Pumpkin Apple Butter

First, choose some apples of any kind. I picked gala.

A plethora of apples occurs this time of year at my house. I needed to use some apples up before they get all weird and soft. I will be using this apple butter in baked goods and plain on a spoon right out of the jar. Its also good slathered on a muffin, or a rice cake, or on oatmeal or pancakes. I love apples and pumpkin is full of vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese. Apples are full of important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. 

In this recipe, I use a crockpot. I chop up the apples into cubes, pour in the pumpkin, and sprinkle with cinnamon, and drizzle with the apple cider vinegar. Turn on for about 4 hours on high or low for 8-10 hours. You can definitely add sweetener if you choose, but these apples are sweet enough for me. You want to be sure to stir it every once in a while, in case it starts sticking. When the apples are nice and soft, you can throw in a blender if you desire. I chose to skip this because I love the chunks. It is more like applesauce, but I did use a masher to break up the big chunks a bit. You want to turn the crockpot on high with the lid off and let thicken for about 45-75 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once it's as thick as you like, let cool a bit, and store in a glass jar in the fridge.  Enjoy!!

Pumpkin Apple Butter

Ingredients:

 

  • 8 small gala apples (or whatever variety you like, chop into cubes)
  • Pumpkin in a can (Preferably organic and just pumpkin as the ingredient)
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp ground cinnamon (or any other spices you want to use nutmeg, ginger, etc) 
  • 1- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg's)
  • any sweetener like honey or maple syrup (optional) I didn't use any!

 

Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love.
Apples all cut up.
Such simple ingredients.