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instant pot applesauce

Easy Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce (refined sugar-free)

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5 from 4 reviews

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Easy Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce is the tastiest recipe with an incredibly short and wholesome ingredient list.  Homemade applesauce is far superior to store-bought in every way.  This one has a thick and creamy texture that makes it extra decadent.  The apple flavor really shines through and you can customize the sweetness and cinnamon flavor to your liking.  


Units Scale
  • 3 pounds apples (cored, skin left on), halved (no need to slice or chop)
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • optional: 1 tablespoon maple sugar or coconut sugar OR 2 pitted Medjool dates (for added sweetness)
  • optinoal flavor enhancer: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place cored and halved apples and water directly in the bottom of the Instant Pot.  Add pitted dates and ground cinnamon if using.  Close the lid and make sure the valve is on sealed.
  2. Cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes.  Press the OFF button and manually release the steam.  Once the floating valve drops, remove the lid and allow the apples to slightly cool.
  3. Carefully transfer the apples and any liquids into a high speed blender.  Blend until completely smooth and creamy (about 10 seconds on high speed).  Transfer to a mason jar and store in the refrigerator to thicken up overnight.  You can enjoy immediately but it will be very hot and a bit thinner in consistency than if you wait for it to chill and thicken up in the refrigerator.
  4. Applesauce will stay fresh for up to one week as long as no used utensils are introduced to the jar.


* Any type of apple will work in this recipe.  I like sweet red apples like Honeycrisp the best.  Sometimes I like to mix in one or two Granny Smith apples for some tartness.

The flavors will change once the applesauce cools.

To make on the stovetop just add the cored and halved apples to a pot of boiling water and boil until fork tender (about 15 minutes).  Then strain and add the cooked apples to your blender and blend.  You can add cinnamon and sweetener to the blender if you plan to use.  

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker