This 5-Minute Caramel Apple Butter is the quickest easiest apple butter made right in the blender, but still as smooth and sweet as the traditional kind. Perfect as a filling, topping, dip, or spread!
And by apple butter I mean apple “butter” because this is like a lazy cheaters version of what is usually a slow-simmered sweet spread. But if you are like me and would rather sweeten with dates than sugar and turn on the blender than heat up the stove, then I think you will see the beauty in this no-cook apple butter/”butter” cheat too!
Only one apple on hand but you want to make apple butter? Problem solved.
Only 5 minutes but you want to make apple butter? Problem solved.
Shiny green granny smith apple in the fridge that you don’t know what to do with because they are abysmally tart for straight snacking? Problem solved.
Slice of crusty toast or warm bowl of oatmeal just begging for an instantly fall-festive topping? Problem solved.
No pots, pans, or knives in your entire house but you are in dire need of a spoonful of something sweet? Problem solved.
Too many dates and don’t know what to…wait…that never happens.
So pretty much this 5-Minute Caramel Apple Butter is solving all the major pressing world problems. World, you are welcome.
I realize I just kinda snuck that C word in there, didn’t I? I should mention, it is not only easier and faster than any other apple butter, but it’s also CARAMEL apple butter!! Basically if you took an entire caramel apple, shoved it in a blender, and blended until smooth and creamy you would end up with this delicious stuff.
However, the reverse is not true. You can turn caramel apple into caramel apple butter, but not caramel apple butter into the on-a-stick snack. At least not with any kitchen gadget I know of. A reverse un-blending blender, how awesome would that be??
Don’t worry though, I have a not-on-a-stick caramel apple butter snack idea coming your way very very soon…!
Anywho…enough about un-blenders, back to the butter!
So maybe I am a cheater, skipping the actual cooking part of the apple butter process, but when it comes to testing out and finding what type of apple works best in this blender butter I did not skimp. I tested 3 different apples and I can report that the type of apple actually makes quite a big difference…
Sweet red apple. I used a Fuji for the first batch, and the apple flavor was too overpowered by the dates. Delicious, yes! But not as apple-y as I would like.
Gritty apple. No, just no! Since the apple is not cooked in this apple butter, a gritty apple will ruin the smooth texture of the apple butter. For anything not cooked, just avoid these entirely. Why do they even exist again?
Tart green apple. Yes I’m looking at you Granny. Granny Smith that is. This is the perfect apple for this recipe, which makes sense since they are the classic caramel apple apple too. Lots of apple flavor and the perfect tart balance to the sweet dates. Even the aroma was twice as apple-y with this batch. We have a winner!
The dates are plenty sweet enough to mimic the sugar-y taste of a traditional cooked apple butter. But for texture, adding in a quarter cup of maple syrup is very helpful. Plus it certainly doesn’t hurt the fall flavor vibe. You can swap it out for water or nondairy milk instead, but the end product won’t be as smooth.
So are you ready to cheat your way to speedy scrumptious blender Caramel Apple Butter with me?!Print
This Caramel Apple Butter is the quickest easiest apple butter made right in the blender, but still as smooth and sweet as the traditional spread!
- 1 granny smith apple
- 8 pitted Medjool dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup*
- Core and roughly chop the apple.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend on high until very smooth. You may need to use the tamper to get it to blend, try to avoid adding more water if possible to keep the texture thick.
- Transfer to an airtight jar and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- It is wonderful as a dip or spread, stirred into oatmeal, baked into sweet treats, or by the spoonful!
*You can substitute the maple syrup with water or nondairy milk, but the texture of the apple butter will not be as smooth.
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Why yes, yes it could double as a frosting atop a Cinnamon Cupcake!
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