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Easy Apple Chutney Recipe

Sweet, savory, tart, and spicy, this apple chutney combines a gamut of flavors in every delicious spoonful! It a tasty, refined sugar free accompaniment to a cheese board as well as roast meats.

easy apple chutney in a glass container with apples in the background.

Whenever I used to have a hankering for chutney, I would not think twice about stopping by a grocery store I was passing by, to grab some.

But, in recent years, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of refined sugar filled products I consume. So, I’ve been making chutneys from scratch.

Making chutney from scratch has given me the opportunity to replace white or brown sugar (that is very often the key ingredient in chutney recipes) with honey or maple syrup.

As a result, I like to think that the resulting chutney is a bit on the healthy-ish side. And, I can tailor the taste of the chutney so it pleases all tastebuds.

ingredients to make this apple chutney on a cutting board

What are the ingredients needed to make this apple chutney?

This apple chutney recipe is an easy one. Start off by gathering your ingredients such as:

  1. apples
  2. red wine vinegar
  3. honey (or maple syrup)
  4. yellow onion
  5. garlic
  6. ginger
  7. lemon
  8. chili flakes
  9. coriander, and
  10. salt & pepper

Vinegar is an integral component of this chutney because its acidity very effectively puts a kibosh on the actions of unwanted micro-organisms. If you want to cut down on the taste of vinegar, add in a pinch (and no more than a pinch/1/8 tsp) of baking soda.

The honey or maple syrup balances off the vinegar and also plays a part as a preservative.

I love using onions + ginger + garlic in my chutneys as they add such a lovely variety and depth of flavor. And the coriander simply rounds off all the flavors. All of the ingredients in this apple chutney, no matter how small a quantity, play an important art in making this chutney so tasty!

sauteing onions to make apple chutney

How to make this easy apple chutney?

After you gather all the ingredients, then peel and chop the apples, onion, garlic, and ginger. Place all the ingredients – except for the chili flakes, salt, and pepper, in a heavy-bottomed pan. Set the pan over low heat and let all the ingredients jive and jam around for about 15 minutes. During this time, the mixture needs to be stirred often.

When the apple chutney is done cooking, It’s just a matter of removing the pan from the heat, adding in the chili flakes, and seasoning it with salt and pepper to taste.

As I had big chunks of apple in the pan, I used a fork and mashed it down so this chutney wasn’t too chunky. This chutney can be enjoyed immediately or placed in an air tight container to enjoy later.

Mashing the pieces of apple to make apple chutney - in the pan.

We love this apple chutney as it is:
✔ so tasty
✔ so easy
✔ refined sugar free
✔ so versatile

What to eat with this chutney?

Much like this mango chutney, this apple chutney is delicious as a dip to everything from air fried salmon balls to chicken fingers. It pairs beautifully with roast meats like pork or chicken. And it is an absolute delight with crackers and cheese.

My daughter and I recently threw together a cheese board for her birthday, and this apple chutney did not lost long – paired with brie, crackers, and roasted veggies.

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easy apple chutney in a glass container with apples in the background.

Easy Apple Chutney Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Sweet, savory, tart, and spicy, this apple chutney combines a gamut of flavors in every delicious spoonful! It a tasty, refined sugar free accompaniment to a cheese board as well as sauce for roast meats.


  • 2 apples (I used 1 granny smith & 1 pink lady)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 a medium yellow onion or 1 small yellow onion
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger (approx 2 tsp)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon - zest & juice
  • 1/8 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes (please use 1 teaspoon if you are not a fan of heat)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel and chop the onion, ginger and garlic.
  2. Also peel and chop the apples
  3. Add the apples, red wine vinegar, honey, onion, ginger, and garlic in a heavy bottomed pan and place pan over low heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. While cooking, make sure to stir often.
  4. Using a micro-plane grater, zest the lemon, being careful to not get any of the white part. And add the zest into the pan with the apples, etc.
  5. Cut the zested lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the pan.
  6. As the mixture cooks, the apples and onion should turn a golden brown like the honey.
  7. When the mixture has been simmering for 15 minutes and it is starting to thicken, remove it from the heat.
  8. Add in the chili flakes and season with salt and pepper to fit your taste.
  9. Enjoy immediately after it has cooled a bit or store in an airtight container and enjoy later.


The pink lady apple I used was very sweet, so I used chili flakes to balance this. However, if you are not a fan of food that is chili-hot, please omit the chili flakes or use 1 teaspoon or so.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 70Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 46mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 2gSugar 14gProtein 1g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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