Make your next batch of applesauce in your Instant Pot for an added touch of delicious flavor! This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. It is a great way to use up apples, it is the perfect snack for kids and it never lasts long in my house.
POST UPDATE:Original recipe posted: August 2019 | Recipe updated: September 2020
Applesauce is one of those timeless foods that never ages. It is loved by adults and kids alike and we literally never get tired of it. Every single time I make a batch of homemade applesauce, it gets devoured lightning-fast. My boys deem this particular recipe the BEST EVER. It is so much better than store bought and it could not be easier to make.
Let your Instant Pot make this apple sauce for you in literally just a handful of minutes! Homemade applesauce is the perfect way to use up extra apples you have on hand, especially if you’ve recently visited an apple orchard in the fall! Use any variety of apples you have on hand!
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW TO MAKE IP APPLESAUCE YOURSELF!
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE
Place the following ingredients in an Instant Pot:
10-12 medium apples, peeled and cored
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Stir and place the cover on the pot. Close the lid and set timer to 3 minutes on high pressure (use the pressure cook setting). It will take the Instant Pot around 20 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking time is done, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes then do a quick release. Remove the cover and let cool. Depending on the consistency you desire, mash with a potato masher or use an immersion blender for a smoother consistency.
Pour into sealed containers and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
If you prefer a slow cooker version, check out this delicious Crockpot Applesauce!
When chopping and peeling the apples, fill a large bowl about half with cool water and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into it. The lemon juice will keep your apples from getting brown while you get them prepped for the recipe. Use an apple corer/peeler if you have one because they will make this process go super fast. If you don’t have one, use a potato peeler and a knife to get the job done. You’ll need to peel, core and chop the apples. Place them into the water-lemon juice mixture as you work.
For a sweeter sauce, throw in some added sugar (up to 1 cup total).
Serve chilled and sprinkled with extra cinnamon over the top.
We enjoy a chunkier applesauce in our house, so I give the mixture a good mash using a potato masher when it’s done cooking. If you prefer a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender until it has reached the desired consistency.
I have fallen IN LOVE with my dear apple peeler and corer. If a lot of apples go through your kitchen, you absolutely must consider buying one. It’s the most magical tool in my kitchen!
WHAT TYPES OF APPLES ARE GOOD FOR APPLESAUCE?
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
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BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Click over to see a massive (and growing) database of my favorite Instant Pot recipes!
WHY DOES IT TAKE MY INSTANT POT SO LONG TO HEAT UP?
The time leading up to actual cook time may seem long and even confusing (“What is going ON in there?!”), but it’s an important part of the process! The Instant Pot is working on building up the appropriate amount of pressure that it will be cooking the food at. It handles liquids and solids differently and also fresh and frozen differently, so the time can vary. Most recipes take between 10 and 25 minutes to build up pressure.
Instant Pot Applesauce
- Pressure Cooker
- 10-12 medium apples peeled and cored
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in an Instant Pot. Stir and place the cover on the pot. Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 3 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 20 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
- When cooking is done, let release naturally for 5 minutes then do a quick release. Remove cover and let cool. Depending on the consistency you desire, mash with a potato masher or use an immersion blender for a smoother consistency.
- Pour into sealed containers. They can be stored in the fridge until ready to serve.