Crabapple Jelly Recipe



I am in love with this lower-glycemic crabapple jelly.

Last week the boys, my brave friend Hannah, and I did some raiding or—rather—foraging at dusk of a loaded crabapple tree down by the kids’ school.

[Yes, you can eat crabapples]

We just had to do it. The fruit these trees put out is exceptional. They are palatable green-apple-tart (not all crabapples are so always sample the fruit) and were there for the taking—and for the making_of crabapple jelly.

Fresh piced crabapples. Fresh pressed crabapple juice.

I ended up doing it a little differently. For this jelly I used a reduced measure of coconut sugar. The result was a darker, tart, mildly sweet jelly that I can’t get enough of. It reminds me of the guava jelly my mom makes. So good!

Thank you dear Laurel V. for digging out your Pre-WWI worn and tattered copy of The Settlement Cook Book 1903 which inspired this jelly makin’ project. I ended up ordering the cookbook and found it quite entertaining and useful.


Crabapple Jelly Recipe

Crabapple Jelly Recipe


  • 1 1/4 pounds CRABAPPLES
  • 3/4 cup COCONUT SUGAR or other granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons PECTIN


  1. Using a juicer, juice enough crabapples (about 1-1/4 pound?) to yield 1-1/2 cups crabapple juice.
  2. Add juice to a medium pot. Gradually stir in pectin.
  3. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil over high heat.
  4. Stiring constantly, add coconut sugar, stirring to dissolve.
  5. Return to full rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat. Skim off foam if necessary.
  7. Transfer to glass jar and refrigerate.


Mind you, this is my way of doing it (I used pure juice, no addition of water). If you want to go with the experts, here's a fantastic Pectin Calculator for making jams and jellies.

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Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa August 24, 2012 - 11:53 am

This sounds delicious. I bet the crabapples are the perfect combination of tart and sweet. We're getting into apple season out here in Vermont and I can't wait to experiment making jams and jellies. Apple butter too! Will definitely be trying this recipe 🙂

Happy Friday xo!

Nancy August 24, 2012 - 1:44 pm

This is what I am looking for! Sounds healthy, I would love to buy a plenty of bread wow amazing. I cant wait to try this gluten-free Crabapple Jelly Recipe with eggs look so delicious. Thanks for this info!

Cindy August 24, 2012 - 6:10 pm

I have never had crabapples, I think that is odd. I better change that!! Would love to have you link this up! You can find this week's link up here:
Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy 🙂

Lexie August 27, 2012 - 12:54 am

Alyssa … oh I envy folks like you living where trees are loaded with fruit. I have fond memories of spending time in Chelan WA and OH, the apples. Just delish! xoLexie

Laurel August 27, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Brilliant. I love coconut sugar, you can use it and not worry about fixing the texture of things. Plus, I'm really, really hungry. Will you bring me some breakfast? It looks sooooo good.

Cindy August 29, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 YAY! Thanks for helping us build a wonderful Gluten Free Community! Its great to connect! See you next Friday! Cindy from

meghan August 29, 2012 - 8:20 pm

I am so happy that I found your blog! It is beautiful, and is just what I love to read. I blog about gfcf living too. Would love for you to come over on fridays for our gluten free friday linksys party:) I see that you do one on wednesday too! I'll try ot remember to link up with you on Wednesdays. Excited to read more:)

MaryAnn August 29, 2019 - 11:52 am

I’m diabetic and try to keep low carb/Keto foods. My mother in law made the best crabapple jelly (beautiful pink). Will this crabapple jelly with coconut sugar fit my diet?

Alexa January 4, 2022 - 10:42 am

Hi MaryAnn, I definitely think it is worth a try.


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