Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.
Do you crave the sweet taste of apple butter but want to avoid the excess sugar in commercial apple butter? Why not make your homemade apple butter at home using sugar-free ingredients?
Apple butter is versatile and healthy when you consider the abundance of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants in apples. This homemade version of the sweet but healthy treat contains no added sugar.
Plus, when you cook apples, it makes the antioxidants easier for the body to absorb. Unfortunately, making homemade apple butter can be tedious, time-consuming, and messy.
What if you could make apple butter in your microwave? You can do that with this recipe for sugar-free apple butter. Then, you'll discover ideas for how to use your homemade apple butter. Here's the basic recipe:
- 3 pounds of apples, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar-free pancake syrup (easy to find at most grocery stores)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chopped apples, sugar-free maple syrup, and cinnamon.
- Microwave the ingredients on high power for 12 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and place it in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until the mixture is smooth.
- Place the bowl back into the microwave and cook for an additional 8 minutes.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely before placing it in a jar.
Your kitchen is probably smelling sweet by now with the delicious aroma of apple butter filling the air. The odor of blended apples and cinnamons is quite satisfying which is why apple butter is one of those old-fashioned comfort foods people gravitate toward, especially during the fall when apples are in season and in demand.
This homemade apple butter gets its sweetness from sugar-free pancake syrup. Most sugar-free pancake at the grocery store is sweetened with maltitol, a type of sugar alcohol.
However, you can also buy syrups sweetened with allulose, a blood sugar-friendly sweetener. Some studies show allulose is helpful for blood sugar control and is a good alternative for diabetics.
Now that you have your delicious stash of sugar-free apple butter, let’s look at some creative ways to enjoy it.
Ways to Enjoy Apple Butter
Here are some ways to use apple butter you might not have considered:
- Use your homemade apple butter as a sandwich spread. You can spread it on one side of your bread and put low-fat cream cheese on the other. Then add your primary sandwich ingredient. Smoked turkey is a good choice.
- Spread sugar-free apple butter on whole-grain crackers for a tasty and delicious snack.
- Add a spoonful of apple butter to your oatmeal in the morning.
- Spread it onto waffles and pancakes. You’ll need less syrup this way.
- Use apple butter in place of regular butter. It's healthy and lower in fat and calories than regular butter.
- Use it as a spread on toast or muffins
- Mix sugar-free apple butter into store-bought or homemade yogurt
- Use it as a filling for pies or turnovers
- Stir a little homemade sugar-free apple butter into coffee or tea for a unique taste.
- Add it to a vinaigrette for a seasonal salad
- Offer homemade apple butter to your kids, too. This is a great way for them to get their daily quota of fruits. They'll love the taste, and you'll love the health benefits.
It's Easy to Make at Home
Give this recipe a try. Once you discover how fresh homemade apple butter tastes, you'll never go back to store-bought apple butter again!
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