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Instant Pot Applesauce recipe

Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce is an easy seasonal fall recipe to make in under 20 minutes time. This applesauce recipe will leave your home smelling like it's simmered on the stove-top for hours!
Course Sauce, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Instant Pot Pressure Time: 5 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 101kcal
Author Katie


  • Instant Pot


  • 12 granny smith apples peeled, cored, and chopped
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup apple cider or water


  • Peel, core, and chop apples into bite-size pieces. Place in the Instant Pot. Then sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top of the apples. Pour the apple cider on top and stir the apples until all the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg are combined.
  • Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot, place valve in "sealing" position and select "steam" setting. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Once the applesauce is done, carefully force pressure from the Instant Pot until all the steam is removed. Open the lid and mix the apples. You'll notice it instantly looks like applesauce. Eat warm, or let cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • Peel - I prefer a peeled apple when I eat applesauce. You do not have to do this if you would not like to.
  • Added Sugar - You have a few options if you want instant pot applesauce with sugar. I like to use brown sugar, you can also use granulated white sugar, agave, or even maple syrup. Just remember when you
  • No Sugar - Worried about all the added sugar? No worries if you prefer an applesauce recipe no sugar, simply do not add the additional sugar or apple cider to the recipe.
  • Season - My applesauce recipe calls for both cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also use an apple pie splice blend. Or simply don't add any spice at all.
  • Instant Pot - Whenever you cook in the Instant Pot you need to take into consideration it will take time for the pot to come to pressure. Typically whatever the cook time is, double it. So for this recipe it takes 3 minutes to cook, so it will take 3-5 minutes to come to pressure, then 3 minutes to cook.
  • Chunky Applesauce - To achieve Instant Pot chunky applesauce, set the time for only 1 minute! This will ensure you will have a chunkier applesauce.
  • Gluten Free / Dairy Free / Vegan - This recipe is naturally gluten and dairy free and is eve vegan!
  • Freeze - This recipe makes a lot of applesauce. Let the applesauce completely cool and then divide among freezer bags. I like to use quart size freezer bags. I'll label and date and freeze laying flat for maximum space-saving storage. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Defrost - To defrost, you place the freezer bag in the refrigerator and it will naturally thaw over a 24-hour period. Or for a quick defrost you run the freezer bag under cool water until thawed. You can reheat in a microwave or in a pot on the stove. Or eat it cold. The option is totally up to you.
This recipe makes 4 cups of applesauce.


Serving: 0.25c | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg