Homemade fruit butters have never been easier. Whether you eat them spread on toast or muffins, or use them as a smart, fat-free substitute for butter in baking, these recipes will make it easy to have your favorites on hand for whatever uses you choose: apple butter, prune butter, pear butter, and banana butter.
- 3 lbs ripe apples, peeled and cored
- 2 cups unsweetened apple cider
- ½ cup sugar or Splenda
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp apple pie spice (optional)
Slice apples and place in large saucepan with apple cider. Cover and heat gently, stirring occasionally, to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until apples are soft. Drain, reserving cider, and transfer to food processor. Add sugar or Splenda, vinegar, and apple pie spice (if desired- recommended for spread but not necessary if apple butter is intended for use in baking only), and process until smooth, adding back cider as needed for a smooth, spreadable consistency. Store refrigerated in an airtight jar or container.
- 10 ripe pears, peeled and cored
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
- 1 ½ cups sugar or Splenda
- 1 tsp fresh grated orange zest (optional)
- 1 tsp apple pie spice (optional)
Cut pears into quarters and place in large saucepan with water. Cover and place over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, or until pears are soft. Drain water and press pears through a food mill or puree in food processor, then return to saucepan with orange juice, sugar or Splenda, zest and apple pie spice (if desired- recommended for spread but not necessary for baking uses). Simmer 15 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens. Skim off foam, and store refrigerated in an airtight jar or container.
- 4 cup dried prunes, pitted
- 1 cup water
Place pitted prunes in food processor and pulse to chop coarsely before pureeing, adding water gradually until the mixture reaches a smooth (but not runny) consistency, and is spreadable. Note: Depending on how moist your prunes are, more or less water may be required. Store refrigerated in an airtight jar or container.
- 5 ripe bananas, peeled
- 3 ½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ cup sugar or Splenda
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Break bananas into pieces and place in food processor. Process with lemon juice until smooth. Transfer puree to large saucepan over medium heat, stirring in sugar or Splenda and pumpkin pie spice (if desired-- recommended if to be eaten as a spread, but not necessary for baking uses). Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Store refrigerated in an airtight jar or container.
amber on September 19, 2010:
Anyone know how to make pumpkin pear butter. I can find pumpkin butter, and I can find pear butter, but I want both of them in one. I've googled it and checked several websites but came up with nothing. Anyone have Grandma's old recipe file or an old church cookbook with pumpkin pear butter in it?
dlgjmg30 from Lytle Creek, CA on September 19, 2010:
Thanks for these recipes. I have been looking for no sugar pear butter recipes. I should have checked HubPages first.
The other fruit recipes sound good too and I can't wait to try them.
Melissa on July 19, 2009:
I want to try something new with my fruits. How do you use fruit butters? Do you use it just like jam?
Charlotte Anne from Iowa, USA on May 11, 2009:
I will have to bookmark this one.
MKS on January 07, 2009:
why don't you try stevia
Kel Lee Grammer on December 25, 2008:
I was wondering if you had an alternate sweetner for Splenda because Splenda causes my seizures and I'm diabetic so I cannot use real sugar either.
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 28, 2007:
I'm allergic to Splenda, but I use Sugar Twin and like that very much. These are tasty recipes!
I did make pumkin butter once and it tasted very good.
Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on December 27, 2007:
I love apple butter - usually make it in the slow cooker. I've never heard of banana butter though, interesting. Pumpkin butter is also good, but I've never had the homemade kind (just the kind from Trader Joe's).
Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on December 27, 2007:
Brilliant, they look really good. thanks for sharing these.
Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on December 26, 2007:
Banana Butter???? Never heard about it. I'm going to try it. Sounds just great.
Thanks for a great new recipe
Shrihari Sawant from Goa (India) on December 26, 2007:
GOOD RECEIPEE FEEL LIKE EATING IT RIGHT NOW