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Easy Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe

This easy instant pot applesauce recipe is going to be your new go-to any time you find yourself with a bunch of juicy, sweet apples. It has only 1 required ingredient (haha, apples!) and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Instant pot applesauce in a bowl with a jar of appleasauce and some fresh apples

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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 less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

fuji apples

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.

chopped Fuji apples

What do you serve with Instant Pot Applesauce?

It is delicious eaten on its own, but I like to serve this easy Instant Pot applesauce with my famous potato latkes for Hanukkah.

apples in the instant pot with sugar and cinnamon

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, McIntosh, or Honeycrisp. Or use a combo for even better flavor. Sometimes I’ll toss in one or two Granny Smith apples for their tartness.

overhead shot of apples in the instant pot with sugar and cinnamon

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.

low-angle vertical shot of homemade instant pot applesauce in a black bowl with a jar of applesauce and some apples in the background

How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

Making applesauce in the Instant pot or pressure cooker could not be any easier. Here’s how:

  • Toss cored, chopped apples into the Instant Pot along with sugar (or other sweetener), butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, and/or salt if using.
  • Pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  • Quick-release the pressure.
  • Mash it all up.
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Instant Pot Applesauce

Robin Donovan
This Instant Pot applesauce is super quick and easy to make. It's delicious on top of crispy potato latkes–or just eat it plain!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce Recipes
Cuisine American
Calories 73 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds apples like fuji or a mix of fuji and granny smith, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar honey, or maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter optional
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional

Instructions
 

  • In the Instant Pot, combine the apples with the sugar, lemon juice, butter, cinnamon, and salt, if using.
  • Pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  • Quick-release the pressure.
  • Mash the apples in the pot with a potato masher.
  • Serve immediately or let cool to room temperature and then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 16gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 34mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13g
Keyword applesauce, applesauce for latkes, homemade applesauce, instant pot applesauce
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By on December 2nd, 2019
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About Robin Donovan

Robin Donovan is the creative force behind All Ways Delicious. She's a writer, recipe developer, photographer, and cookbook author with more than 40 books to her name, including the bestselling Ramen for Beginners, Ramen Obsession, and Campfire Cuisine. Her work has been featured in major publications, both print and digital, including MSN, Cooking Light, Fitness, Buzzfeed, and Eating Well. More about Robin

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