Cut the Fat with Healthy, No-Fat Apple Butter (Plus, Three Recipes!)

Apple Butter on muffin

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.

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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

Stove Top:

  1. Place all ingredients into a Dutch oven.
  2. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. With immersion blender, blend ingredients until smooth.
  4. Cook additional 15 minutes uncovered, until thick.

Here are a few more  recipes for using this delicious, no-fat apple butter:


Paleo Banana Walnut Muffins

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!


Challah French Toast

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!


Potato Latkes

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.

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Cut the Fat with Healthy, No-Fat Apple Butter (Plus, Three Recipes!)

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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  1. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    good recipe tnx

  2. Profile photo of Michael Michael says:

    We love apple butter in this house!

  3. Profile photo of Marlena AntonucciEDITOR Marlena Antonucci says:

    Apple butter reminds me of my childhood. It was a staple at my grandparents house and such a treat to have for breakfast. I will definitely be sharing this recipe with my family! I had no idea that it was so easy to make.


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