Pressure Cooker | September 5, 2018

Instant Pot Applesauce

The BEST tasting applesauce you’ll ever have is also the easiest applesauce you’ll ever make. Want to know how and why? It’s all because of the Instant pot. Make this instant pot applesauce and you’ll never go back!!

applesauce with candied apples on top

How does the Instant Pot make a difference?

Pressure cookers cook by building up an intense amount of pressure using heat and steam. When you cook food like this is traps all the flavor inside the food creating intense flavors along with moist and tender food. Which is why the instant pot has become so popular, but also why pressure cooking has been around for decades. The instant pot just simplifies it, by adding timers and alarms.

smooth applesauce in bowl with spoon

How to make instant pot applesauce.

The steps are quite simple, but I’m also going to give you some tips to make it really the best applesauce you’ve ever had.

bowl of honey crisp apples


Clearly apples are the ultimate ingredient for the recipe. You need to have crisp, ultra sweet apples. You can, of course, use your very favorite apples or even a combination of your favorite apples. I like to use honeycrisp and maybe some fuji. Gala are also a great choice too. If you are unsure what apples are the sweetest to your palate buy a variety and have a taste testing session with your kids. Everyone will love it.

peeled and cored apples with kitchenmaid spiralizer


I have found the easiest and fastest way to do this is to use my KitchenAid Spiralizer. In a just a few minutes I had the whole batch of large apples peeled and cored. If you don’t have a gadget that can do this, do it by hand with a peeler and slice down around the core.

apple being peeled and cored with kitchenaid spirializer


Place them all in, with 1 cup of water (you always need 1 cup of liquid) and cook high pressure for 10 minutes. Seriously THAT EASY.

peeled and cored apples in instant pot with 1 cup of water

When they are done, they will be soft and fall apart easily.

cooked, sliced apples in instant pot


Pulse the apples in your blender to your desired texture. If you like it a little chunky then only pulse a few times.

three steps of applesauce in blender

Do I need sugar?

NO! this applesauce is so sweet and the flavor so intense you don’t need any sweetener at all! If for some reason your apples weren’t as tasty as you expected and you feel you want your applesauce to be sweeter, add 1-3 TBS of sugar when you are pulsing in the blender.

If you want a delicious cookie with no sugar also- make these APPLESAUCE COOKIES! and use this homemade instant pot applesauce in it!

applesauce with sautéed apples on top

want Cinnamon Applesauce? You can also add that at the blending step too!

How to store homemade applesauce?

Keep the applesauce in an airtight container in your refridgerator for up to 2 weeks.

two bowls of smooth applesauce in bowl with sautéed apples

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5 from 1 vote
smooth applesauce in bowl with spoon
Instant pot applesauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

​The very best and easiest instant applesauce recipe! Packed with flavor you'll never buy or make applesauce any other way.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce, homemade applesauce, instant pot applesauce
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 173 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 12 large honey crisp apples see notes
  • 1 cup water
  1. Peel and core all apples. Cut into into chunks. 

    Add to instant pot with 1 cup water.

    Cook high pressure 10 minutes. Natural release.

  2. Add apples to blender and pulse until it reaches your desired consistency. For a smoother applesauce pulse several times. Apples will be very soft, you wont need to blend. 

  3. If desired add cinnamon or sugar at blending stage to mix well. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You can use your favorite sweet, crisp apples. I prefer honeycrisp and fuji apples. 

If your apples are out of season or the applesauce is not as sweet as you desire add 1-3 tbs of sugar or honey to sweeten. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant pot applesauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 34g38%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 15.4mg19%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these with fresh fall apples and LOVED it! so full of flavor and so easy. I love making it homemade and keeping all the perservatives out.