Here’s the deal. I needed some apple butter for an upcoming sandwich recipe, and I had grand plans to knock out the apple butter and sandwich recipes in one afternoon. And then I remembered the last time I made apple butter, it cooked in the slow cooker… all night.
Instead of throwing in the towel, I decided to defy the odds and make apple butter in under an hour on the stove. Take that slow cooker apple butter! Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore a rich and decadent apple butter that’s been simmering in the crock pot for hours. But if I can yield similar results in less time with a fraction of the calories and sugar, I am all in.
I’d call this recipe a cross between traditional apple butter and the loveliest applesauce you’ve ever tasted, which is a huge bonus in my book. Think of all the possibilities! Of course you can spread it on a piece of bread, but how about topping your yogurt with it or mixing it with cream cheese for a sweet surprise on your bagel. I even served it to my 2 year old for lunch as a side dish, and she loved it. But, really and truly, one of the best uses for this Quick and Easy Apple Butter is a sandwich spread for a sandwich I will be sharing with you very soon. Actually, I should call it a quesadilla. Anything slapped between 2 carbs is a sandwich in my book. Anyway, stay tuned. It’ll be a good one!
- 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir to combine.
- Bring mixture to a boil.
- Turn down to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to a food processor, blender, or Nutribullet. Blend until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.
Nutrition Information (per serving) from Caloriecount.about.com
Calories: 62 Fat: .2g Carb: 16g Fiber: 2.3g Protein: .3g Sugar 12.6g Sodium: 4mg
Weight Watchers Points (calculated on member website)
WW: 1 Points Plus