Instant Pot Apple Butter
Fun fact: apple butter contains no butter!!! Basically, it's just like making apple sauce, but then you purée it until really smooth and cook it down until it's thick and spreadable.
In Michigan, heading to the cider mill and going apple picking is on everyone's fall to-do list. And when you come home with bushels and bushels of apples, this is definitely something you should make. The best part? The apples do not require peeling! And I looooove me some apple desserts, but I do not love peeling apples LOL!
Here are just a few ideas of what to put this on: spread it on toast for breakfast; add a small bowl to a cheese board; use on top of ice cream or yogurt, and be sure to search here on Foodtalk Daily for my recipe for Apple Butter Baked Brie. Omg it's sooooo good!
I am already planning to make a second batch of this delicious and multi-purpose apple butter in just a couple weeks!
Did you know apple butter doesn't actually contain any butter???
So many uses for this apple butter, including on top of vanilla yogurt with homemade granola and apple dippers for a healthy fall breakfast!
Add sweetener based on the apples you use!
Instant Pot Apple Butter
- 3 pounds apples (I used 3 large Honey Crisp and 3 small Granny Smith)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- Pinch ground cloves
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 c apple cider
- 1/4 c sweetener of choice (I used 2 T maple syrup and 2 T brown sugar)
- No need to peel the apples! Just remove cores and chop into cubes.
- Place apples into Instant Pot with all other ingredients. Hold back on the sweetener if you like. Once the apples are puréed later and you can taste the mixture, you can add more sweetener if desired.
- Set Instant Pot to Pressure Cook - High - for 20 minutes. When time is up, quick release the steam.
- Using a stick blender, blend the apples until smooth right in the Instant Pot, or transfer to a blender. Be careful! This is like hot molten apple lava!
- Cook puréed mixture on Sauté function about another 30 min, alternating between low and high settings depending on your Instant Pot, making sure the mixture does not burn.
- Taste and add additional sweetener if desired. Cook for as long as you like, depending on how thick and spreadable you want the butter to be. Mixture will also thicken more upon cooling.
- Once cool, place mixture into 2 glass jars and store in fridge for about a week.
- No Instant Pot? No problem! Make this same recipe on the stove top. It will just take a little longer for the apples to simmer down and become completely soft and mushy before you can purée them.
- Know the sweetness of your apples! Start by adding only about 2 T of sweetener to the pot, and then add more once you can taste the finished product. Try a combo of maple syrup, honey, agave, stevia, brown sugar or white sugar.
- Click the orange GO button below for a video on how to make this apple butter!