Homemade applesauce with no added sugar that you can make in under an hour that tastes better than storebought. Sounds too good to be true – but it’s not! Our applesauce Instant Pot recipe is a no peel recipe that needs just 2 ingredients, your Instant Pot, and a way to blend it all up when it’s done.
Instant Pot Applesauce
We were lucky to have friends drop off a box of homegrown apples on our doorstep recently as a surprise. Being that apple anything is always a family favorite in our home, I was excited to be able to make batches and batches of Instant Pot applesauce to freeze for later! We experimented with the recipe to be able to cook as many apples as possible in a pressure cooker, but you, of course, can cut the recipe in half if you’re trying to make enough for the week.
With just 2 ingredients, our applesauce Instant Pot recipe is perfect for gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and Whole30 eaters alike!
Tasty as either breakfast or a snack, served as a side or made into a guilt-free dessert, Instant Pot applesauce is the perfect homemade dish for all occasions.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Made using unpeeled apples, our homemade applesauce is as simple as can be!
- This applesauce Instant Pot recipe is as easy as chop and core, pressure cook, and blend.
- The whole recipe needs just 2 ingredients!
- Serve as-is or flavor up to your liking.
Are you looking for more fall-inspired Instant Pot dishes for your home? Look no further! We love the flavors of fall and can have your home filled with the smells and tastes of the season with our pressure cooker scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot, butternut squash soup, and pressure cooker spaghetti squash.
Making this applesauce Instant Pot recipe is super easy and needs just 2 ingredients! Choose your favorites and let’s get pressure cooking!
- apples – cored and chopped, any variety other than red delicious will work
- apple juice or apple cider
To make cinnamon applesauce, simply add 1tsp (or more if you prefer) after cooking.
If you prefer chunky applesauce, we recommend you peel the apples before pressure cooking then skip blending.
A Pressure Cooker – This is the 6qt Instant Pot model that we used.
Step by Step Instructions
As you can see above, your applesauce Instant Pot recipe is super easy – and it’s super quick too!
We are going to start by washing and drying the apples, cutting out the cores, and removing any blemishes or bruises, especially if you are using homegrown apples.
Next, cut the apples into large chunks, about 1 1/2 to 2″ each. An easy way to do this is to cut a large apple into 8 pieces and a medium-sized apple into 4 pieces.
***NOTE: Peeling the apples isn’t necessary since the sauce gets pureed at the end. To make chunky applesauce, you WILL need to cut off the peel, then after cooking the apples will already be chunky and no puree is needed.
Pour 1 cup of apple juice or apple cider into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
Add the cubed apple pieces.
Place the lid on your Instant Pot and be sure the valve it set to pressure cook.
Pressure cook on Manual High for 10 minutes. (The pot will take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure.)
Do a natural release for 15 minutes before removing the lid.
Mash or puree the apples to the desired consistency using a potato masher, immersion blender, food processor, or high powdered blender. (Skip this step if you peeled the apples and just give the applesauce a good stir for a chunky sauce.)
Serve warm or cold, and enjoy!
- For even cooking, be sure your apple pieces are as uniform as possible.
- If your Instant Pot still has some pressure after a 15-minute natural release you can finish releasing pressure with a quick release.
- With no added sugar, you won’t have to worry about a burn notice!
- You can easily half this recipe (for a smaller batch) or double it (but you will need a larger Instant Pot. This recipe will fill your 6qt).
How to serve applesauce?
This apple sauce instant pot recipe can be used for breakfast (add granola, almonds, or dried berries for a real treat!), as a snack, with yogurt, in a parfait, or alongside with a pork roast or chops! It’s one recipe that is super versatile and healthy, and loved by most!
How long does applesauce keep?
Stored in a covered container, your homemade applesauce will last one week… unless, of course, everyone eats it before that.
Can you freeze applesauce?
Yes! Applesauce can be frozen for up to 3 months.
More Pressure Cooker Recipes
Looking for more Instant Pot recipes?
- Instant Pot mashed potatoes
- Pressure cooker scalloped potatoes
- Pressure cooker spaghetti squash
- Instant Pot spinach artichoke dip
- 6 lb of apples, cored and chopped (about 12-14 large apples)
- 1 cup apple juice or apple cider
- Wash and dry the apples, cut out the core, cut off any blemishes if you're using home grown apples, and cut the apples into large 1 1/2-2" chunks. An easy way to do this is cut a large apple into 8 pieces and a medium sized apple into 4 pieces.
- NOTE: Peeling the apple isn't necessary since the sauce gets pureed at the end. To make chunky apple sauce, you WILL need to cut off the peel and then after cooking, the apples will already be chunky and no puree is needed.
- Pour 1 cup of apple juice or apple cider into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Add the cubed apple pieces. Pressure cook on Manual High for 10 minutes. The pot will take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure. Do a natural release for 15 minutes before removing the lid.
- Mash or puree the apples to the desired consistency using a potato masher, immersion blender, food processor, or high powdered blender. (skip this step if you peeled the apples and just give the applesauce a good stir for a chunky sauce.)
Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!
Makes 7-8 cups (almost 2 quarts)
To make cinnamon applesauce, add 1 tsp at a time after cooking until you reach the desired level of cinnamon you want to add, making sure to combine well after each teaspoon gets added.
Any type of apple (except Red Delicious) should work in this recipe! Using a variety of apples works perfectly fine too.
It's easy to cut the recipe in half by using 3 lbs of apples instead of 6, likewise, if you have an 8 qt pressure cooker and could cook up to 8 lbs of apples at a time.
This recipe is the maximum a 6 qt pressure cooker can hold.
Since you're pureeing the sauce because of the peel, this does not make a chunky apple sauce. To make it chunky, peel the apples beforehand and then there's no need to puree the sauce.
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 4gSugar 21gProtein 0g