Apple butter is nothing more than applesauce that’s been sweetened, spiced and reduced to a spreadable consistency. While it takes several hours of simmering, the homemade flavor is worth the time.
2½ cups apple puree or unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1. Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum medium saucepan.
2. Bring mixture to a low boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
3. Reduce heat to low and simmer until mixture thickens and is a medium-brown color, about 2 hours. Stir every 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator until used.
Each tablespoon contains 28 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, 0g protein, 3 Est GL.