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Gluten Free Homemade Apple Butter

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

Delicious homemade gluten free apple butter. Perfect for the family or for special fall occasions. I used apples from the farms out east.

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Peel and slice apples and place into either a crockpot or instant pot - used on crockpot slow cook setting.

Mix tapioca flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

Pour the mixture over the apples and mix together well. Use the Instant Pot Slow Cook Setting on high and allow to cook for 8 hours.

If you want to cook as an Instant Pot dish, place Instant Pot on pressure cook on high for 90 minutes. Allow to naturally release. IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE THIS SETTING, ADD WATER TO BOTTOM OF POT BEFORE PUTTING APPLES MIXED WITH POWDERED FLAVORING INTO THE POT OR YOU WILL RECIEVE THE BURN NOTICE. After you smooth the mixture, follow with 1 to 2 hours cooking with lid off and instant pot set on slow cook on high.

Use an immersion blender to blend the apple butter until smooth. It will still be a bit loose. That's ok.

Stir in vanilla. Put Instant Pot back onto slow cook on high for about 1 to 2 hours and leave the lid off. Stir once in a while. The apple butter will thicken during this process.

Place the apple butter into covered containers - glass is best. Refrigerate and/or freeze. I spread some onto my homemade gluten free waffles made with my homemade gluten free pancake batter.


6 or 7 pounds of apples of your choice - peeled and sliced - approx. 18 medium apples

1/2 cup gluten free tapioca flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

Ways to use apple butter:

  • As a dip - apple slices, cheeses, vegetables, fruits.

  • As a spread - on toast, pancakes, waffles or in place of jelly with peanut butter or cream cheese.

  • Stir into hot cereal.

  • On crackers topped with goat cheese or feta cheese.

  • Use in baking recipes in place of pumpkin or applesauce.

  • Brush onto meats just before the end of the cooking process.

  • Toss a small amount onto roasted vegetables.

  • Use in cookie recipes.

  • However your heart desires.

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