Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #iloveambrosia campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time and was gifted a dozen Ambrosia apples.

A fun DIY 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! 

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! | @TheFoodieDietitian

An apple a day…


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.

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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.

Perfect DIY foodie gift for the holidays! Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter | @TheFoodieDietitian

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-5

Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter, that is.

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Perfect DIY foodie gift for the holidays! Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter | @TheFoodieDietitian

Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter

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  • Yield: 4 1/2 pint jars 1x


  • 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


  1. Peel, core, and roughly chop apples.
  2. In a slow cooker, add apples, apple cider, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Stir and let sit uncovered on low for an additional 2 hours.
  4. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth consistency.
  5. 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.

Perfect DIY foodie gift for the holidays! Ambrosia Apple Butter | @TheFoodieDietitian

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.

Perfect DIY foodie gift for the holidays! Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter | @TheFoodieDietitian

Tell me, have you ever made apple butter? What’s your favorite apple butter pairing?

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  1. Deanna Wooten

    has anyone made this recipe? on my computer there’s a note saying not to make these
    and if you have was it good. it looks great.

    • Hi Deanna! There are a few comments here from readers who have made this apple butter and enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Tamara

    Does this make 4 half pint jars or 4 and a 1/2 pints? Also, can you butter regular toast and use this like jam?

  3. Rachel @ Delicious Balance

    Such a great gift idea! I love DIY foodie gifts. I did granola one year and homemade nut butter another year. Maybe this year will be apple butter!

  4. Min

    I love DIY gifts! I’ve started knitting scarves for friends, but this is a MUCH more delicious surprise ;). I’m currently obsessed with ambrosia apples as well! So sweet and yes, I’d love to work at an orchard in my next life too. Let’s join forces 😉

    • Knitting scarves?! That is the cutest and most thoughtful thing I’ve heard all day. One more reason to add to my why I love Min Kwon list. Oh, and our shared aspirations for orchard living can be another reason 🙂

  5. This looks great! I love healthy and easy holiday gift ideas!!! Pinned it 🙂

  6. DIY gifts are the BEST! What a cute idea! Plus I could make enough to gift to myself! I think a jar of this and homemade bread would be the perfect gift!

  7. Jeri

    I want to make this! Do you use a hot water bath to seal jars? Store them in refrigerator?

  8. Apple butter is my all-time favorite condiment! Your version looks so delicious 🙂

  9. I LOVE how easy this is. I’m determined this Christmas to make some of my gifts. This tops the list of Must Make 🙂

  10. i love apple butter and DIY gifts for christmas… looks like the perfect recipe.

  11. This is such an easy, but elegant idea for Christmas gifts! Love it and pinned!

  12. I LOVE apple butter (any fruit butter really), so I may just make this for myself…haha a gift to me 😉

  13. Oh yum! I’m not going to lie, when I saw the title I thought you were making ambrosia salad with apple butter and I was like what?!? haha.

    That said, I love the sound of this apple butter. Apple butter is good on everything. 🙂

  14. I can only imagine how tasty this apple butter is with the sweet apples…we love it on so many things. Pinning!