel contains lots of fiber and nutrients that will be pureed later in the process. Combine the apples, vinegar, coconut sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Stir and continue cooking for another 2 to 3 hours. Stir in the vanilla. Let the apple mixture cool completely, then transfer to a food processor or blender. (Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender for this step.) Blend until there are no chunks remaining. You may need to do this in batches. Pour into jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze it for 3 to 4 months. (Adapted slightly from Recipe Source: Plant Pure Nation)