Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce

easy step-by-step directions for a delicious Instant Pot applesauce

Who doesn't love surprises? Early summer my Mom was surprised when she found an apple tree on her property. She assumed it was a crab apple tree, but as fall drew nearer the apples became larger and larger. It has been almost 1 year since my mom + Jim moved here from North Carolina, but this beautiful tree never showed its color last year (not a single apple was even seen on the ground). 


So when my mom asked what to do with all the apples we quickly agreed to spend the afternoon making applesauce with the kids. I thought this would be the perfect time to try out my InstantPot instead of my crockpot to save time. If you don't have an Instant Pot yet, you should definitely put it on your Christmas wishlist. It is hands down the #1 kitchen appliance I use. It makes the best the soup in 7 minutes! But I'm not sharing that today. I'm sharing how you can make applesauce in it in about 15-20mins versus 2.5hrs in the crockpot. Can I get an "amen" for that?


I will say there is a bit of prep work when it comes making applesauces, but if you have an apple peeler it goes WAY faster.  You need to peel, core, slice about 3lbs. of apples or as many as you have. My mom doesn't have an apple peeler, so we spent a good 20 minutes just doing this part! Honestly, we did not weigh the apples, we just cut + filled my instant pot to the top.


I sprayed the insert + set my Instant Pot to sauté mode, so it can warm up while dicing the apples. I tossed the them in as I cut. Definitely try to remove as much roughage as possible so you don't have to use a food mill.

So I filled it to the top and added 1/4 cup water to the pressure cooker which it used to steam the apples. You can also use a "no-sugar added" juice to sweeten it. Then, add 1 Tbsp raw honey, 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon), and 2 cinnamon sticks or a couple teaspoons of ground cinnamon (I sometimes like to use apple pie spice because it has a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice). YUM!

Once, you add all the ingredients seal the lid and make sure the steam nozzle is closed. Then, press manual and set the time to 10 minutes. It will take about 5 minutes to get it pressurized, longer if you didn't turn it to sauté before hand. While that is going either work on your next batch of apples or clean up the mess you just made. haha.


Now, that the 10 minutes is up switch the nozzle open to let the pressure out. The sweet aroma of apples + cinnamon will begin to fill the room. For me it brings me right back to making applesauce with my amazing Grandma, who taught me much of what I know in the kitchen. Anyone else have a Grandma like that? Ok. Back to the applesauce. Now this part is entirely up to you and your texture preference of apple sauce. You can use a potato masher at this point for a chunky consistency or a large food processor for a smooth consistency. You can still get chunky with a food processor just pulse it a couple times. Pour into to a bowl to cool. Either place into jars + store in fridge for up to two weeks or freeze. 


Here are a few of my favorite U-Pick family friendly apple orchards in the Grand Rapids area: Klackles, Schwallier's, Robinnette's, and Siersema's.

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Instant Pot Applesauce
Enjoy fall's best fruits with this delicious and easy pressure cooker applesauce.
  • 3 pounds apples
  • 1/4 cup water or no-sugar added juice
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
1. Turn pressure cooker to sauté mode.2. Wash and dry apples.3. Peel, core, and cut apples. 4. Add apples and all other ingredients to pressure cooker.5. Sauté and stir for about 5 minutes.6. Now place the pressure cooker cover on and move pressure valve to closed.7. Cancel sauté mode and set it to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.8. Once it's done removed cinnamon sticks and with a slotted spoon place apples in a food processor.9. Pulse until desired texture or you can place in a bowl and use a potato masher.10. Place in jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 cups
Easy step by step Instant Pot Applesauce

Easy step by step Instant Pot Applesauce