Salted Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Butter tastes like caramel sauce drizzled over apple pie, but it’s totally plant-based and has zero added sugar!
Hiiii and get ready for some yummmm!
Let me introduce you to Salted Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Butter: aka the apple butter my family is obsessed with. Why so obsessed?
- It’s made in a slow cooker – easy peasy!
- There is no added sugar! The apple butter is sweetened entirely by apples and nature’s candy: medjool dates!
- It’s lightly spiced with a touch of cinnamon for a classic apple butter flavor.
- It’s got a natural caramel flavor from the caramel notes of the dates, the complexity of flavor that develops from cooking low and slow in the slow cooker, and being blended with coconut milk and salt at the end to really capitalize on the caramel notes.
Basically, it’s yum. In fact, my husband dubbed this the “apple butter that tastes like caramel drizzled over apple pie”.
It’s delicious no matter how you take it. We’ve tried this Salted Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Butter a few different ways:
- mixed in oatmeal
- drizzled over Greek yogurt (or ice cream!)
- drizzled over dried apple slices for “apple nachos”
- with fresh honeycrisp apple slices dipped into it
- on toast
You can freeze it to enjoy year round, or gift it to friends and family during this most wonderful time of the year. 🙂
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Salted Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Butter
Salted Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Butter tastes like caramel sauce drizzled over apple pie, but it's totally plant-based and has zero added sugar, sweetened entirely from fresh fruit!
free from: gluten, dairy, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts
- 3 lbs honeycrisp apples stem & core removed and roughly chopped
- 1 cup medjool dates pitted and roughly chopped
- 1 cup water
- 3 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2-1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk lite or full fat
- Combine apples, dates, water, vanilla, and cinnamon in a slow cooker. Cook 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat.
- Carefully transfer slow cooker contents to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree apple mixture until completely smooth.
- Stir in salt and coconut milk.
You can peel the apples if you'd like, but I did not. I have a high-powered Vitamix blender, so the peels blend easily. If you have a weaker blender and struggle to achieve a smooth puree, you may want to peel your apples.
I prefer the sweet-tart flavor of honeycrisp, but you can use any type of apple.
You can use full fat or lite canned coconut milk for best results. I have not tested it with any other alternatives, but something like almond milk that's a little thinner may not make the apple butter as creamy. The nutrition information has been calculated using full fat canned coconut milk.
Jaime from moderndayfox.com adapted this for the Instant Pot: soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes, then combine ingredients in the Instant Pot or 20 minutes on High Pressure with a Quick Release.
Leftovers can be frozen in airtight freezer-safe storage containers up to 3-4 months.