Vegan Pumpkin and Apple Butter Recipes

If you haven't already tried making apple butter or pumpkin butter I suggest you hop into your kitchen and get a batch going right away. They're easy, inexpensive, healthy, and delicious treats to make during the cold months. My favorite part of these spreads (besides eating them, of course) are the aromas they fill the house with while simmering on the stove top.

Apple Butter
It's basically a sweet luscious thickened version of apple sauce.

4 large apples, cored and diced (keep skin on)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup water or apple juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add all ingredients but the vanilla to a pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer on low/medium heat for 45 minutes, until the apples are really soft and the liquid is gone.
Puree the mixture with the vanilla in a blender until smooth.
Note: proceed with caution if blending while the apples are still hot. Otherwise cool first.
Chill the butter and store in the fridge for up to 10 days in the fridge.

Pumpkin Butter
This was the result of having lots of freshly baked pumpkin that needed using. If you don't have fresh, use canned pumpkin puree.

3 cups packed pumpkin puree
1/3-1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Add all ingredients to a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour, or until the liquid is gone and the mixture has thickened.
Use as is, or transfer to a blender and puree until extra smooth once the mixture is cooled.

Or try the Apple Squash Butter I made last year. It was really yummy too and worked great as both a spread and pudding.

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12 Comments
  1. November 13, 2011 at 20:08
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    Sounds yummy, and a great way to extend season's bounty. I especially enjoy imagining the smells wafting around...

  2. November 13, 2011 at 20:19
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    A great way to use up those apples from apple picking this year!<br /><br />Brooke<br />www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

  3. November 13, 2011 at 20:31
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    yum! never made apple butter, but we love making pumpkin butter where we just blend pumpkin, coconut butter with stevia ;) <br /><br />xoxo

  4. November 13, 2011 at 20:36
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    So I was on someone else's blog and yours was in their feed... I had to click when I saw the word pumpkin.. and I'm glad I did. It seems simple enough that I could actually make it.<br /><3!

  5. November 13, 2011 at 20:55
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    Simple Yumminess, I made the squash apple butter last year, I loved it and so did the rest of my family, these look good too.

  6. November 13, 2011 at 22:18
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    I love apple butter, so much. When my boys were little, we would go to my good friend's orchard and pick something like 6 -10 brown paper sacks full of apples and then come home and get super messy, peeling, coring and cooking them to make apple butter for Christmas presents every year. We would get like 60 pint size jars! Then, we would pick out fabric and cut out circles with pretty sewing scissors to make fun edges and tie with beautiful ribbon! Gosh those were good times...now my boys are teenagers and they just like to EAT the apple butter! :-) Lovely recipes, Heathy. I want to make the pumpkin butter one...have all the ingredients already!

  7. November 14, 2011 at 00:33
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    Yummy! Vie never made either, but I love both! Pumpkin is soooo good!

  8. November 14, 2011 at 03:36
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    Glad to see that everyone is going to make some apple butter!

  9. November 14, 2011 at 18:17
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    I really, really want to try your pumpkin butter recipe! I think it would be so yummy on a biscuit on a frosty fall morning. <br />I'm going to have to buy more pureed pumpkin!<br /><br />Thanks!

  10. November 14, 2011 at 21:11
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    Im not a pumpkin fan, but this actually looks really good.

  11. November 16, 2011 at 15:18
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    this looks so perfectly smooth and creamy. i guess my blender just doesnt listen to what i tell him. haha

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