So, true story: For years my mom kept offering me apple butter. She’d ask me if I wanted some when I went over, or if I wanted her to pick me up some from Trader Joe’s. I would always quickly say no. You see, I didn’t know what it was, and thought it was actual butter mixed with apples. Gross. I didn’t want that on toast, why on earth was she so excited?!?! And then came the inevitable light bulb moment where I discovered what fruit butters are, and my life has never been the same. Because fruit butters – and especially apple butters – are amaaaazzzzinnnggg. And, easy to make (yay!).
Now apple butter on its own is very, very good – but I can never just leave well enough alone. I always have to mix in new flavors – throw in a dash of this and a swirl of that – and make some new delicious combination. Coco Chanel may have known that less is more with clothes, but I know that in food: more is more. And creamy almond butter is the perfect more.
Now, I have obviously been spreading this all over my baked goods, especially my pumpkin apple spice muffins. But, this morning I was out of muffins, only had a drop of almond milk, and was very cold. I was about to make some toast when I had another lightbulb moment: Oatmeal with apple butter. With just a splash of milk and few spoonfuls of apple butter it was done: the apple butter just liquifies into the oatmeal, and the almond butter makes it super creamy. I did not have to add a single other thing, and it was delicious.
It was so good, in fact, that even though I’m baking muffins today (I’m on a total muffin kick, I know) I’m already kind of excited about this oatmeal for tomorrow too! Sigh. I may love food too much.
- 6 sweet cored and chopped Apples
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
- 2 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 cup Almond Butter
- In a large saute pan mix all ingredients and heat on medium high heat, occasionally stirring as liquid reduces and apples soften.
- After about 30 minutes when apples are mushy and liquid is almost gone, carefully transfer contents to a blender, or mix using an immersion blender, until very smooth.
- Pour 1/4 of apple butter into a boiled and cooled mason jar and drop in 2 table spoons of Almond Butter. Repeat until all apple butter has been transferred to jar, and then using a long knife, swirl almond butter and apple butter together.