Paleo Apple Butter

Although most people will agree that apple butter seems to be a perfect fall recipe, for me it is the perfect anytime recipe when organic apples are on sale. I can’t resist homemade apple sauce or apple butter, and this past weekend I gathered a couple varieties of apples from the store that were really ripe, which they were “clearancing” out.

Apple butter isn’t just for bread… It’s great with pork. Especially for breakfast accompanying pork sausage.  Tonight we are going to be cooking pork belly and the apple butter will be it’s accompaniment.  This recipe makes several jars, so it’s great to give as gifts too. And with such little added sugar, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet or offensive.

Just another great crockpot recipe that you can set and forget. I use a variety of apples so it will be more flavorful. I don’t recommend using green apples unless you prefer your butter to be more on the tart side. Our dogs love when I make apple butter or applesauce because they know they’ll be getting some of the peels.  The other portion of peels and cores go to our worm composter..


  • 15 apples (or however many your crockpot will hold – mine caps off at 15)
  • 1/4 cup honey (remember, the darker, the higher in nutrition)
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Peel and core apples and cut up into chunks. Place in crockpot. Throw peels and cores to your dog.
  • Distribute the rest of the ingredients onto the tops of the apples in the crockpot. Don’t worry about mixing it all up yet. As the apples heat up and soften, you can begin mixing and mashing everything.
  • Set the crockpot on low for 8 hours.
  • At about 6 hours, mash the apples (I use a potato masher), inside the pot.
  • Once they are finished, at 8 hours, throw everything in the food processor and process for a couple minutes until it is smooth.
  • Let cool in jars and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

You’ll be tempted to eat this stuff by the spoonful but be careful. It is still high in natural sugars.

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14 Responses to Paleo Apple Butter

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  2. Michele October 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Are you able to can the recipe?

  3. Jpalmer November 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    How long does the apple butter last in the fridge?

    • AngelaVieux November 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      I’m not sure but I have actually kept it in there for a couple weeks before it was completely consumed and it held that long.

  4. Rachel August 18, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Do you have the nutrition facts for this recipe?

  5. Maryann October 13, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Don’t give the apple seeds from the core to your dog! They’re poisonous.

  6. Brittany May 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Love this recipe, but I have to comment about your recommendation to “throw the peels and cores to your dog”- PLEASE do not feed apple seeds to your dog. They contain small amounts of cyanide which can be poisonous especially for small dogs! Just a suggestion!

    • AngelaVieux June 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      Thank you for the comment. I wasn’t thinking about the seeds when I wrote that.

  7. Michelle October 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    I am making this recipe as we speak, but one thing bothers me – do not give apple cores to your dog. The seeds are poisonous to them. Thanks!


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