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A quick and simple Instant Pot applesauce recipe made with fresh apples and ground cinnamon. In less than 20 minutes you can enjoy homemade applesauce!
Every year a town in Northwest Arkansas holds an even called the Apple Festival. It’s a wonderful arts, crafts, and food festival that celebrates all things apple.
In honor of that fun little event, Kim decided to make an Instant Pot applesauce recipe.
Super simple and totally tasty, is how I would describe this treat. So, shall we get started?
How to make Instant Pot applesauce?
First, you’ll want to weigh out two (2) pounds of fresh apples, wash them, core them, and cut the apples into chunks.
Okay, you can either skin them now or skin them after they cook. It’s easier to remove the skins once the apples have been cooked.
As you can see in the photos, Kim decided to skin her apples after they cooked in the pressure cooker. The instructions are written than way too.
Next, dump the apples into the liner of the cooker. Toss them with lemon juice and pour in the water.
Then, close the lid, seal the machine and press the manual or high pressure cook button. Set it to cook for four (4) minutes.
Afterward, allow the machine to complete a five (5) minute natural release before completing a controlled release
A controlled release happens when you open and close the valve multiple times until all the steam is gone.
At this point, you can add the cinnamon, sugar, and skin the apples. The skins should come off easily using a fork or tongs.
Last, use a potato masher to crush the soft apples into an applesauce. That’s it your Instant Pot applesauce is done!
Kim and I hope you enjoy the recipe and wish you all the best 🙂
How long does homemade applesauce last?
Well, if you use canning methods, then it can last quite a while. However, our Instant Pot applesauce only holds in your fridge for up to five (5) days.
What apples do you use for applesauce?
You can use any apple you like to make applesauce. In fact, I encourage you to experiment with different apples.
With that being said, the amount of sugar might vary with each type of apple. For example, Granny Smith apples are tart, so you might want to add more sugar.
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- 2 Lbs. Apples, (fresh, any variety, we used Fuji)
- 1/2 Cup Water, (or 3/4 cup for thinner applesauce)
- 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, (or to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, (optional for color)
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon, (optional or to taste)
- Wash the apples, and cut them into large chunks removing the core. If you’d like to peel the apples now, feel free to do so. We left the skins on and removed them after the apples cooked.
- Place the apple pieces into the Instant Pot, and toss with the lemon juice if using. Next, add the water. Close the lid, and set the valve to sealing. Use the manual (pressure cook) button, and adjust the time to 4 minutes.
- After the time is up, allow a 5 natural minute pressure release followed by a controlled quick release (open and close the valve in quick succession to allow the steam to release in small spurts).
- Open the lid, and remove the apple skins. Add the sugar and cinnamon. Use a potato masher, immersion blender, whisk, or wooden spoon to mash up the apples to the desired consistency.
- Serve warm or cold. Store any leftover applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of half (1/2) a cup applesauce. Actual calories will vary. The applesauce can be stored in a sealed container, in your fridge, for up to five (5) days.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 0.5 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 5gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g