Fat-Free Apple Butter

This apple butter is an easy way to use up a bunch of apples after a gorgeous fall day full of apple picking! Let it cook in the slow cooker overnight. Different apples will yield different complex flavors – try ‘em all! Great served on whole-wheat toast or on top of seared pork chops.

 

Ingredients:
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup honey
¼ cup apple cider
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
⅛ tsp ground mace
10 medium apples, peeled and cut unto large chunks

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 10 hours or until apples are very tender.
2. Press apple mixture through a sieve in small batches (about one-fourth of the mixture at a time). Return mashed apple mixture to slow cooker and cook, uncovered, on high 1 ½ hours or until mixture is thick. Stir occasionally.
3. Spoon into a bowl, cover, and chill. Keeps up to one week in the fridge.

Yield: 4 cups (serving size = ¼ cup)

Nutrition Information per Serving: 132 calories, 0 g fat, 35.3 g carbohydrate, 3.1 g fiber, 0 g cholesterol, 6 mg sodium

Cooking Light, October 2004

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