Roasted Maple Coconut Apple Butter

by Marla on October 1, 2012 · 56 comments

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This apple butter is like nothing you have ever tasted. It is rich, creamy, vegan and absolutely irresistible. What makes it so different? I roasted all of the ingredients before I puréed them. What you have here my friends is a dip that doubles as a applesauce and creamy, guilt free spread.

Enjoy it throughout the day with crackers, toast or crusty baguette. Or by the spoonful.

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I slather it on pancakes and french toast. Also crusty whole grain bread like this…

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Looking for a fun way to eat veggies? Dip carrots in your apple butter…

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Dip apple in Maple Coconut Apple Butter.

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Try a whole bunch of things and let me know what you dipped. Or what you spread this on. Or if you just ate it by the spoonful.

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Roasted, oven baked apples….not only do they smell amazing but they bring out the richest flavor possible. I love roasting all kinds of fruits and vegetables.

The caramelization the heat creates is like nothing else.

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For this recipe you must roast first. I pinky promise it is well worth your time.

Don’t forget a steamy cup of coffee ~ it makes everything better at breakfast time doesn’t it?

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Do you ever make apple butter? Any unique twists or flavors to your recipe?

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Roasted Maple Coconut Apple Butter

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 cups (30 ounces) of Apple Butter

Serving Size: 1/2 cup (4 ounces)

Roasted Maple Coconut Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 6 large Apples, 1/4 inch slices (Honey Crisp and Pink Lady are my favorites)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup (I prefer richer, darker Grade B)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

Method

  • Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees with the rack in the middle. Prepare 2 sheet pans with parchment or Silpat liners. Put the sliced apples in a heat safe bowl. Combine maple syrup, coconut oil, salt and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir quickly to combine and remove from the heat promptly. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the apples and toss with tongs. Divide apples onto the two baking sheets in a single layer.
  • Bake about 20-25 minutes tossing once with tongs. Apples should be soft, fragrant and slightly browned when done. Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes. Carefully transfer to a blender and purée until creamy and smooth. Thin out with water if needed.
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1 kelly @ kellybakes October 1, 2012 at 6:44 am

Thanks for the link-back! I love your site–the colors in your photos are gorgeous! I’ve only started to attempt vegan baking/cooking, so I’ll have to add this to my repertoire :)

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2 Janae @ Bring-Joy October 1, 2012 at 7:50 am

Never made apple butter, but I love to eat it! I also like pumpkin butter. Your recipe looks extra delish with the addition of coconut.

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3 Marla October 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

Thanks Janae! I hope you get to try this homemade apple butter really soon :)

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4 Rosa October 1, 2012 at 8:19 am

A delicious spread! Very flavorful.

Cheers and happy Monday,

Rosa

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5 Nancy @ CouponClippingCook October 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thank you so much for the mention and link-back. You have an absolutely beautiful site.

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6 HeatherChristo October 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

I love all of these amazing condiments (like the pumpkin whipped cream!) that you are coming up with- so delicious!

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7 Jeanette October 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

Wow Marla – this looks so light and fluffy – I think I could spread this on just about anything ;)

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8 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Can’t wait to hear how you use this Jeanette!

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9 Lucy October 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love the idea of this complex flavorful apple butter – but what made me chuckle was reading your post as if it was a 50 shades recipe:
“Try a whole bunch of things and let me know what you dipped. Or what you spread this on…” Has family Fresh gone X rated?!!!
LL

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10 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

sounds so good Marla! Hope you had a great weekend

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11 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Thanks Alison! The weekend was swell, but wow did it fly by!

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12 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

apples, coconut oil, maple, all ‘butter-ized’ and so creamy looking – you outdid yourself! I could eat this by the container-full!

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13 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Thanks Averie, this is certainly a recipe I could see you diving into :)

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14 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes October 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

I LOVE this recipe. For some reason I have a hard time getting my hands on Pink Ladies here in Arizona, but I’m going to get this butter done with Honey Crisps and I can’t wait – just lovely!!

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15 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Meagan, I am sure you can’t go wrong with any apple variety. Since readers sometimes ask I figured I would mention my favorites!

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16 Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

Just when apple butter couldn’t get any better….the maple and coconut sound AMAZING! :) I love it!

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17 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Ali, the maple ~ coconut & the roasting certainly sets this apart! Hopefully you can try it soon :)

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18 TidyMom October 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

looks delicious Marla! I made pumpkin butter last year, but I’ve never made Apple Butter.

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19 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Cheryl, I love pumpkin butter & I remember when you posted it. I say a spoonful of each on a piece of toast would be heavenly!

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20 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

Pretty sure I would be eating it by the spoonful! This sounds fantastic!

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21 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Jessica, it’s tough not to ;)

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22 Brooke @ Food Woolf October 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’m so hungry right now I could eat a bowl of that beautiful stuff!

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23 Marla October 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

Brooke, I just made another batch. Come on over!

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24 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

What a great idea! This is so unique and your photos are lovely :)

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25 Marla October 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks so much Katrina!

