Apple Butter and Date Butter Recipe

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I’ve had a few requests for the apple butter and date butter recipe I use.  I use either one of these as a substitute for sugar in almost every recipe.  It tastes great in cookies, pies, breads, etc. If you put the time in at the start, you can easily make enough to last you through many batches of baked goods!  Once you start making these, you’ll realize they are easier than they seem!

Date Butter

* This one is my favourite!  It has a very subtle taste, but is super sweet! It’s also (in my opinion) the easier of the two recipes to make.  The cheapest place I have found to buy dates is Bulk Barn.  I make a few jars of these and keep them in my fridge for week (actually, who am I kidding?! They don’t last weeks!) 🙂

Ingredients:
3 Cups pitted dates

1 lemon- just juice

1Tsp cinnamon

1/2 Tsp nutmeg 

2 Cups water

Directions:

Put dates and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring occasionally.  Add in spices and lemon juice and stir.  Take off of the stovetop when the dates are visibly softened.  Let it cool slightly and then pour mixture into a blender or food processor.  Mix on high until it is a smooth pasty consistency. Put into containers and store in the fridge or use in a recipe right away! 

 

Apple Butter

I like this one in oatmeal cookies as well as apple crumble.  Although it is simple, it is a little time consuming.  It is worth it if you make a big batch as it will last you for months! 

Ingredients:
5lbs Apples sliced but not peeled (it is actually healthier with the peel on it)
Juice from 1 lemon
1 Tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tsp all spice

Directions:
Place sliced apples in a slow cooker on high for 4 hours. Stir occasionally with spoon. After 4 hours let it cool slightly and scoop into blender. Mix in blender on high speed. Unless you have a Vitamix blender, you may need to do a few small batches. Once apples are blended, pour the mixture back into the slow cooker for another 1.5 hrs. Add in Lemon juice and spices. This will thincken the apples slightly. Once it is cool you can place in containers and store in your fridge or freezer. Keep in mind that the mixture will also thicken a bit more once it is completely cool.
* As you can imagine, this will have your house smelling amazing!

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