Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce is sweet and tart, and ready in about 20 minutes. Easily customizable with your favorite apples and little to no sugar added, this is a homemade snack you can feel great about!

white dish of applesauce with spoon, apples, instant pot, cinnamon sticks

If you’re as excited as we are for apple season, try some of our other favorite apple recipes, like Apple SmoothiesClassic Apple Pie and Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

This is another instance where homemade totally beats out store-bought. Packaged applesauce has a ton of sugar and preservatives and it’s so watery. Homemade applesauce is just so much tastier and way better for you.

When I was a kid, my grandma always made us homemade applesauce. It would be a little chunky, and equally tart and sweet. I love making the stovetop version but once I made applesauce in the instant pot I knew there was no going back. It tastes just as good, if not better, and it’s ready in less than half the time!

Best Apples for Applesauce

Did you know that there are over 100 varieties of apples grown in the US? There are so many options, how do you know which apples are the best for your homemade applesauce?

It all depends on your taste. I like to use a mixture of tart and sweet like Honeycrisp and Granny Smith. The combo is sweet enough without being too sweet, so I don’t need to add the brown sugar. My grandma always used yellow delicious apples because they were sweet and a little softer, offering a smoother texture.

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Sweet Apples

  • Cortland
  • Crispin (Mutsu)
  • Fuji
  • Golden Delicious

Tart Apples

  • Jonagold
  • McIntosh
  • Breburn
  • Rome
  • Granny Smith

How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

  1. Wash your apples, then peel, core and roughly chop them. This can be done with a regular peeler, but if you’re planning on making homemade applesauce often, consider purchasing a nifty apple peeler tool. It peels potatoes, too!
  2. Add water, lemon juice brown sugar, cinnamon and apples to the Instant Pot, then cover and cook on manual (high pressure) for 8 minutes. A quick controlled release will take about 2-3 minutes while a natural release will take longer, so choose the method you’re comfortable with. Brown sugar is included in this recipe but really it’s an optional ingredient. You can wait and add it after the applesauce is cooked if it’s not sweet enough.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the apples to desired consistency. You could also use a blender if you prefer smooth to chunky.

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Storage and Freezing Instructions

Allow applesauce to cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for to 7-10 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

For canning: Make the applesauce in your instant pot, then follow these instructions for canning your applesauce. This is especially great if you have a lot of apples and want to make a few batches because it will last in your pantry for up to 2-3 years.

jar of homemade applesauce, white napkins with a red stripe, red apple, green apple

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Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce is sweet and tart, and ready in about 20 minutes. Easily customizable with your favorite apples and little to no sugar added.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 95kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds sweet or tart apples like Granny Smith, Rome, Honeycrisp, Jonagold
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or granulated sugar optional
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional

Instructions
 

  • Peel, core and roughly chop apples.
  • To the instant pot, add water, lemon juice and cinnamon. Stir to combine, add apples and stir again to coat completely.
  • Secure lid and cook on manual (high pressure) for 8 minutes. Do a controlled quick release or allow the pressure to naturally release.
  • Mash the apples with a potato masher or for a smoother texture, pulse in the blender. Use caution when placing hot ingredients in the blender.
  • Transfer applesauce to a serving bowl to cool completely. Taste and add sugar and more cinnamon or sugar as desired.
  • Enjoy warm or cold. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 7-10 days.

Notes

Choose the variety of apples based on your desired flavor (ie sweet or tart). Check out the guide in this post for our apple suggestions.
The sugar in this recipe is optional. Taste the cooked applesauce, then add sugar as desired.
Allow applesauce to cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for to 7-10 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
This recipe will make roughly 1 quart of applesauce, or about 4 cups. A serving is about half a cup.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 4gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword applesauce, homemade applesauce, instant pot applesauce

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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