A fun DIY holiday foodie gift, this 4 ingredient spiced Ambrosia apple butter is quick and easy to make in the slow cooker and fun to dress up as a festive gift!
An apple a day…
IS THE BEST SNACK EVER. Hands down.
It’s crunchy. It’s sweet. It’s got fiber (hello satiety factor!). It’s packed with vitamins and minerals. And there’s ZERO prep time involved. Grab n’ go at it’s best.
I seriously eat apples erryday in the fall like it’s my job. In my next life, I hope to work at an apple orchard so it can quite literally be my job.
If I’m feeling really ambitious, I’ll spread some almond butter or PB on my apple. And if I’m feeling wild and crazy, I’ll dip ’em in my salted caramel peanut butter apple dip.
I typically gravitate towards Gala apples as my snack variety go-to but I recently was able to try a new-to-me variety called Ambrosia apples.
Ambrosia apples are a relatively new variety at only 10 years old, but they’re already on their way to becoming a top 10 apple variety in the U.S. They are naturally sweet and actually happen to be one of the sweetest varieties on the market. This means you can cut back on the added sugar when baking with them! They are visually beautiful – bright red blush meets a yellow background. Plus, they’re juicy and crisp which means every bite will be satisfying.
They’re awesome to cook with too. Not only are they naturally sweet, but they are also slow to brown so you don’t have to worry about adding slices to your salad or cheese plate. This seriously saved me some anxiety when chopping. I always feel like I’m on hyper speed mode when chopping apples, hurrying as fast as I can before they brown. Anyone else feel me on the apple browning anxiety? They also retain their shape well, making them an ideal choice for baking in pies or tarts.
So what I did I do with my Ambrosia apples? I made BUTTER, BABY.
Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter, that is.
- 6 lbs Ambrosia apples (about 12 apples)
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Peel, core, and roughly chop apples.
- In a slow cooker, add apples, apple cider, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Stir and let sit uncovered on low for an additional 2 hours.
- Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth consistency.
- Let cool and transfer to mason jars for storing/gifting!
I love apple butter. I could just eat this out of the jar with a spoon and call it a day. But to avoid strange looks from Steve, I spread it on toast with almond butter, mix it into oatmeal or yogurt, and top off any dessert with it. Like my vegan gluten-free pumpkin pie from last week. Golden.
This time of year, I’m always thinking about fun foodie DIY gifts to give loved ones for the holidays. This apple butter packs perfectly in mason jars and a little twine and bow goes a long way to make this a festive gift.
Tell me, have you ever made apple butter? What’s your favorite apple butter pairing? For more apple inspired recipes, check out the recipes below: