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Instant Pot® homemade apple sauce recipe

Instant Pot® homemade apple sauce recipe

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Make homemade apple sauce in your Instant Pot® with just a few basic ingredients. Great addition to porridge or add a dollop to plain yogurt for a light dessert.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1.25kg apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:18min ›Extra time:10min resting › Ready in:38min

  1. Combine apples, water, maple syrup, cinnamon stick and nutmeg in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as the Instant Pot®). Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  2. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove lid. Remove cinnamon stick and season with salt. Blend with an immersion blender to the desired consistency.

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How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

Pour apple cider and lemon juice into a 6-quart Instant Pot. Add apples as you peel and slice, tossing in the mixture. Fit pot with the lid and set steam release to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook or High Pressure and set for 8 minutes.

(Note: The Instant Pot will take a while to warm up, so the total time is closer to 20 minutes.)

Once finished, cover your hand with an oven mitt and switch the steam release to Venting or Quick Release. If the applesauce sputters out, return to Sealing and try again after several minutes. When the pressure has released, remove the lid.

Add vanilla bean paste and puree with an immersion blender. When cool, store in jars in the refrigerator for about 10&ndash14 days. The applesauce can be frozen for up to 2 months. Tip: Measure out 1-2 cup portions into freezer baggies. Lie flat to freeze.

Instant Pots may vary. Consult your manual for specific instructions on operation.

Are you ready for the best applesauce you&rsquove ever eaten? Then you are ready for Instant Pot applesauce. The beauty of using an Instant Pot is that once you prep the apples, the pot does the work for you. All you do is enjoy the scent of apples wafting through your home.

I eat those little cups of applesauce fairly regularly, but this homemade applesauce has spoiled me forever. It&rsquos so delicious that I&rsquove been having it&mdashare you ready for this&mdashfor dessert! There&rsquos no sugar in here, guys, other than a miniscule amount from the vanilla bean paste.

First, you&rsquoll need an Instant Pot. This recipe is for a 6-quart pot. Can I tell you how happy I am that Ree makes pretty ones? Thanks, Ree! (Find them at Walmart.)

Guys, be careful with Instant Pots! Please don&rsquot miss the multiple warnings about not moving the steam valve without protecting your hand! I might know this from experience.

Let&rsquos talk apples. I like to make unsweetened applesauce, so having a mix of sweet and tart apples is important. Any apples other than Red Delicious are fine. Here&rsquos my favorite combination:

The other ingredients are simple: apple cider, lemon juice, and vanilla bean paste. Apple cider is a funny thing as it means different things to different people. What we&rsquore looking for is an unfiltered apple juice&mdashit should look opaque in the container but doesn&rsquot have cinnamon or other flavorings. My grocery store has a good one in the refrigerated juice section. It&rsquos not labeled as cider, but it&rsquos opaque and perfect for this recipe.

We&rsquove talked all about vanilla bean paste before. You can substitute vanilla extract, but I like seeing those little flecks of vanilla.

Peel, core, and slice the apples. Toss sliced apples with apple cider and lemon juice.

You can do all this in the Instant Pot insert&mdashjust add the apple cider and lemon juice to the Instant Pot, then toss in the apples as you slice them.

Set your Instant Pot to cook and let it go.

Once it&rsquos finished and it is safe to open the lid, the applesauce will look like this. Chunky and a little watery. Add the vanilla bean paste and use an immersion blender to bring it all together. I like a smooth applesauce, but you can keep it a little chunky as well. It&rsquoll thicken up a bit as it cools.

The applesauce will keep in the refrigerator for about 10&ndash14 days, and it can be frozen for up to 2 months. Here&rsquos a tip: Measure out 1-2 cup portions into freezer baggies. Lie flat to freeze.

If you&rsquove never made homemade applesauce, you&rsquore in for such a treat!

Instant Pot Applesauce – Easy Homemade Pressure Cooker Applesauce Recipe

Need to use up some apples? Make this Instant Pot applesauce! Delicious homemade applesauce takes just 5 minutes to make in the Instant Pot, and you don&rsquot even need to peel the apples!

Once you taste this homemade applesauce, you&rsquoll never ever want to eat store-bought! Homemade applesauce tastes so fresh and full of apple flavor, it&rsquos simply epic! Store-bought applesauce is like a watered-down joke compared to homemade!

