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Vegan Apple Butter

This vegan apple butter is the perfect fall spread; delicious for topping toast, pancakes, or even mixing with barbecue sauce.

Course Dips and Spreads
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy apple butter, vegan apple butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 41 kcal
Author Dairy Free for Baby


  • 3 pounds apples, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Combine everything in the slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hours. When done, puree with an immersion blender (or let cool and use a regular blender). Store in jars in the refrigerator for 5 days, or freeze for a few months.

Recipe Notes

  • Apples do not need to be peeled – leave the skins on to add extra fiber!
  • 3 pounds of apples is about 6 large or 8-10 smaller apples. Getting an exact weight is not a big deal, so if you don’t have a kitchen scale, just estimate based on these numbers.
  • This is a lightly sweetened recipe; if you prefer a very sweet apple butter, add extra maple syrup at the start.
  • This makes approximately 3 cups of apple butter. For the purposes of the nutrition analysis, we assume a serving is 2 tablespoons, and that this recipe makes 24 servings.

Nutrition analysis (approximate per 2 tablespoons): 41 calories, 0 g fat, 25 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fiber, 8.5 g sugar, 0 g protein, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 1%, Vitamin D: 0%, Potassium: 2%, Vitamin C: 5%