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Instant Pot Applesauce

Making applesauce is a great way to use up apples that are getting too ripe. Instead of tossing them, you can quickly make a batch of Instant Pot applesauce. Making applesauce in the Instant Pot is incredibly quick and easy, and only takes a handful of ingredients.

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A spoonful of Instant Pot applesauce.
Instant Pot Applesauce.

How to make applesauce in an Instant Pot

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy way to make applesauce, you should try using an instant pot! All you need is a few apples, a little lemon juice and some water, and you can have delicious applesauce in minutes.

The instant pot is a great way to make applesauce quickly and easily. The cook time is just minutes, and you don’t need to stand and stir like you would if you were making it on the stovetop, so you can get on with something else.

This is a versatile recipe that can be made with or without sugar, and additional spices are optional so you can make the apple sauce for your family.

Scroll down for the recipe card for this Instant Pot apple sauce recipe, or read on for all the details.

Ingredients

Apples

The apples you choose for this recipe are the key to getting the right taste for your applesauce. The right type to pick will depend on what you are making your apple sauce for, and whether you want it sweet, or on the tarter side.

  • For sweet apple sauce choose: Fuji, Gala, Kiku, or Ambrosia apples.
  • For medium-sweet choose: Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Pink Lady
  • For tart apple sauce choose: Granny smiths, Braeburn, or Bramley apples

The tartness of the apples you choose can also be offset by adding a little sugar to the recipe. So don’t despair if you wanted sweet applesauce but only have tart apples!

Water

You need a minimum amount of water for the Instant Pot to get up to pressure, and to make the applesauce the right consistency.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice in this recipe has two purposes. It stops the apples from browning, so your applesauce stays a nice light yellowy-green color, and it also adds a tiny bit of a zing. You don’t need to add it, but you will find that your apple sauce is brown rather than the usual color (it will still be just as delicious though!)

Sugar (optional)

Some varieties of apples are very sweet and do not need extra sugar added, other varieties of apples are quite sour and really do benefit from the addition of a little sugar to offset the tartness (IMHO).

However, if you prefer a no-sugar applesauce then feel free to leave it out! You might want to choose your apple variety carefully though, to make sure you don’t choose one that will be too tart.

You add sugar to taste ponce the apples have finished cooking, so it can be adjusted to suit your personal preferences.

Spices (optional)

This applesauce can be made spiced or unspiced. I normally make spiced applesauce for the holidays, but unspiced during the rest of the year. Try adding 1-2 teaspoons of:

  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Crushed or finely grated ginger

Directions

  1. Peel and chop the apples into 1-inch chunks.
  2. Add the apples, lemon juice and water to the Instant Pot inner bowl. Add spices at this point, if desired.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to manual mode and pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Once the cooking time is up, use the quick release valve to release the pressure.
  5. Add the sugar to the apple sauce (carefully taste it first if you are not sure whether to add sugar or not), then stir it briskly using a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Mash the applesauce with a potato masher, or use an immersion blender to blend it to your desired consistency.

Storing leftovers

If you find yourself with leftover apple sauce, here’s a tip: freeze it in ice cubes. When you’re ready to use it, the ice cubes can be removed from the freezer and either allowed to defrost in the refrigerator or microwaved on high until they are a meltable texture.

Recipe Card

A spoonful of Instant Pot applesauce.
Yield: 3 cups

Instant Pot Applesauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Pressurizing Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

How to make applesauce in an Instant Pot.

Ingredients

  • 8 large apples, cored, peeled, and chopped [Note 1]
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • up tp ¼ cup white sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon spices (optional) [Note 2]

Instructions

  1. Core the apples, then peel, and chop them into 1-inch chunks.
  2. Add the apples, lemon juice, and water to the Instant Pot inner bowl. Add spices at this point, if desired.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to manual mode and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off, use the quick release valve to release the pressure.
  5. Optional step: Carefully taste the applesauce (it will be hot!) to determine if you want to add sugar. If so, add the sugar and stir briskly with a wooden spoon until it has dissolved.
  6. Mash the applesauce with a potato masher, or use an immersion blender to blend it to your desired consistency.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. For sweet apple sauce choose: Fuji, Gala, Kiku, or Ambrosia apples. For medium-sweet choose: Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Pink Lady. For tart apple sauce choose: Granny smiths, Braeburn, or Bramley apples.
  2. Try ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, or crushed ginger.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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