Instant Pot Applesauce

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Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce is incredibly easy to make. Nothing beats homemade applesauce, and this Instant Pot recipe is so easy to make. If you have never made homemade applesauce, you have to try it.

Whip up this Instant Pot Applesauce for dessert one evening, pack for kids lunches, and more. It is a great way to save money, know exactly what ingredients are used. 

Instant Pot Applesauce 

Let me walk you through how to make Instant Pot applesauce and answer common questions that happen when it comes to making applesauce. 

Instant Pot Applesauce

What Are The Best Apples for Applesauce 

The beauty of homemade applesauce means that you can use almost any cooking apple variety. You can also do a variety of apples to add even more depth and flavor to your applesauce. As you know each variety offers tartness, sweetness, and so on. 

McIntosh, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Fuji are great options. 

 If you want to blend apples to add more dimension to your recipe. Consider doing something like a Granny smith that offers a tart factor paired with honey crisps, which are extra sweet. It will add tons of flavor to the applesauce. 

Instant Pot Applesauce

Do You Peel Apples For Instant Pot Applesauce 

Yes. I find that peeling the apples will give you a smoother texture. The peels won’t break down fully and will give your applesauce a chewy texture if you leave them on. 

How Long Will Applesauce Will Store In The Fridge 

You can store any leftover applesauce in the fridge for up to 7 to 10 days. Just make sure that your applesauce is always covered and stored in an airtight container. If you don’t store it properly it will go bad a lot faster.

Do You Eat Applesauce Cold or Warm 

You can do either. I love serving up applesauce warm once it comes out of the Instant Pot. It is an absolute treat to eat it warm, reminds me of an apple pie filling. Then I love it chilled in the fridge.  

Chunky Or Smooth Applesauce 

The choice is yours on the texture of the applesauce. If you want your applesauce to be more chunky you can easily do that. Just don’t blend up the applesauce as much so that it has the texture you want. 

If you prefer smoother applesauce then you can use an emulsion blender or even a regular blender to pulse it so that it becomes smoother. 

Instant Pot Applesauce

Can You Cook With Homemade Applesauce 

If you have seen recipes that use applesauce in replace of oil and such in recipes, you can easily use homemade applesauce the same. Just follow the conversion as normal and enjoy. 

Can You Freeze Applesauce 

Yes, you sure can freeze applesauce. Place in an airtight container and leave room for the applesauce to expand as it freezes. You can store it for up to three months. Then when ready thaw in the fridge the night before. 

Give this Instant Pot applesauce recipe a try today! 

If you love apples then you will want to try my delicious Instant Pot Apple Dump Cake, it is to die for delish! Living the hectic parent life? Try out my incredible Instant Pot Freezer Meal 30 Day Meal Challenge, it is a lifesaver!

Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes


  • 8 medium apples (a combination of Gala and Jazz)
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 -3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 5 teaspoons light brown sugar (unpacked)
  • 1 cup water
  • Vegetable peeler
  • blender


    1. Peel, core, and slice the apples.
    2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel 1 slice of lemon peel. Juice the same lemon.
    3. Add the water, cinnamon stick, the lemon peel, fresh lemon juice, and brown sugar to instant pot and stir to combine. Add apples and toss to mix
    4. Close the lid, make sure it’s in the sealing position and turn toggle to seal.
    5. Press Pressure (it should automatically set to HIGH pressure). Set time to 8 minutes. Hit START. When finished do a controlled (carefully allow steam to release in short bursts to make sure nothing spews out) quick release.
    6. Remove the cinnamon stick. If you prefer a chunky apple sauce mash with a hand potato masher and transfer to a bowl. Or transfer the mixture to a blender, blending until smooth. Set aside to cool or serve as a warm apple sauce. Store leftovers in a lidded container. Store in the fridge for 7-10 days.

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  1. Hello,
    I would then like to water bath can the sauce for longer shelf life.
    Just proceed as usual and adjusting for my 4000′ Altitude?
    Any other suggestions?
    I do not see how much your recipe makes, cup wise. Please let me know.
    Thank you much.

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