This easy instant pot applesauce recipe is going to be your new go-to anytime you find yourself with a bunch of juicy, sweet apples. It has only 3 ingredients and takes just minutes to make.
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This instant pot applesauce is so easy that you would be nuts not to make it. You don’t even need to peel the apples. And it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.
What are the ingredients of Instant Pot Applesauce?
This is the truly crazy part. The only thing you absolutely need to make this applesauce is…. apples. Seriously, that’s it.
This recipe does include a few other ingredients including sugar, cinnamon, and butter, but these are all optional.
You can absolutely make it with just a bunch of nice, sweet apples. Add the sugar if you like it a little sweet (add more or less sugar to suit your personal preference).
If you want a bit of spice, add the cinnamon (again, add more or less to your liking).
And if you want a bit of a richer mouthfeel and flavor, add that butter.
Add a splash of lemon juice if you want a little tart tang, or a pinch of salt if it needs it to balance the sweetness.
What do you serve with Instant Pot Applesauce?
This applesauce is delicious eaten on its own, or you can stir it into oatmeal or plain yogurt.
You can also use it in recipes for muffins, breads, or cakes. It adds flavor and keeps the crumb moist without needing a lot of fat.
I like to serve this easy Instant Pot applesauce with my famous potato latkes for Hanukkah.
What are the best apples to use for applesauce?
You can really use any apples you like for applesauce.
I like to use Fuji apples since I love them and often have them around. I even have a fuji apple tree in my backyard.
Other good applesauce apples are Gala, Ambrosia, McIntosh, or Honeycrisp. The best applesauce is made with a combination of apples so that you get a real depth of apple-y flavor. I like to toss in one or two Granny Smith apples for their tartness.
How long can you keep homemade applesauce?
Homemade applesauce with last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
You can freeze your applesauce in resaleable plastic bags (lay them flat on a baking sheet to freeze them.)
You can also can jars of your applesauce either in a water bath or pressure canner, just be sure to follow proper canning procedures.
How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce
Making applesauce in the Instant pot or pressure cooker could not be any easier. I don’t even peel my apples! I figure Here are the steps:
- Wash the apples. Cut them into wedges and core them.
- Toss the apple wedges into the Instant Pot.
- Add sugar, cinnamon, butter, and/or salt if using.
- Cover the pot and set it to the sealing position.
- Pressure cook for 4 minutes.
- Quick release the pressure.
- Remove the lid and use an immersion blender or potato masher to mash the apples. You can also transfer the cooked apples to a food processor or blender to mash them (be careful blending hot apples!) if you prefer.
- Eat and enjoy!
- 3 pounds apples (Fuji, McIntosh, Gala, etc.)
- ¼ cup sugar or honey (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- Core and roughly chop the apples.
- Add the apples to the Instant Pot along with the sugar or honey, cinnamon, and salt, if using.
- Put the lid on the pot and set the valve to the sealing position. Pressure cook for 4 minutes.
- Quick release the pressure.
- Mash the apples in the pot with a potato masher or immersion blender. Alternatively you can transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor to mash (be careful blending the hot mixture!).
- Serve immediately or let cool to room temperature and then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Amount Per Serving Calories 73 Total Fat 2g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 4mg Sodium 34mg Carbohydrates 16g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 13g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 0g