Healthy Probiotic Apple Butter

Last Updated on June 21, 2021

You’re going to love this simple healthy probiotic apple butter recipe. It’s a simple way to get some extra nutrients into the belly of your family! 

healthy probiotic apple butter

Healthy Probiotic Apple Butter 

Apple butter is a staple in our family. I ALWAYS have apple butter canned and on the shelves ready to go. I grew up having it always available as my Grandma and mom both kept a ready supply on their shelves too. One reason I developed this recipe, I had a child who needed more probiotics and since he loves apple butter, this was a win-win to get it into his system.

I love so many things about this simple apple recipe. First off, I don’t have to go to the store and buy something that has just been sitting on the shelf for who knows how long full of ingredients that I didn’t put together myself.

Being able to give our family fresh fruits and foods means a lot to me and is one of the biggest reasons that we’ve started homesteading

If you’re in the mood for a simple recipe to use up your apples, you can’t go wrong with this. Not only is it fast and easy, but it’s really sweet and yummy and the kids love it! 

What type of apples work best for apple butter?

This is totally up to you. I tend to lean towards sweeter apples like gala or even red delicious because they have a ton of natural sugars that really stand strong. 

But you can absolutely make it with any type of apples that you have at home. The mixture of the molasses and pumpkin pie spice with the sugar of the apples will really work with any type that you have.

I use this recipe for apples that are a bit “over the hill.” We don’t like to waste anything. 

Are you ready to learn how to make this simple DIY apple butter recipe? Find out the easy tips below! 

Ingredients needed to make Healthy Probiotic Apple Butter 

How to make Apple Butter in your Multi-Pot or Instant Pot

Begin by coring and quartering the apples. There’s no need to peel.

Now add the apples and about half a cup of water into the Multi-pot insert.

You want to select the “Pressure Cook” mode and adjust the time with the “- / +” to 20 minutes.

Then when Multi-Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way.

After the pressure is gone, open the lid. Using tongs you can easily remove the peels of the apples.

Make sure you puree the apples using an immersion blender or a regular blender.

When you’re done pureeing completely, return the pureed apples to the Multi-pot if you picked to use a regular blender.

Turn the Multi-pot back to “Sauté” and use the adjust button to adjust the heat until “Less” is selected.

Now add in the pumpkin pie spice and molasses. Mix really well.

You want to let the apple butter simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes or until the apple butter reaches your desired thickness.

Once the apple butter reaches your desired thickness, cancel the Multi-pot and insert a thermometer into the apple butter. Wait till the apple butter cools down between 110F to 115F.

Then add the probiotic and mix well.

Close the lid and press the “Yogurt” button. It will say “Low” “24:00”. Press it again. It should now say “Normal” “8:00”. Use the “- / +” to increase the time to “48:00”.

After the 48 hours is up, remove the lid. It should smell like apple butter. The apple butter will be slightly lighter in color and have little bubbles at the edges. Mix well. It will taste tangy.

Pour the apple butter into a clean and sterilized glass jar. Chill it overnight.

Keep refrigerated and enjoy on toast, with oatmeal, or on its own.

Tips for Making Apple Butter

The amount of fermentation will depend on the quality of probiotics used. Not all probiotics are created equal. Choose a high-quality one and make sure it contains probiotics only and no prebiotic.

I’ve made this with a lot of different types as I tend to change up the ones that I use every few months. I read somewhere a long time ago that using the same probiotic over and again isn’t good for our tummies. 

Can you peel the apples for apple butter?

Yes, you can. But I’ll tell you that with this recipe, you don’t have to. You can leave the peels on and get that flavor and taste that you love. 

On a side note, if you do peel your apples, save the peels and eat them! My mom used to fry the apple peels in a skillet with butter, cinnamon, and sugar when I was little. It literally tastes like an apple pie!

Best Way To Store Apple Butter

You can read all about my simple canning tips here, but if you’re looking for an easy way to cook and eat right now, all you have to do is store it in a mason jar with a lid.

I prefer to use smaller jars just because it’s easier for the kids, but anything that you want to do will work. 

Best ways to eat apple butter

I say to each their own! I’ll personally eat it by the spoonful because it’s that good! But it’s also great on homemade bread, as a topping to muffins, as a fun addition to oatmeal, or just good to have for those times when you need to use up your apples. 

I also think that giving homemade apple butter as a DIY gift is an awesome gift idea to share with family and friends. SO many people don’t take the time to make their own food recipes so when you can make something homemade, it just makes it that much more special. 

The next time that you’re looking for a tasty and easy apple recipe that is simple and scrumptious, you can’t go wrong with this healthy probiotic apple butter.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about this apple butter recipe! It’s one of my favorites to play with and try out with different flavors of apples! 

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Healthy Probiotic Apple Butter

Healthy Probiotic Apple Butter

This easy recipe for prrobiotic apple butter is delicious and healthy!

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. Apples
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ cup Molasses
  • 1 teaspoon of high-quality Probiotic (about 5 capsules)

Instructions

Core and quarter the apples. No need to peel.

Add the apples and half a cup of water into the Multi-pot insert.

Select the “Pressure Cook” mode and adjust the time, with the “- / +” to 20 minutes.

When Multi-Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way.

Open the lid. Using tongs you can easily remove the peels of the apples.

Puree the apples using an immersion blender or a regular blender.

Return the pureed apples to the Multi-pot, if using a regular blender.

Turn the Multi-pot back to “Sauté” and use the adjust button to adjust the heat until "Less" is selected.

Add in the pumpkin pie spice and molasses. Mix well.

Let the apple butter simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes or until the apple butter reaches your desired thickness.

Once the apple butter reaches your desired thickness, cancel the Multi-pot and insert a thermometer into the apple butter. Wait till the apple butter cools down between 110F to 115F.

Then add the probiotic and mix well.

Close the lid and press the “Yogurt” button. It will say “Low” “24:00”. Press it again. It should now say “Normal” “8:00”. Use the “- / +” to increase the time to “48:00”.

After the 48 hours is up remove the lid. It should smell like apple butter. The apple butter will be slightly lighter in color and have little bubbles at the edges. Mix well. It will taste tangy.

Pour the apple butter into a clean and sterilized glass jar. Chill it overnight.

Keep refrigerated and enjoy on toast, with oatmeal, or on its own.

 

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