A good after-school snack idea is to spread apple butter on a toasted English muffin or a slice of sweet bread such as walnut loaf. Apple butter is a low-sugar alternative to other fruit jams and can be used as a jam substitute in most applications.
Apple butter makes a flavorful topping for toast, crackers or rice cakes. It can be combined with cheese, nut butter or used by itself. The condiment is also used successfully as a flavoring ingredient in baked goods such as sweet breads, muffins and cookies. It is possible to make apple butter at home by slow-cooking peeled apples with spices and sugar until they reach a smooth, even consistency that is slightly thicker than applesauce.