I am forever converted to Instant Pot Applesauce! IP Applesauce is thick and creamy and so much easier and quicker to make than other methods that I have tried. The best reason to try IP Applesauce is that you do not have to peel the apples. You can leave all the peels on! This saves me so much time!!
My recipe has no added sweeteners and is just simple ingredients that we all have in our pantry. Maybe you’ve been to an orchard recently and picked apples with your family or maybe, like me, you have a couple apple trees in your yard. Either way, this is the perfect way to use a lot of apples, even if they’re getting old, bruised, and a little mushy.
Instant Pot Applesauce
This recipe is for an 8-quart Instant Pot. If you have a 6-quart Instant Pot, adjust the recipe to about 75%. If your Instant Pot will not come to pressure, add another 1/4 cup of water and try again. Homemade applesauce is a healthy snack or dessert served by itself. You can also drizzle a little heavy cream or milk on top of hot applesauce. For a sweeter treat, top it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- 5-6 pounds of apples, cored
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/4 teaspoon pink salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Put all the ingredients, except for the vanilla extract, into the Instant Pot inner pot.
- Place the lid on the pot and make sure the steam release handle is switched to “sealing”.
- Cook on manual/high pressure for 5 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, do NOT move the steam release handle – just allow the steam to naturally release. Once the float valve drops, take off the lid.
- Purée the apples – you can make the applesauce as chunky or as smooth you are prefer. Stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
- Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.