3 Minute Instant Pot Applesauce is so easy to make! This quick cooking method helps the applesauce turn out perfectly every time – and it tastes amazing. Plus this homemade applesauce has healthy, nourishing, real food ingredients!
THIS INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE COOKS IN MINUTES!
Yes, homemade applesauce can be made quick! Once the pressure builds in the Instant Pot, it only takes 3 minutes to cook the applesauce.
Applesauce is easily found in jars or little single serving containers at the grocery store, but they do not capture the true essence and authentic flavor of real food applesauce.
Applesauce made from scratch is full of bold flavor – store-bought applesauce is mild and lacking in flavor.
For many people, me included, applesauce can be a nostalgic food (it’s been around since the mid-1700’s) as well as a comfort food.
Applesauce was a fun food for me growing up! Store-bought applesauce was a staple in my southern grandma’s kitchen and homemade pan-cooked applesauce was a staple in my mom’s kitchen.
CINNAMON APPLESAUCE IS A NOSTALGIC FOOD!
As a young girl in the 80’s, I visited my grandma a lot, especially during the summertime. She always had applesauce for me – the kind that comes in the jar, with a shaker of Cinnamon Sugar (the McCormick® kind) ready to sprinkle on the top. I loved it, it was our special snack to eat together.
My mom on the other hand only made homemade applesauce. She never bought the packaged kind for me and she only made it with one meal – mac n’ cheese, which was a regular staple for us.
Apples were cheap, I loved the applesauce and it filled our bellies. My mom always made her delicious, chunky applesauce with 1 to 3 Red Hots® (aka cinnamon imperials) to add cinnamon flavor.
Yikes! Now I cringe at the thought of the Red Hots® ingredients and all of that food dye, but I had no idea about it then – and neither did my mom. Regardless of that, I love how much LOVE my mom put into what she made for me.
I love that she always made that same meal – boxed mac n’ cheese, homemade stovetop applesauce with Red Hots® and petite peas with butter sauce (the frozen packaged kind).
HOMEMADE, OLD-FASHIONED APPLESAUCE IS A DELICIOUS, TRADITIONAL FOOD THAT CAN BE ENJOYED BY ALL!
The memories that go with certain foods is what makes them so special and leaves a lasting, lifetime impression.
Applesauce is one of those foods that has been around forever and enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Keeping the family tradition going, homemade Instant Pot applesauce has become a favorite for my children too!
3 MINUTE INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE IS A PERFECT FOOD FOR FALL AND WINTER, BUT ALSO GREAT YEAR-ROUND!
Apple season (fall through winter) is the best time to make homemade applesauce, however, apples can usually be found year-round.
Not only is this Instant Pot applesauce delicious, but it’s also easy to prepare and cooks so fast!
The Instant Pot ensures that the texture comes out perfect every time and you can’t beat the fast cook time!
THIS INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE WITH BUTTER IS FULL OF EXTRA NUTRITION TO HELP GIVE IT A NOURISHING, HEALTHY BOOST.
My homemade applesauce is loaded with flavor and nutrition!
You’ll find 6 simple, real food ingredients in this Instant Pot cinnamon applesauce – lots of organic apples, ground cinnamon, fresh lemon juice, healthy grass-fed pasture butter, optional quality honey and mineral-rich sea salt.
I add a healthy fat to the applesauce for a reason – healthy fats, like quality grass-fed butter, are great paired with fruit because they are known to help stabilize your blood sugar and known to help the body absorb nutrients better.
I add a pinch of mineral-rich sea salt which adds trace minerals to the applesauce. Added nutrition is always a good thing!
The honey is totally optional, but I do add a little bit of quality honey if the apples are not very sweet and juicy.
INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE FOR BABY OR INSTANT POT BABY-LED WEANING
This Instant Pot applesauce is perfect as a first-food for responsive feeding infants (who are old enough to eat solids), baby-led weaning and toddlers love it too!
If you are in the beginning weeks of introducing foods to your infant (5 months and up), try substituting grass-fed ghee for the butter or coconut oil – or better yet, omit the fat completely and add whipped bone marrow to the individual serving of the applesauce afterwards when you serve it.
Yep, I said whipped bone marrow – because it’s a super, nutrient-dense heme iron food, which is crucial for babies. If you’re looking for resources for first foods for the first 2 years, this is the resource I used and where I learned about whipped bone marrow, why heme iron is so important and how and when to introduce allergen foods.
HISTAMINES, HONEY AND CITRUS ALLERGEN FOODS
If your baby is sensitive to histamines, I would suggest omitting the ground cinnamon because it’s high in histamines. Instead, try adding ½ teaspoon ground ginger (known to support digestion) and ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom.
Make sure to omit the honey, since honey is not safe for infants under 1 years old and note that citrus is one of the top allergen foods. If your baby has already been exposed to citrus without reactions, by all means use the lemon juice, otherwise simply omit the lemon juice.
IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY LOVES APPLESAUCE, YOU’VE GOT TO TRY THIS EASY INSTANT POT METHOD!
Applesauce cooked in the Instant Pot will turn out perfectly every time because it gets cooked to perfection!
It’s no shocker that this is my favorite way to make applesauce, considering I LOVE the Instant Pot® and I have written and photographed four, print-published Instant Pot cookbooks – The Art of Great Cooking with Your Instant Pot, Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot, Low-Carb Cooking with Your Instant Pot and a HUGE book with all kinds of food, The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes (240 recipes!).
My version of homemade Instant Pot applesauce is packed with delicious flavor and nutrition and is always a family-favorite and crowd pleaser. It’s so good that you can enjoy it warm or cold! Eat it when it’s nice and warm, by the spoonful right after it has cooked and cooled a bit or enjoy it super cold and chilled.
How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce
It’s so easy to make this healthy Instant Pot applesauce recipe. All you need is 6 ingredients and an Instant Pot!
Start by picking out 12 large, fresh, organic apples. Choosing organic apples for this recipe is important because they are currently #5 on the EWG’s Pesticides in Produce Dirty Dozen™ list. Make sure to give the apples a quick wash then dry them.
Grab a cutting board, knife and a peeler (if you’re going to peel the apples). Using a peeler or knife, peel all of the apples – peeling is my personal preference, but if you don’t mind the skin, by all means, leave it on. After peeling the apples (or not), quarter all of the apples, removing and discarding the core and toss the apple chunks into the Instant Pot stainless steel bowl.
ASSEMBLE THE INSTANT POT
Place your Instant Pot on a flat counter or surface. Then place the Instant Pot stainless steel bowl in the Instant Pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl with the apples – grass-fed butter or ghee, ground cinnamon, honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sea salt and water.
Next place the lid on the Instant Pot, close it and make sure the lid is locked and the steam release valve is sealed.
Turn the Instant Pot on by plugging it in, then press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button (depending on the model you have) – normal/high will be highlighted on some models. Then press the minus “-” button and decrease the time to 3 minutes. The Instant Pot will pause for a second, then make a beep and say “On” on the screen – at this point the Instant Pot will turn on and start to build pressure. The countdown of time will automatically start once the Instant Pot has come to pressure.
AFTER THE 3 MINUTE APPLESAUCE HAS COOKED
When the Instant Pot is done cooking, it will beep. Depending on the Instant Pot model, press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” or “Cancel” button. Then unplug the Instant Pot and allow the Instant Pot to naturally decompress, which takes about 15 minutes for the little silver dial to drop. Once the little silver dial drops, or after 15 minutes, turn the vent to remove any excess steam if necessary, then carefully open the Instant Pot lid.
Get your high powered blender or food processor set up, then carefully ladle the apples into the blender or food processor.
Next add the leftover liquid – if there is a lot of excess liquid leftover in the stainless steel bowl, only pour about half of the liquid into the blender or food processor, you can add more as you go, but you don’t want it to have too much liquid to start with. Cover with the lid and use low speed or pulse just until fully combined and smooth.
If you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can also use an immersion hand-held blender. Like mentioned above, just make sure to remove some of the liquid before puréeing the applesauce mixture, then add liquid as needed.
Then enjoy warm or chilled!
RECIPE FAQS: TIPS FOR INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE SUCCESS
- Can I make this into a No-Peel Applesauce? Of course! It’s really a matter of preference whether or not you peel the apples or not. If you like the peels, leave them on! My family prefers a smoother applesauce with peeled apples so that’s how I make it. If you are making this applesauce as a first baby food, please reference the information I shared above for responsive feeding and baby-led weaning. I would recommend peeling the apples if this is an intro first-food for your baby because the peels are known to be harder on digestion.
- What variety of apples should be used in this recipe? This really comes down to preference, I prefer to use Honey Crisp apples in applesauce since they’re my favorite apple. I have also used Fuji, Gala and Gravenstein to make applesauce. You can use a variety of apples if you prefer, for example, try using a 1:1 ratio of Granny Smith (for more tartness and less sweet) with a sweeter apple like Honey Crisp or Fuji. I also love to make Instant Pot Pear Applesauce using a variety of pears and apples.
- What substitutes can be used in place of the grass-fed butter? I recommend using a quality healthy fat like grass-fed ghee or coconut oil. Alternatively, you can always omit the fat if you prefer. As noted above, I add a healthy fat to my recipe because it’s known to help the body absorb nutrients better.
- Do you have a favorite honey to use in this homemade applesauce recipe? Yes! I only recommend using a mild, light-colored, quality honey for this recipe. Honey flavors like orange blossom honey, clover honey, thistle honey or alfalfa honey are known to be the most mild in flavor. This is my favorite raw honey – I love their orange blossom and “original” honey. I also love using this raw honey, it’s easy to find online as well as at grocery stores like Sprouts Farmers Market.
- Can Instant Pot applesauce be stored? Yes, you can store homemade applesauce in the refrigerator or freeze it for later use. For the best flavor, it’s best to enjoy this Instant Pot applesauce within 3 days if you don’t intend to freeze it. Make sure to store the applesauce in a covered air-tight container in the refrigerator and eat within 3 days. I love to store individual-size portions of applesauce in the freezer in these glass freezer-safe containers. You can thaw them in the refrigerator the night before you’d like to use it or thaw it in a warm “bath” (I set the covered jar in a bowl with hot water, swapping the water for more hot water about 2-3 times over about 20 minutes).
- How should Instant Pot applesauce be served? This applesauce is delicious served warm or chilled! Eat it by the spoonful as a snack or a treat, use it in baked goods, add it to a meal as a side dish or condiment (it’s delicious with potato pancakes), top it on homemade pancakes or waffles, spread it on toast, etc.
ENJOY THIS EASY 3 MINUTE INSTANT POT APPLESAUCE ANY TIME OF THE YEAR! PACK IT IN A LUNCH, EAT IT AS A SNACK, ADD IT TO A MEAL OR SAVOUR IT AS A HEALTHY TREAT!
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3 Minute Instant Pot Applesauce
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 10gSugar: 49gProtein: 1g
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