By Dr. Janet Brill
Jams, jellies, and fruit butters are not just made with fruit. In fact, most of these fruity spreads are made with white sugar, in addition to the natural sugar (fructose) found naturally in fruit. Therefore, what you often think may be a single serving of fruit on your slice of warm toast is actually a small amount of fruit and a whole lot of table sugar. If you truly enjoy spreading your toast with a jam, jelly, or fruit butter, buy a low sugar or sugar free version, and/or make your own, as featured in this week’s seasonal recipe, homemade Apple Butter!
Homemade apple butter is healthier as it contains zero cholesterol, and zero sodium that helps in lowering blood pressure also. Check out the low calorie recipe of homemade apple butter.
Yield: 48 servings (2 Tablespoons per serving)
3-2 cup Jars of Apple Butter
Select a mixture of sweet and sour apples to create a flavorful apple butter.
Place the sliced apples into a crockpot and cook for 4 hours on HIGH. Mash apples into an applesauce consistency. Cool the applesauce for 15 minutes before scooping into a blender. Blend applesauce into a smooth consistency like whipped butter! Pour apple butter back into the crockpot and cook for 1-2 hours on HIGH until you like the thickness of your apple butter. Mix in the cinnamon and lemon juice to the apple butter. Let the apple butter cool before putting into jars to be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories: 20 kcal, Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Carbohydrate: 5 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 9 g, Sodium: 0 mg