Cut the Fat with Healthy, No-Fat Apple Butter (Plus, Three Recipes!)
Butter, of course, is not bad if used in moderation and since I cook and bake a lot, I will still use it sometimes. However, when it comes to slathering butter on a piece of toast or letting it melt on top of my pancakes, well, that is an instance where I could substitute a pat of butter for the healthier version of apple butter.
I did a bit of research and was surprised how much of an impact this pretty minute change would be. Did you know that 1 pat of butter (about a tablespoon) has 36 calories and 4.06 grams of fat vs. 1 tablespoon of apple butter having 15 calories and 0 grams of fat? I couldn’t believe I could cut the calories in half and omit the fat too! I think I can live with this small change for a healthier diet.
Where will I use Apple Butter for a substitute?
Pancakes, English muffins, toast, crackers, ice cream topping, or a nice sauce for pork chops.
No-Fat Apple Butter
10-12 medium apples, peeled and cut into chunks
¼ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. honey
¼ cup apple cider (or water)
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
- Place all ingredients into a Dutch oven.
- Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- With immersion blender, blend ingredients until smooth.
- Cook additional 15 minutes uncovered, until thick.
Here are a few more recipes for using this delicious, no-fat apple butter:
One of my favorite ways to eat a warm muffin is to cut it in half and slather on the butter. However, when this delicious Paleo Banana Muffin comes out of my oven, a generous smear of apple butter will taste amazing with this nutty, hearty treat!
If French Toast had a rich cousin, this would be it! Thick slices of bread set to soak in creamy egg, vanilla, and cream coating, then baked to crispy golden perfection screams for butter and syrup. This recipe would be a perfect way to try apple butter in place of both butter AND syrup!
These fried potato pancakes are delicious on their own, but adding sour cream or apple sauce takes their taste to a new level. This particular recipe called for smoked apple sauce, but to save a bit of time, a dollop of apple butter will compliment very nicely.
Where would you use apple butter?