Fall is the best time for Instant Pot applesauce! Make the most of your apple haul with this sweet-tart, cinnamon-spiced snack or dessert made in the pressure cooker.
Fill your kitchen with the smell of apples simmering in cinnamon! With this recipe for homemade applesauce, you can walk away from your pot and let the pressure cooker do the work.
At my house, I love to make a big batch of Instant Pot applesauce. I keep it on hand for a healthy afterschool snack or a low-sugar dessert. It’s especially wonderful fresh out of the pressure cooker, but you can serve it hot or cold.
Update: Apple season is here again, so we’ve updated our applesauce Instant Pot post with new photos and info, including the best apples for applesauce. Enjoy!
How to Make Applesauce in an Instant Pot
This recipe is easy to customize!
We usually take the skins off because my kids don’t like them in the sauce. However, feel free to leave all or some of the skins on. An apple peeler is a great tool to make short work of a pile of apples.
After pressure cooking, you can blend the sauce your desired smoothness.
- For a very smooth consistency, use an immersion blender right in the pot for the easiest clean-up. A standing blender or a food mill will also work.
- If you like a chunkier texture, like in the pictures, use a potato masher on some or all of the apples.
Best Apples for Instant Pot Applesauce
The key to balanced applesauce is using both sweet and tart apples, to ensure it’s not overly sweet or sour.
My favorite apples to cook with are Golden Delicious (sweet) and Granny Smith (tart). However, there are dozens of delicious apple varieties you can find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.
🍎 Sweet apples include
- Golden Delicious
- Envy (my kids call these Jealous apples)
🍏 More tart apples include
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
⚠️ Note: If possible, avoid Red Delicious—they’re not the best for making applesauce.
Flavoring Homemade Applesauce
Once you have that true apple flavor, this Instant Pot applesauce is a blank template!
Add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, berries, or a mix of different fruits. You can also add more sugar or take some out depending on your tastes.
You can also add other types of fruits! Try our Instant Pot Pear Applesauce recipe or our Strawberry Applesauce in our Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook.
For serving, add crunch with chopped walnuts or a drizzle of cream.
Can I Double The Recipe?
As written, this recipe makes 4 cups of applesauce. You can double or 1.5x it if you like, though you may need a larger pressure cooker.
You will also need to use a longer natural pressure release since apples can foam while cooking.
❗️ Safety Note: If any liquid comes out of the steam release valve, immediately close the valve and let the pot sit for 30 seconds, then try again. Do this as often as needed until the pressure is released. This is called an intermittent pressure release, and it prevents overflows.
More Apple Recipes
’Tis the season for sweet and savory apple recipes. Here are some of my family’s favorite ways to cook with apples:
- Pressure Cooker Cranberry Applesauce is sweet, tart, and the perfect Thanksgiving condiment.
- Pressure Cooker Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats is the ideal way to start a fall morning: a bowl of creamy and filling cinnamon-spiced oats.
- Perfect Apple Crisp from Barbara Bakes, because no list of apple recipes would be complete without this sweet, cinnamon- and oat-topped baked apple dessert.
- Apple-Zucchini Salad from Two Sleevers is a perfect savory recipe to bridge from late summer and early fall produce.
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- 5 large sweet apples*, peeled, cored, and quartered or sliced
- 5 large tart apples*, peeled, cored, and quartered or sliced
- 1/4 cup apple juice or water
- 1/4 cup sugar, optional**
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Place the apples, apple juice, sugar, and cinnamon in the pressure cooking pot, and stir to combine. Select High Pressure and a 4 minute cook time. (It will take around 10 minutes to come up to pressure.)
- After the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then use a quick release to. Carefully remove the lid. (For less chunky applesauce, you can allow all of the pressure to release naturally).
- Stir the apples with a spoon or a potato masher, breaking up large chunks, until you've achieved your desired consistency. For a smoother consistency, you can also blend the apples with an immersion blender in the pot or use a food mill.
*Substitute any sweet, soft apples you like, such as Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Fuji. Many apples are sweet enough without adding any extra sugar.
**More tart apples include Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Rome.
If you use more apples, you'll need to use a longer natural pressure release. If any liquid comes out of the steam release valve, immediately close the valve and do an intermittent pressure release.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 7gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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