This Instant Pot Applesauce is the perfect way to use up apples if you bought too many – plus it’ll make your home smell amazing!
How to make Applesauce in the Instant Pot
Dice up the apples into cubes and set aside.
Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot in the order in which they are listed in the recipe card. Pressure cook for 5 minutes.
Mash the cooked apples roughly with a potato masher.
Serve and enjoy your applesauce! Store in mason jars in the fridge for a few days.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Apples – any apple will work but the best variety are sweeter ones such as golden delicious, Macintosh or honey crisp.
- Lemon juice – use fresh or bottled lemon juice. The acidity helps to limit oxidization so a great substitute would be apple cider vinegar or apple juice.
- Cinnamon – nutmeg, allspice or ginger and cloves can be used to replace cinnamon while still adding flavour to your applesauce.
How long does it take to cook applesauce?
On average, it can take anywhere from 15-20 minutes to make homemade applesauce on the stove. This is to allow for the apples to soften enough to create a sauce consistency. With an Instant Pot, it only takes about 5 minutes of pressure cooking to make a delicious applesauce! It’s important to note that the Instant Pot does take about 5-10 minutes to warm up to the temperature needed to pressure cook, but even then, it still takes less time to make it in your Instant Pot!
What type of apple should I use?
You’re able to use any type of apple for applesauce, which is perfect if you have any specific apple preferences. The best apples to use for apple sauce are golden delicious, gala and McIntosh apples. Golden delicious apples are a softer apple, which makes them the easiest apple to break down into a sauce. Both gala and McIntosh apples have a crisp texture but a sweeter taste that will make a delicious tasting applesauce.
Storing the applesauce
To store your applesauce, transfer it into meal prep containers or mason jars – I recommend mason jars. Once the applesauce has cooled down, take the mason jar and store them in the fridge for up to 10 days. The applesauce is great to have on hand in mason jars to make for an easy snack, addition to breakfast or as a healthy substitute in baking. If you’re looking to store them for longer, you are also able to can them!
Can you freeze applesauce?
To make your applesauce last even longer, freeze it! Let your applesauce cool down to room temperature and transfer your applesauce into a mason jar, freezer-safe container or freezer bag. Once the applesauce is in the freezer it will last for up to 12 months! Note: if you’re expecting to freeze your applesauce leave out the cinnamon until after as the flavour of the spices will disappear once frozen. To defrost, let the applesauce thaw at room temperature and add in your cinnamon or nutmeg. Stir in your spices and enjoy!
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Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls to store the leftovers
- Use this tool to easily blend your apples right in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Applesauce
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup water
- 6 apples, cored, peeled and diced any type will work, though I prefer a sweeter variety such as golden delicious or honeycrisp
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot in the order in which they are listed.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal. Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 5 minutes. Instant Pot will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook for 5 minutes.
- Let the Instant Pot do a natural pressure release. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily. Mash apples roughly with a potato masher, then you are ready to serve and enjoy!