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Instant Pot Applesauce

 Nothing tastes better than homemade applesauce, especially when it's this quick and easy in the Instant Pot.  A mix of seasonal fall apples, cozy and warm with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Spoonful of Instant Pot applesauce over white serving bowl.

Fall has arrived and so have trips to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch.  I love a good apple crisp, apple pie or bakery apple slices, and with my Instant Pot, I've discovered just how easy it is to make applesauce.  And just how much better homemade tastes!

Instant Pot applesauce falling off spoon to show texture.

Truth be told, applesauce isn't my thing but my husband loves it.  Especially with comforting pork dishes.  And I've decided I agree.  I think I just wasn't that crazy about the store-bought stuff.  This homemade stuff is just so dang good!

Here's what you need

Ingredients for Instant Pot applesauce labeled on cutting board.

  • Apples, of course.  I like the local apples in season right now and a mix of sweet and tart, like Honeycrisp and Granny Smith.
  • Fresh lemon juice and water
  • Cinnamon and brown sugar
  • An electric pressure cooker, like the Instant Pot

Step by step instructions

Photo collage, preparing apples and ingredients for pressure cooker.

Step 1: Peel, core and cut the apples into small chunks.

Step 2: Place in pressure cooker and add water and lemon juice, toss to mix.

Step 3: Add the cinnamon and brown sugar and mix well to coat all the apples.

Process photo collage, mashing finished applesauce.

Step 4: Seal and cook under high pressure for 5 minutes, let naturally release for 15 minutes.

Step 5: Open Instant Pot, it's basically already applesauce, just mash to your desired consistency.

Processing applesauce to desired consistency with handheld potato masher.

Recipe notes and tips

  1. Use a mix of sweet and tart apples for the best flavor.  I used Honeycrisp and Granny Smith.  Or try Gala, Golden Delicious or McIntosh.  Or even use several varieties, what you picked at the orchard or can find locally in your stores and vegetable stands.  No right or wrong, just a variety.  Here's a  great reference guide for tart and sweet apples.
  2. The cinnamon amount can be adjusted but keep in mind that spices and aromatics tend to be stronger cooked under pressure.  I don't like a lot of cinnamon anyway but you can definitely up the amount to 1 teaspoon if you like.
  3. You can add the sugar after cooking if you want to taste it and see how sweet it naturally is, but I find the sugar amount to be just right for a sweet and tart flavor profile.
  4. Use a potato masher or immersion blender to process to desired consistency.  It is basically applesauce when you open the pot and a masher works just fine.  But if you want super smooth, try an immersion blender.
  5.  Applesauce will keep in the refrigerator for a week to ten days, or freeze for up to 3 to 6 months.

Instant Pot applesauce in white serving bowl with spoon.

What to serve with applesauce

Around here, definitely comforting pork dishes and cozy comfort food like mac and cheese.  So I'mma gonna suggest these Hungry Bluebird dishes:

Seriously, tho, anytime is a good time for easy homemade applesauce but fall apples are the best!!  Warm and cozy applesauce will put a smile on anyone's face, and it doesn't get any freakin' easier than this!  Kelly🍴🐦

Instant Pot applesauce in white serving bowl, surrounded by apples in background.

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Instant Pot applesauce in white serving bowl with spoon.

Instant Pot Applesauce

Quick and easy homemade applesauce in the Instant Pot, a mix of seasonal fall apples, cozy and warm with cinnamon and brown sugar.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 124kcal


  • pounds sweet apples, like Honeycrisp about 4 apples
  • pounds tart apples, like Granny Smith about 4 apples
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice about juice from half a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • cup brown sugar


  • Peel, core and cut apples into small chunks. Place in insert of Instant Pot.
  • Add water and then lemon juice, toss to combine.
  • Add cinnamon and brown sugar, toss to combine well.
  • Seal and cook under high pressure for 5 minutes. Let naturally release for 15 minutes and then release any remaining pressure. Carefully open and remove lid.
  • Use a handheld potato masher and mash and stir until sauce is at desired consistency. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Use a mix of sweet and tart apples for best flavor.
  • You can add more cinnamon, up to 1 teaspoon. Keep in mind the flavor is more intense cooked under pressure.
  • For a super smooth applesauce, use an immersion blender to process.
  • Applesauce will keep in the refrigerator for a week to ten days, or freeze for up to 3 to 6 months.


Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 124kcal Carbohydrates: 33g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 5mg Potassium: 197mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 27g Vitamin A: 92IU Vitamin C: 9mg Calcium: 20mg Iron: 1mg
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