Instant Pot applesauce is the quickest and easiest way to make it! Tangy, sweet, and soooo smooth. My kids are obsessed with this recipe!
Applesauce has been a staple in my house ever since my kids were born. It’s a great healthy snack option, and is so easy to make at home! We also love this Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe, but today, it’s all about getting it done quickly thanks to the Instant Pot.
The Instant Pot is truly the easiest way to cook your applesauce: no more standing over the stove stirring, no worrying that it might burn. Push the button and go on with your day.
You can also make a big batch of this Instant Pot applesauce…this recipe makes 8 cups in an 8 quart Instant Pot but you could probably scale it up even more.
And get ready for your house to smell like heaven…because apples + cinnamon + vanilla is a scent that pretty much everyone loves!
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Reasons to love Instant Pot applesauce
- it cooks quickly and you don’t have to stir or worry about it burning
- is packs a ton of delicious apple flavor- so much better than storebought!
- you can freeze leftover applesauce easily
How to cook applesauce in the Instant Pot
This recipe could not be any easier. I love that the Instant Pot keeps my hands (and mind) free to think about other things while it cooks.
Here’s how to cook applesauce in the Instant Pot:
- Peel, core and slice 2 pounds of apples. (*see below for more info on the type of apples I recommend)
- Add water, vanilla and cinnamon
- Put the Instant Pot lid on, set to ‘sealing’ and pressure cook for 5 minutes.
- Allow pressure to fully naturally depressurize (around 35 minutes).
- Puree with an immersion blender.
Can Instant Pot applesauce be frozen? Absolutely. It freezes so well! We have frozen for up to a year. Store in small portions (1 cup is a good size) that you will use up. We use 1/2 pint jars but have used freezer bags in the past.
How long is Instant Pot applesauce good for? Up to a week in the fridge, and 1 year in the freezer.
Can I use this applesauce in baking? Yes! I love using applesauce in my baking as a natural sweetener. These Healthy Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins are proof. See more info on how to use applesauce in baking here.
Which apples are best for applesauce? You can use ANY apple for applesauce! One thing I’ve learned as I’ve experimented, is that combining different apple varieties gives your applesauce so much more flavor! I used both granny smith and ambrosia apples in this applesauce recipe, and it has a sweet and tangy flavor thanks to the granny smith.
How can I use up my Instant Pot applesauce?
As mentioned above, you can use applesauce in baking, but here are some other ideas to use it up:
- Stir it into your Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats after cooking
- Layer it into this Quinoa Yogurt Parfait
- Spoon it over these Sweet Potato Pancakes
- this Applesauce Yogurt Cake looks delish!
Tips & Equipment for cooking Applesauce in the Instant Pot
- I tested this recipe in my 8 quart Instant Pot but it should fit fine in the 6 quart Instant Pot
- I stored my applesauce in these 6 cup meal prep containers and this immersion blender to blend the cooked apples up
- Looking for more easy Instant Pot recipes? Check out this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob, this Instant Pot Whole Chicken and this Perfect, Fluffy Instant Pot Quinoa
Instant Pot Applesauce
- 4 lbs apples (see *; peeled, cored & sliced)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3/4 cup water (see **)
- Peel + core apples. Cut into 1 inch pieces and place in the insert of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot with the vanilla, cinnamon and water.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to 'sealing', and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
- Allow the pot to naturally depressurize (this takes around 35 minutes).
- Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth.
- Portion out into 1/2 pint jars for single serve portions, or a larger container. Store applesauce in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Freeze for up to 1 year.