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How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

Instapot Applesauce

Cinnamon pear applesauce in the instant Pot can be made with about 4 minutes of cooking time.

This instapot applesauce is perfect for fall and can be made and stored in meal prep containers or mason jars for grab and go snacks to take to school or work.

Tools for making applesauce in the Instant pot

All you need is your instapot, a stick blender or food processor, and containers to store your leftover applesauce.

Ingredients for Instant pot applesauce

4 large apples, cored and chopped
2 large pears, cored and chopped
¼ c. water or sugar-free apple juice
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 T. fresh lemon juice
Optional: 1-2 T. honey, preferably local

Directions for Instant pot applesauce

  1. Combine apples, pears, water, ground cinnamon, and fresh lemon juice in Instant Pot® and stir to combine. Add lid and lock into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 4 minutes.

  2. When cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.

  3. Taste and add honey to sweeten, if desired. Carefully transfer mixture to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth. (For chunkier results, use an immersion blender instead).

  4. Serve immediately, or transfer to airtight containers and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Enjoy!

Tips for making applesauce in the Instant pot

The biggest tip would be to not peel the apples. This way you get the fiber from leaving the skin on.

I love using a stick blender to puree the applesauce because I can control the chunkiness that way. It can be pureed right in the inner pot of your instapot so you can save time on cleanup.

Variations of Instant pot applesauce

  • Substituting the pears for mango or stone fruit like peaches or plums.

  • Add a few cinnamon flavored candies like red hots to the pot before you put the lid on. The candies will melt and color the applesauce a rosy pink shade and give it slightly spicy flavor.

  • Add chai spice, pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice to the applesauce instead of plain cinnamon.