Easy Fruit Butter Recipes -- Fat Free & Sugar Free

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.

Homemade apple butter
Homemade apple butter

Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

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.

Pear Butter

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

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.

Prune Butter

Ingredients

  • 4 cup dried prunes, pitted
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

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.

Banana Butter

Ingredients

  • 5 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 3 ½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cup sugar or Splenda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Instructions

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.

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Comments 11 comments

amber 6 years ago

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?


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dlgjmg30 6 years ago from Lytle Creek, CA

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 7 years ago

I want to try something new with my fruits. How do you use fruit butters? Do you use it just like jam?


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Charlotte Anne 7 years ago from Iowa, USA

I will have to bookmark this one.


MKS 7 years ago

why don't you try stevia


Kel Lee Grammer 7 years ago

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.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

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.


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

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).


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Brilliant, they look really good. thanks for sharing these.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Banana Butter???? Never heard about it. I'm going to try it. Sounds just great.

Thanks for a great new recipe

regards Zsuzsy


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siddhinfo 8 years ago from Goa (India)

GOOD RECEIPEE FEEL LIKE EATING IT RIGHT NOW

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