This Fermented Probiotic Apple Butter is easy and healthy! It's a great way to get your kids (and picky adults) to consume more probiotics! Spread it on a piece of toast, put it in oatmeal, eat it with a spoon––the options are endless! You may think fermenting the apple butter is unnecessary and complicated, but fermented apple butter is actually much healthier. The probiotic bacteria digest the sugars in the apple butter, making it slightly less sweet and with a yogurt-like tanginess. Plus, the fermented apple butter is packed full with gut-healing healthy probiotic bacteria that aid digestion and your overall health. Also, fermenting the apple butter is as easy as transferring it to a jar, adding 3 probiotic capsules, stir, and let sit on the counter for a couple of days. No extra work needed!
Fermented Probiotic Apple Butter [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 53 ounces apples
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon gingerbread spice mix
- 3 probiotic capsules
- Peel and core apples, then cut into slices.
- Place slices apples in a large pot and bring to a medium high heat until the apples start to cook. If the apples are a bit dry, add a splash of water to help them break down during cooking.
- Cook the apples covered with a lid, stirring occasionally, for about half an hour until they soften and are cooked through.
- Puree the cooked apples with an immersion blender until smooth.
- Add cinnamon and a gingerbread spice mix or other spices to your taste and stir them in to combine with the sauce.
- Return the apple sauce to the stove and cook on low for another hour or so, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens to your liking.
- Once the sauce is reduced and you get a thick butter like sauce, remove from stove and set aside to cool completely.
- Transfer the apple butter to a large clean jar and add the powder from 3 vegan probiotic capsules. Stir the probiotic powder into the sauce with a clean wooden spatula, then cover the jar with a clean kitchen towel and secure it with an elastic band.
- Let the apple butter rest on your kitchen counter away from direct sunlight for 2-3 days, depending on the room temperature (the warmer the room, the sooner it will ferment). Your fermented apple butter is ready when it has a slightly tangy taste and air pockets start to form.
- Once your probiotic vegan apple butter is fermented, close the jar with a lid and transfer it to the fridge where it will keep for a couple of days.
You can use any probiotic capsules that contain a lot of probiotic bacteria (in this case 1 capsule contains 1010 cultures and is vegan), but make sure they contain NO PREBIOTICS.