I always get excited when the holiday season rolls around. It means extra time to connect with friends and family, plenty of delicious meals, and let’s not forget about the gifts! Homemade gifts are a thoughtful way to share the love, without waiting in crazy lines at the mall. And, not only are they unique and personalized, but they’re also easier on the wallet. This recipe for chai-spiced apple butter made in a slow cooker is a thoughtful homemade gift that everyone will be happy to receive.
It takes only a handful of ingredients to make this simple, but show-stopping, Slow Cooker Chai Apple Butter. Chai tea, spiced with cardamom, ginger, clove, and black pepper, gives it memorable flavor that will make you look like a culinary genius. You can make a large batch, dispense it in pretty jars tied with ribbon, and knock out gifts for several loved ones at once! Perhaps best of all: the slow cooker ends up doing most of the work, which means you don’t even need to spend much time in the kitchen. Store apple butter in the fridge, or use a proper canning process to make them safe to store at room temperature.
Several different types of apples can be used to make this sweet apple spread, so feel free to pick your favorite or combine two or more varieties. McIntosh, Honeycrisp and Gala are some of my go-to apples for cooking. For this recipe, leaving the peels on half of the apples adds texture and fiber. I love adding a slight twist to homemade edible gifts, so the addition of chai tea bags adds a unique flavor to the apple butter. To make your gifts extra special, it helps to buy cute little jars for packaging. Store the apple butter in the fridge, or use the proper canning process to make them safe to store at room temperature.
Spread chai apple butter on toast, stir a spoonful into your morning oatmeal, use it in place of maple syrup on pancakes, stir into barbecue sauce, or make your grilled cheese sandwich the stuff of dreams.
Slow Cooker Chai Apple Butter
Check out this tasty slow cooker chai apple butter recipe. It's low calorie and easy to prep.
- 5 medium apples cored, cut into quarters
- 5 medium apples peeled, cored, cut into quarters
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 inch slice lemon peel
- 10 bags chai tea
Place apples, sugar, lemon peel, and tea bags in a 2 to 3-quart slow cooker.
Cook on low for 12 hours or until apples are completely broken down.
Remove lemon peel and tea bags.
- There are a lot of good apples that can be used to make apple butter. You can use one type or a combination: Cortland, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Jonagold, Braeburn, Granny Smith (tart), McIntosh, and Gala.
- All apples can be peeled if you prefer, but leaving the peels on gives you more fiber and is healthier.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.