Food and Recipes

crockpot paleo apple butter

Ever tasted real apple butter? Not the kind you buy in grocery stores, but the homemade kind, crafted with sweat, blood and tears. Or more likely, time, patience and an overstock of apples.

Well, if you haven’t, it’s to die for.

So what, you might ask, would a paleo-er eat with apple butter, considering we boycott bread? Good question. See what your taste buds think about these options:

  • Melt apple butter over pecans and warm in oven.
  • Spread over paleo pancakes. (I’ll do a post about this soon)
  • Glaze pork chops, pork tenderloin or pork roast.
  • Drizzle over morning sausage patties.
  • Add to scrambled eggs and bacon.
  • Use it as a dip for sweet potato fries.
Crockpot Paleo Apple Butter (yields 4 pints)
  • 12 apples (use different varieties)
  • 2/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
Non-Food Essentials
  • Crockpot (mine holds 6 quarts)
  • Canning Jars (8 1/2 pint jars)


Note: When buying my apples, I purchased 4 Fugi, 4 Gala and 4 Red Delicious. Choosing different varieties gives better flavor and texture, and of course, better pictures.

1. First, peel your apples. This takes a while, but I firmly believe the more work you put into cooking, the better it tastes.

2. After they’re undressed, core and chop them.

Along the way, I placed my chopped apples in the crockpot. And half way through, I was wondering whether they’d all fit.

But whew, they just made it.

3. In extra large mixing bowl, toss apples, honey, agave, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until apples are thoroughly coated. If you don’t like your butter very sweet, cut raw honey to 1/3 cup.

4. Place mixture in crockpot and cook on high for 1 hour.

5. Reduce to low and cook for 8 to 9 hours, stirring occasionally. Here’s a glimpse of how it looks around the 4-hour mark.

6. Once apples have broken down, use hand mixer to blend mixture until it reaches desired consistency.

7. Can apple butter. I used the inversion method, but some consider it risky. So you could also try the more traditional route.


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I'm a full-time wife and semi-stay-at-home mom to four young kids. Day to day, I help my husband with his small business, but when I have any extra time, you can find me cooking or being active outdoors with my family. We live at the foothills of the North Georgia mountains and are embracing modern homesteading month by month.


  1. Forget Paleo – everyone knows the best way to eat apple butter is on a hot homemade buttered biscuit, made with White Lily Flour. Just got to be traditional on some things.

  2. I don’t eat paleo, but I made this for my friend (who does) and we both thought it was delicious. Cooking in the crock pot makes it hassle free (and makes the house smell great). Thanks for the recipe!

  3. So glad you enjoyed it! I’ve still got a few jars of it left. I love making food that lasts. It’s a nice surprise to rediscover it in my pantry after a couple months.

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