Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from
This healthy, no-sugar Cranberry Apple Butter is a pure, gorgeous fruit spread that perks up toast, biscuits, muffins, and scones — you can even mix it into yogurt, or bake with it. Even better, you make it right in the crock pot! ~

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter is an easy, no sugar fruit spread for toast, biscuits, muffins, and scones, it’s also perfect for holiday gift giving!

CROCK POT CRANBERRY APPLE BUTTER ~ a no-sugar, gloriously vibrant, silky spread for toast, English muffins, scones, biscuits, or anything else you want to slather it on! ~

You already know and love apple butter, but this cranberry apple butter is an extra special fall treat.

Apple butter is such a fall staple. And I’m sure you know that there’s no butter in it at all, just fresh apples that have been cooked down and pureed into a thick spread. But did you know you can also make Pumpkin Butter? And Bourbon Banana Butter? And Peach Butter? I love to experiment, and today I mixed cranberries with apples to make fabulously tart cranberry apple butter that I think you’re going to love. The flavor (and color!) is unique and wonderful. This is easy to make, so gather up some small jars and think about making a few extra batches for holiday gifts.

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from

TIP: Fresh cranberries are sold in 12-ounce bags from late September through December in grocery stores — you can’t get them at any other time of the year, so grab extra and freeze them. Just put them straight into the freezer as is, in their original bags, they’ll last up to a year. Cranberries are low in calories, and high in vitamin C and anti-oxidants so they’re really good for you, especially when you eat them without added sugar.

No sugar Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter is a delight, spread it on toast, scones, muffins, or biscuits, and make extra for holiday gift giving! ~

You’ll need 5 or 6 apples and a bag of fresh cranberries for this butter (one 12 ounce bag is about 3 cups of berries.) You can use any type of apple you like, and there is no need to peel them, just remove the core and seeds.

TIP: This cranberry apple butter recipe is formulated for the crock pot, but you can certainly do it on the stove top as well. It won’t take as long, but it will require more ‘babysitting’.

no sugar added crock pot cranberry apple butter ~

Pile the fruit into the crock pot and cook on high for about 4 hours, giving the pot a stir now and then. Puree the softened mixture and then push through a strainer. This step removes any gritty bits and ensures a silky butter. Then back it goes into the rinsed out crock pot for a further couple of hours to thicken up to a spreadable consistency.

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter ~

The natural sweetness of the apples offsets the tart cranberries, so I didn’t add any sugar to this at all. I recommend you give it a taste during the final stages of cooking, if it tastes too tart, just add some honey to sweeten it up. The same goes for the spices…I kept it minimal with a stick of cinnamon that lends a subtle hint of spice, but you can use more if you like.

TIP: This Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter will last up to a month in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the jars for up to a year: leave a little space at the top for expansion and set the jars right in the freezer after they’ve cooled down.

crock pot cranberry apple butter in glass jars

Reader Rave ~

“Just made this. Its beautiful and delicious! Nothing to strain out after putting it in the vitamix on high. Plan to enjoy it with gluten-free cinnamon swirl bread from LowCarbYum – looks like a perfect match! Thank you!” ~ Lisa

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from
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Cranberry Apple Butter

This healthy, no-sugar Cranberry Apple Butter is a pure, gorgeous fruit spread that perks up toast, biscuits, muffins, and scones.
Course preserves
Cuisine American
slow cooker 6 hours
Yield 2 -3 cups
Author Sue Moran


  • crock pot


  • 5-6 apples
  • 1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries they can be frozen and thawed
  • 1 stick of cinnamon or powdered cinnamon to taste
  • honey optional


  • Wash the apples well, and cut them into large chunks, discarding the core and seeds. Add to the crock pot.
  • Rinse the cranberries and add them to the crock pot. Give the fruit a stir and then cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Give the pot a stir every once in a while to prevent sticking. If the mixture is sticking you can add a bit of water, but I didn't have to, the natural juices of the fruit should be sufficient.
  • Puree the softened fruit in a high speed blender or food processor, working in 2 batches.
  • Push the puree through a mesh strainer with the back of a large spoon, Force the puree through, you should be left with just a light layer of solids. Rinse out the strainer between batches.
  • Rinse out the crock pot and return the strained puree to the pot. Bury a stick of cinnamon into the puree. Cook on HIGH, uncovered, for another 2 hours, or until thick and spreadable, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. When the fruit has thickened, spoon it into clean glass jars. Let cool, and then cap and refrigerate. The butter will keep for 4 weeks in the refrigerator, or up to a year in the freezer. (If you plan to freeze, leave a little space at the top of each jar to allow for expansion.)
  • Makes 2 1/2 cups
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • Another way to get a less tart result without adding any sweetener would be to use more apples and less cranberries, say 8 apples with 1/2 bag of cranberries. 
  • If you like things super tart, try my pure cranberry butter.
  • If you don’t have a crock pot I highly recommend getting one…you don’t have to spend a lot, the base models are fine, and you will get a ton of use out of it. This is the one I’ve used for years.

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  • Reply
    Phylis Slone
    December 6, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    What sort of stainer do you use? I tried a fine mesh strainer and that stuff would not go through. I threw in some pomegranate seeds, so I really want to get those out. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      September 26, 2021 at 6:26 am

      You can use a mesh strainer and really push the fruit through with the back of a large spoon.

  • Reply
    Sandra Donaghy
    December 3, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Can this be canned using a water bath?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      September 26, 2021 at 6:31 am

      Yes, but be sure to follow safe canning practices.

  • Reply
    November 30, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Can you tell me the weight of your 5-6 apples? Can’t wait to try this but don’t know how much my apples should weigh!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2020 at 10:44 am

      Hey Sue ~ 6 apples is approximately 2 lbs or so.

  • Reply
    September 12, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Sue,
    I don’t have a cloth strainer. Can this step be skipped?

    • Reply
      September 13, 2020 at 5:47 am

      You can put it through a regular mesh strainer too Tammy, or skip it.

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