Instant Pot is the best tool for making applesauce. All you need to do is put sliced apples and 1/4 cup of water in the Instant Pot, pressure cook them for 5 minutes, then blend with a blender to make your applesauce smooth. Doesn&rsquot get easier than that!

If you like cinnamon applesauce, feel free to add cinnamon! I love cinnamon in my applesauce! If you are not a fan of cinnamon, just don&rsquot add it &ndash the recipe and cooking method stays exactly the same :)

Lazy cooks rejoice! You don&rsquot even need to peel apples for the applesauce! Of course you can peel them if you&rsquod like, but it&rsquos just unnecessary work in my opinion :) As you can see on the above picture, I just put sliced unpeeled apples into the Instant Pot and they turned into a smooth delicious applesauce &ndash you can&rsquot taste the peels thanks to a good blender!

You can use the immersion blender right in the pot of the Instant Pot!

When you first open the Instant Pot after cooking the apples for 5 minutes, they will look like this (peels and all, the brown stuff is cinnamon):

Then put in the blender stick and blend until smooth:

Another great thing about this homemade Instant Pot applesauce is that it&rsquos sugar-free! Most apples are naturally sweet enough and you really don&rsquot need to add extra sugar into your apple sauce! The only types of apple that would benefit from extra sweetener are those sour Granny Smith apples :)

When you make the apple sauce, you can taste it and if you think it needs extra sweetness, you can just stir it some honey afterwards! There is a 99% chance you&rsquoll decide it&rsquos already sweet enough!

If you like this easy Instant Pot applesauce recipe, you will also love these delicious recipes:

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins With Applesauce &ndash use some of this freshly made applesauce to make these amazing healthy muffins! This muffin recipe uses 1 cup of applesauce, and the muffins are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, low in fat, low in calories and so delicious! Perfect for a healthy breakfast and snack!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks &ndash the easiest Instant Pot main dish recipe ever, made with a package of frozen chicken legs, cook them in the Instant Pot to perfection directly from frozen!

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts &ndash got a package of frozen chicken breasts in your freezer? Dinner is ready! This tutorial shows you how to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot and gives you tons of ideas what to make with that cooked chicken!

Best Ever Apple Pie Recipe &ndash got more apples that you need to use? Make this epic apple pie! This homemade apple pie will be the best you&rsquove ever tasted!

Cinnamon Apple Bread &ndash another awesome one-bowl recipe to make with apples! This sweet bread is full of cinnamon and apple flavor and is extremely easy to make &ndash just dump the ingredients in one bowl and bake!

Cook's Notes:

I used a mixture of apples - 50% Red Delicious, 25% Pink Lady, and 25% Granny Smith. If you are using organic apples, leave the peel on.

This method can be expedited by using the low Saute setting for about 20 minutes instead of the slow cooker method. However, this requires constant attention as it can burn easily. The consistency of the slow-cooked method is a bit more runny than a stovetop version, but the taste reflects the simmering of the flavors that help caramelize the sugars. I used 2 hours total Slow Cook time.

Homemade Instant Pot Applesauce

Applesauce is one of those foods that remind me of my mom.

Every time I taste cinnamon applesauce, my mind is flooded with memories of her standing over a large pot, stirring, as a tangy-sweet aroma wafted through the kitchen.

She always put a generous spoonful of cinnamon in the pot. And on special occasions, she would add red-hot candies to make it spicy and pink!

Every fall, as I stop at our local orchards, I think of mom and her applesauce. What a comforting association.

If one day my kids remember me in happy moments, nostalgic flavors, and cozy aromas, I will know I did my job well.

Today’s Homemade Instant Pot Applesauce recipe is a nod to mom. She kept applesauce simple, with only a few key add-ins such as sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. (Oh, and sometimes butter!)

After all, when apples are good there’s no need for a long list of ingredients.


  • Firm Tart Apples – any variety
  • Water
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt

Nowadays, modern pressure cookers, like the Instant Pot , eliminate the need for standing over our applesauce while it cooks. Back in the day, one would need to stir incessantly as the apples softened, so they wouldn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

However, an Instant Pot makes it possible to throw in peeled apples, sugar, and spice. Then pressure cook for 3-4 minutes for perfect apple sauce. Isn’t that just crazy?!

