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Instant Pot Applesauce

Sauces, Southern Dips & Dressings
This instant pot applesauce recipe is a great way to use up your in season apples. It's great for canning, for baby food, and for you!
instant pot applesauce on table with instant pot

This instant pot applesauce recipe is a great way to use up your in season apples. It’s great for canning, for baby food, and for you!


Applesauce is a favorite when it comes to small children and those of us with a love for delicious apple flavor. When I was little my mom would give me applesauce made from fresh apples cooked in the microwave or on the stove.

She used different kinds of apples for variety and diverse tastes. I was a big fan!! My children also love applesauce, sweetened naturally or even unsweetened.

They eat it with meals, for snacks, and in their school lunches. With the instant pot, you get an old classic with a new twist….INSTANTLY...or almost. 

instant pot applesauce in a white bowl on table

Instant Pot Applesauce

For this recipe we used Honey Crisp and Granny Smith apples. Honey Crisp apples maintain their sweet flavor even when cooked, making them a good choice for applesauce.

While Granny Smith apples are more tart, they are good all-round cooking apples, and their flavor is enhanced when combined with the sweeter Honey Crisp apples. 

What Type Of Apples Will Work?

While we used Honey Crisp and Granny Smith for our unique apple combination, other varieties are just as flavorful. Some cooks prefer softer picks like Golden Delicious and Fuji. McIntosh also has a tender meat that easily breaks down when cooked, making them all excellent selections for an applesauce. 

Can You Can Or Preserve This?

This particular recipe will store for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Homemade applesauce can also be frozen or canned for longer-term storage.

Then you can bring out the fresh taste of apples year round. If you preserve them in a jar, be sure and use a sealant like paraffin wax to keep the sauce fresh. 

You can also use this yummy applesauce in our healthy apple pie overnight oats.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Applesauce

  • 2 to 3 pounds of apples, mixed sweet and tart varieties (Used: Honeycrisp and Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of water

apples cut up for instant pot applesauce

Directions For Instant Pot Applesauce

  1. Wash apples. Remove core and cut the remaining apple into quarters (four pieces.)
  2. Place apples in the electric pressure cooker pot with water. Use more water for a thinner applesauce or less for a chunky sauce. As the apples cook, they will release more moisture allowing the electric pressure cooker to reach pressure.
  3. Seal the electric pressure cooker with the lid and turn the vent valve to sealing. Program the electric pressure cooker to cook on “manual” or “pressure cook” for 8 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes before quick release.
  4. Remove the lid and using a spider strainer, scoop the peels from the applesauce, tapping the strainer against the inside of the pot to allow any applesauce to return to the pot.
  5. Store applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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instant pot applesauce on table with instant pot

Instant Pot Applesauce

This instant pot applesauce recipe is a great way to use up your in season apples. It's great for canning, for baby food, and for you!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Rachel Norman

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds mixed sweet and tart varieties (Used- Honey Crisp and Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Wash apples. Remove core and cut the remaining apple into quarters (four pieces.)
  • Place apples in the electric pressure cooker pot with water. Use more water for a thinner applesauce or less for a chunky sauce. As the apples cook, they will release more moisture
    allowing the electric pressure cooker to reach pressure.
  • Seal the electric pressure cooker with the lid and turn the vent valve to sealing. Program the electric pressure cooker to cook on “manual” or “pressure cook” for 8 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes before quick release.
  • Remove the lid and using a spider strainer, scoop the peels from the applesauce, tapping the strainer against the inside of the pot to allow any applesauce to return to the pot.
  • Store applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Variations: For cinnamon applesauce, stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon after the applesauce has cooked. For a sweeter applesauce, use sweeter varieties of apples or stir in 1 tablespoon honey after the applesauce has cooked.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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