Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia

 Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia

It’s apple season! What’s your favorite variety of apple?

One of my favorite varieties are Honeycrisp apples. Their “season” is very short and unfortunately they are more expensive than some other apples, but they are so good! They are worth the splurge to me!

 Leave the peel on. Peel = nutrients!

Leave the peel on. Peel = nutrients!


Have you ever wondered why apple butter is called apple "butter"? There is no butter in there! I Googled the question and the best answer I came up with was because apple butter has a butter-like soft consistency and can be used as a spread for breads. (Personally, I don't see much distinction here compared to jam but apple butter does sound better than apple jam!) 

Traditional recipes for apple butter call for the apples to be peeled. Don't do it! The peel is loaded with nutrients. The apples are blended at the end of the long cooking time and the peel just melts into the apples.

Traditional apple butter recipes are high in added sugar (and store-bought apple butter is very high in sugar!) but this recipe just uses 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I used a combination of tart Granny Smith apples and sweet, red Gala apples.

And the ch-ch-ch-chia?? (Remember the commercial?) Don't worry, you're not growing a plant here. Chia seeds are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. These seeds absorb the liquid from the apples, forming a gel. This keeps the apple butter thick and boosts the antioxidant profile too!

 See the little chia seeds?

See the little chia seeds?

Other than coring and chopping a lot of apples, all you do is mix the apples, chia seeds and spices in a slow cooker, cover and cook on low and you're done! Cooking it low and slow produces that beautiful, rich, deep brown color. A bonus of this recipe is that your house will smell amazing during the cooking process!

 Leave it chunky or use an immersion blender to get a smoother consistency.

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Serve on or with:

Toast and biscuits

Oatmeal

Pancakes and waffles

Yogurt

Mixed with peanut butter and spread on crackers or graham crackers

Or even serve as a sandwich spread (a sweet friend from church often brings chicken salad sandwiches with apple butter on croissants to church get-togethers. it sounds a little odd but it is so good!)

 

 Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia

Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia

Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia

Ingredients:

6 lbs apples, cored and chopped (leave peel on; I used a mixture of red and green apples)

3 T Chia seeds

¼ cup light brown sugar

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

½ tsp cloves

1 tsp ginger, dried

Dash salt

1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients except the vanilla in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Leave chunky or use an immersion blender to blend to desired consistency. (Or use a regular blender). Let cool and store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia

 Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia

Slow Cooker Apple Butter with Chia