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MAPLE SPICED APPLE BUTTER (Paleo & Refined Sugar-Free)

EASY MAPLE APPLE BUTTER - no refined sugar, sweetened only with maple syrup. This spicy maple apple butter is less sweet than the sticky, sugar-laden versions, but boasts the full flavors of maple, and spices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Simmer Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo recipes
Servings: 40
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Anna


  • Large sauce pan
  • Food mill
  • Paring knife


  • 4 pounds organic cooking apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger


  • Wash apples, and remove any bad spots. Roughly chop into quarters, and add to sauce pan, along with the water. (Don't peel or core the apples - you'll want the wonderful flavor and color from the peels, and the pectin from the cores.)
  • Simmer gently over medium heat, until apples are thoroughly soft. (This will greatly depend on the ripeness and variety of the apples you're using, so this could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes.)
  • Remove cooked apples from heat, and let cool slightly. Run the whole mixture through a food mill to remove stems, peels, cores, and seeds. Return the smooth apple mixture to the sauce pan, and discard the peels and cores.
  • Add maple syrup, vinegar, and spices, to the cooked apple mixture, and return to the stove. Simmer very gently over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the apple butter is very thick and smooth. As it thickens, you'll need to stir it more frequently to ensure that it doesn't burn on. I find it really helps to use my lowest-heat burner for this stage of the cooking.
  • Ladle apple butter into jars, and store in the refrigerator, or follow the canning instructions below.

To Can Apple Butter

  • Fill hot apple butter into clean hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims with a clean, dampened paper towel and adjust two-piece metal lids and bands. 
  • Process in a boiling water canner, for 15 minutes. For elevations 1,000-6,000 feet, process for 20 minutes. Above 6,000 feet, process for 25 minutes.
  • Let cool undisturbed for at least 12 hours, then check seals before storing.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg