Easy Instant Pot Applesauce

2 Quarts
15 min

It's apple season and that means lots of apple goodies! Fresh, homemade apple sauce is a great way to use up extra apples, even those that are no longer as fresh as they once were. And this recipe takes just minutes in the Instant Pot and uses no refined sugar!

Making your own applesauce at home doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, with an Instant Pot, it takes just minutes, no peeling of apples required.

Begin by quartering fresh apples with a good, sharp knife and adding them to the bowl of the Instant Pot. A 6 qt. Instant Pot is what I used for this recipe, but you could use an 8 qt as well. Add the water to the IP.

Then add the coconut sugar and cinnamon if you're planning to make cinnamon applesauce. Stir everything to coat the apples with the cinnamon. Then seal up the Instant Pot, making sure it is in the sealed position, and set for 5 minutes at high pressure.

Once pressure is released, use immersion blender to pulse cooked apples into applesauce. Only blend until it's at the desired consistency; don't over mix if you like applesauce chunky! If your applesauce isn't as thick as you'd like it, you can always use the saute function to cook out more of the moisture.

Once cooled, store applesauce in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also can applesauce or freeze it until ready to eat!

Recipe details

  • 2  Quarts
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Ingredients


  • 8-10 apples (any variety you have on hand)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional: for cinnamon applesauce)

Instructions


Begin by quartering freshly washed apples and removing the core. You can do this by cutting apples into wedges and cutting out the core, or simple stand apple up and cut around the core.
Add apples, water, coconut sugar, and cinnamon (if using) to Instant Pot.
Seal up the Instant Pot. Press the manual button and set for 5 minutes. Once time runs out, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for at least 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the pressure. (If you leave the IP to natural release until it's done, that's totally fine, too.)
Once pressure is released, use immersion blender to pulse cooked apples into applesauce. Only blend until it's at the desired consistency; don't over mix if you like applesauce chunky!
Once cooled, store applesauce in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also can applesauce or freeze it until ready to eat!

Tips

  • Feel free to use pears in place of some of the apples for an apple-pear sauce.
  • If you like to preserve, this Instant Pot applesauce can be canned and sealed for easy pantry storage.

Courtney |The Kitchen Garten
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