Instant Pot Applesauce is incredibly easy to make using just 3 ingredients and no added sugar. Customize your flavour and level of sweetness by adding peach, strawberry or blueberry! Perfect as a healthy snack or dessert!
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: Instant Pot Applesauce, Pressure Cooker Applesauce
3lbsapple, unpeeled, cored and large slicesee notes 1 and 2
8-12ouncesadditional fruit (peach, strawberry, blueberry)optional
Place sliced apple in the Instant Pot. Pour in 1/2 cup water and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Add the additional fruit, if using.
Cook on Manual High pressure for 10 minutes. It will take 15-20 minutes to come to pressure. At the end of cooking time, allow a Natural Pressure Release. The pressure release will take about 20 minutes.
Open the lid and use an immersion blender to carefully blend the cooked fruit (use an oven mitt or silicon glove if you touch the hot insert while blending). Even better, let it cool a bit so it's safer to blend. You can also scoop the apple/fruit mixture into a high-speed blender for an even smoother texture.
Transfer to sealable storage containers and let it cool completely before chilling it in the refrigerator. You'll find the applesauce will thicken a bit once chilled. Eat within 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
To maintain a fairly thick texture, add 2 more apples if you're using fruit with high water content (like strawberry and blueberry).
I like to use Golden Delicious for the sweet flavour and lighter skin. The lighter skin results in a colour similar to what you find in stores. Dark skinned apples (like Gala) will result in a darker applesauce.
Yield is 4 cups for the plain applesauce and about 6 cups for the flavours with added fruit.
Nutrition estimated using a 1/2-cup serving of the plain applesauce.
This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot model.