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26 Kristina Vanni October 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Yum! This looks like the perfect compliment to up the ante on a variety of snacks!

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27 Katie Carter October 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

This recipe sounds divine! Do you know if it’s canning-friendly? As in, would it stand up to a ten minute boiling water bath?

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28 Anna October 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Okay, so the apples are roasting in the oven as I type this. Can’t wait for the finished butter! I just need to find a BIG spoon :)

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29 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet October 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Okay, the apples are roasting in the oven as I type this. Can’t wait for the butter to be done. Now I just need to find a big spoon!

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30 Maria October 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I want to spread this on everything!

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31 kelley {mountain mama cooks} October 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I’m so imagining this slathered on a piece of dark, toasted seedy bread to accompany my coffee on a cold morning!! Love it!!!

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32 Jackie @ Domestic Fits October 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I love this so much! I was just talking to someone about how much I love when a recipe is so beautifully, “accidentally” vegan. No substitutions or excuses just a celebration of produce. This is totally one of those recipes. Pinning immediately!

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33 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Oh my goodness, this apple butter looks divine. Pinned!

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34 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I love all these flavors. Looks so good!

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35 Sandra October 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

just made this butter for the first time …it is amazing..my whole house smelt delicious..roasting the apples absolutely makes all the difference. going to use these for thanksgiving gifts.once roasted the apples as is make a very delicious desert as is added to Greek yogurt or coconut whipped cream added to it. I used Honey Crisp mainly with a few Fuiji apples. key to remember is to use ONLY organic apples as skin is used so you dont get shellaced skin (google what shellac is made from and you will never not use organic apples) . thanks Marla :)

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36 Carlas Confections October 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

I have never made apple butter before, but I keep seeing all these amazing looking recipes and now I cant wait to try it :)

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37 Brittany October 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Thanks for mentioning my Apple Butter Bran Muffins! And I love all these other ideas. The more apple butter, the better!

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38 Ashley@BakerbyNature October 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I’ve been dying to make apple butter and keep putting it off: must make this ASAP! You are so inspiring, Marla!

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39 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I want to slather this delicious butter on everything!!

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40 Sanjeeta kk October 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

Just loving the sound of making butter with apples and coconut! What creamy texture and lovely color..will change the way I eat my breakfast sandwiches.

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41 Marla October 3, 2012 at 4:28 am

Snajeeta, this would go so well in all kinds of breakfast sandwiches. Enjoy!

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42 Nomadic Samuel October 3, 2012 at 3:10 am

If I had some of this in my fridge it would be gone within days/hours :)

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43 Marla October 3, 2012 at 4:29 am

That is exactly why you need to make a double batch ~ so you can rest assured you have enough for two days ;)

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44 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 3, 2012 at 6:20 am

Holy heaven, Marla! That looks sensational. I love the idea of dipping veggies in it as well. :)

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45 Monet October 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

What a inspired butter! I love coconut oil…and so I’m sure this would be a hit. Especially with a loaf of freshly baked bread. Thank you for sharing good food and inspiring words. Much needed on this somewhat cooler October morning. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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46 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I’ve never tried to make my own apple butter but that may change soon–just picked a ton of apples from our trees and I have more than I need for pie. :) Love the sound of your recipe. :)

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47 Rosie @ Sweetapolita October 5, 2012 at 4:05 am

I just love apple butter, Marla! I’ve never made my own, but where I grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, we were lucky enough to have a very present Mennonite community, and they made and sold the yummiest apple butter. To be honest, it’s never dawned on me to make it myself, so I look forward to giving your recipe a try! Truly beautiful images too, Marla. xo

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48 Meeta October 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

Oh Marla I am loving the flavors in this butter! I recently made cashew butter and literally want to dive into the jar and live it it! This looks like another one of those kind of recipes!

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49 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

By the spoonful, definitely by the spoonful!

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50 Esi October 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

This sounds so good, and you can use it in so many things.

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51 Deliciously Organic October 17, 2012 at 8:26 am

I love this! I’ve never made apple butter with coconut oil. Love the idea!

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52 adam November 24, 2012 at 2:17 am

Just came across this site few nights ago, and this looks AMAZING. I’ve been wanting a healthy fruit spread for some time now and this would definitely do the trick and be so simple for someone like me who is basically a beginner in the kitchen. Dying to try this out. Question though, do you core and seed the apples before you roast them or do you use the entire apple in this? You didn’t specify, I’m inclined to think you use it all but wanted to check.

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53 Marla November 24, 2012 at 4:07 am

Great question Adam! Actually I sliced the apples into 1/4″ pieces (tossed the core & seeds) prior to baking. Enjoy!

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54 jen January 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I just made this today, and its absolutely phenomenal. SO wish I would have doubled the recipe, as it was gone before I knew it. Rich, creamy flavor-it was awesome on toasted Ezekiel bread! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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55 Marla January 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi Jen! I am so glad you were able to try this. It is certainly one of our favorite spreads and I agree a double batch is necessary.

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56 Brian @ A Thought For Food October 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

We always have a few jars of apple butter in the cabinet… totally going to have to make a batch of this.

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