Here I’ve made a simple dairy-free vegan version, so anyone can enjoy it, no matter their diet.

How Long Does It Take To Make Applesauce In A Pressure Cooker?

Does it really only take 3-4 minutes to cook the apples down to applesauce in an Instant Pot?

Just remember, it will take the pressure cooker about 10 minutes to heat up before the cooking time starts. Yet once the timer begins, you’ll have amazing applesauce in less than 5 minutes. (Plus, the pressure release time.)

How Long Does Applesauce Made In A Pressure Cooker Last?

Keep the applesauce in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Can You Freeze Homemade Applesauce?

Absolutely! Homemade Applesauce freezes beautifully. I package it in gallon bags and lay it flat in the freezer. Once the bags are all frozen, you can stack them to save room in the freezer.

Why Did My Applesauce Turn Brown?

Just like apples turn brown when cut, and air is exposed to the enzymes, the same thing goes for applesauce. A simple way that this can be fixed is adding a little bit of lemon juice to increase the acidity and preserve the color.

The applesauce will also vary in color based on how much cinnamon you decide to add.

Recipe Summary

  • 2 ½ pounds apples - peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt

Combine apples, water, maple syrup, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove lid. Remove cinnamon stick and season with salt. Blend with an immersion blender to the desired consistency.

Do I need to peel apples to make cinnamon apples?

Short answer? No, you don&rsquot need to peel your apples when you make these Instant Pot cinnamon apples.

When I make my simple cinnamon apples, I keep them simple. That means that just like when I make applesauce or apple crisp or other recipes, I leave the skins on.

Wellllll first of all, it&rsquos faster and easier to not peel the apples. The other reasons are more practical and less lazy. Skins on give the dish more nutrition, and they help the apples hold their shape after baking.

And no, the skins don&rsquot affect the flavor of the final dish. They soften as they bake, so why take the time and effort to peel?


Almost all of the dietary fiber in apples is found in the skin since you will be blending the apples once cooked, the skin will make little difference in the end result and will produce a more nutritious applesauce. This also saves time!

Tips for Success:

  • Do not skip or reduce the water quantity in the recipe above. Pressure cookers require a minimum amount of liquid in order for them to come to pressure.
  • I highly recommend using organic apples, particularly if you are choosing to leave the apples unpeeled as recommended for this recipe. Apples are considered one of the Dirty Dozen. Non-organic varieties have been shown to have high levels of pesticides.
  • I prefer to use a combination of apple varieties to produce a more nuanced applesauce flavor. Granny Smith apples contribute tartness, Fuji apples are balanced and high in moisture (lending themselves well to applesauce), and Golden Delicious contribute sweetness. If you don’t feel like buying a variety, this recipe will work just as well with five pounds of Fuji apples.

Breakfast Apple & Cranberry Steel Cut Oats

If you’re looking at less dessert and a little more breakfast, these decadent, warming oats are the answer. Making really good, creamy, and dense steel cut oats in the IP is easy breezy, and adding in your favorite toppings like chopped apple and cranberry makes for effortless infusion in this autumnal porridge bowl. Recipe from Kitchen Stewardship.

  1. Add all ingredients to inner pot and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes.
  2. Once timer goes off, carefully quick release pressure.
  3. Use the back of a wooden spoon, potato masher, or immersion blender to mash into a loose sauce.
  4. If there is too much liquid, turn on the sauté mode and stir frequently to encourage evaporation (cover with the lid if there’s splattering).
  5. Press cancel when desired consistency is reached.

We prefer applesauce that doesn’t need any sugar added. Honeycrisps (or other sweet varieties) work well for creating a naturally sweet sauce.

For a tart applesauce, you can choose Granny Smith apples instead.

We hope you LOVE this applesauce. It’s:

Naturally sweet
Super simple
Great for freezing
& SO delicious!

It’s incredible by the spoonful but would also pair well with coconut yogurt, vegan vanilla ice cream, coconut whipped cream, oats, waffles, pancakes (or vegan pancakes), and so much more! We think you could even use it as an alternative topping for our Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart.