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instant pot applesauce in pink bowl with apples

Instant Pot Applesauce

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: About 1 quart 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


You can peel or not peel the apples, depending on your preference.


  • 67 medium apples (about 8 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional


  1. Chop the apples so they’re about 1/2-1 inch in size. It’s okay if they aren’t 100% uniform in size.
  2. Add to the instant pot. Add water. Seal.
  3. Set to cook for 8 minutes on high.
  4. When the cooking is done, either do a quick manual release OR let the pressure naturally release. Both are fine.
  5. Mash or puree as desired. To get the skins smooth and well-blended, I prefer to add the cooked apples to a blender and blend smooth. You can use a potato masher to make chunky applesauce or puree in a food processor.
  6. Stir in cinnamon, if desired.


Once cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the fridge and stir before serving.

Use firm cooking apples such as Jonathan, Cortland, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Jonagold.

To make a chunkier applesauce, peel the apples before cooking and mash lightly with a potato masher.

Add cinnamon or fresh lemon juice to taste after the applesauce is cooked and blended.

You can blend this in a blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender.

Store finished applesauce in airtight containers in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months

Keywords: instant pot applesauce, applesauce recipe

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