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A white bowl filled with homemade instant pot applesauce.

Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Instant Pot Applesauce pressure cooks in just 20 minutes.  You can use just about any variety of apple you have on hand. Each apple variety will yield a slightly sweeter or tarter applesauce flavor. Save this Instant Pot apple recipe for when you are craving the sweet tart flavors of homemade applesauce. It is especially delicious serve it as a side dish with a favorite pork dinner. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 74 kcal


  • 10 large Apples peeled, cored and chopped (about 9 cups chopped diced apple)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • cup water
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
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  • Prepare the apples by scrubbing them under cold running water. Peel, core and chop 2 to three apples at a time.
  • Add the chopped apple pieces to a large bowl and add the lemon juice. Toss the apple pieces to coat with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
  • As you peel, core and chop the apples and add the chopped apple pieces to the bowl and toss the apple pieces to coat all sides of the apple pieces with the lemon juice.
  • Once all of the apples are chopped and added to the bowl of lemon juice pour the apple pieces into the Instant Pot.
  • Add the water and ground cinnamon to the Instant Pot. Use a large wooden spoon to toss the apples pieces and coat with the cinnamon.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot. Lock it into the sealed position. Make sure the pressure valve is turned to the sealing position.
  • Press the manual button and set the timer to 5 minutes. 
  • When the Instant Pot beeps notifying you that it has finished the pressure cooking cycle allow the steam to naturally release for 15 minutes.
  • After fifteen minutes open the Instant Pot. Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break up the cooked apples. If you like a chunky apple sauce only mash or blend a few times. For a smoother baby food like apple sauce you can use a blender or a stick blender to get the smoothest applesauce consistency.
  • Makes about 2 quarts of apple sauce.
  • Refrigerate the Instant Pot Applesauce and use within a week.


Recipe Expert Tips

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Different models of electric pressure cookers may have a more sensitive BURN notification. If your IP is sensitive you may need to increase the amount of water used in this recipe. You may have to increase the amount of water slowly by adding about ¼ of a cup or less until you find the right water ratio. This will yield a thinner applesauce.
  • Apples: Different apple varieties will also play a hand in this. A juicier apple will release more liquids while cooking. It is best to start with a smaller amount of water and add more as needed.
  • I used 10 fresh New York State apples that were small to large in size and two different varieties of apples.
  • Start with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add the remaining tablespoon if the apples start turning brown. Different varieties of apples may brown faster or even not at all as you peel them.
  • This is a no sugar added applesauce recipe. I find that most apples are sweet enough on their own and don't need any added sugar when making homemade apple sauce. 
  • If you like a sweeter applesauce then add 1 or two tablespoons after the apple sauce has finished pressure cooking.


Serving: 0.05cup | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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