Instant Pot Applesauce

We are three months in on John’s braces and the bottom set will go on next week. He has taken it like a champ, unlike his mom decades ago. Ha! He usually doesn’t ask for or require any special treatment on “adjustment” day, but I will take any chance I can get to baby my teen. And so, applesauce has become a staple for those afternoons when he gets home from school. He loves it (we all do in fact), and I love being able to do something for him other than dropping from point A to point B and handing out cash for this or that at every turn.

Instant Pot Applesauce

  • 8 apples – I use a variety, usually 4 green and 4 red, with granny smith and honeycrisp being favorites
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Start by washing and drying your apples. I always core, peel and cut them into chunks but I have heard you can skip the peeling. It is rumored to give a more chunky finished product, but I haven’t personally tried it.

Put everything in the instant pot and mix well. Pressure cook on manual for 8 minutes. I allow the pressure to naturally release.

You may need to do a few quick runs with a potato masher. We love it a little chunky.

Cool completely and enjoy!

NOTE: Always follow the manufacturer directions for your specific Instant Pot, including on sealing, venting and cooking times.

If you have any favorite instant pot recipes, I’m all ears! Just writing this post made me crave applesauce like crazy.

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5 thoughts on “Instant Pot Applesauce

  1. I also love making applesauce in my Instapot. Look in the spice section of your grocery store for Apple Pie Spice. It is a mixture of cinnamon and other spices. It makes the apples taste just like an apple pie without the crust.

  2. We’ve never tried making our own applesauce. We may have to give it a try!

    On a side note – have you considered a debit card for the boys? I never carry cash, but when the boys go out to dinner with friends, or are at different tournaments/meets where I have to leave them at a venue with their teams while I shuttle one or the other somewhere else we got our our boys Capital One Money cards. They are debit cards. And they’ve worked brilliantly. The boys can buy snacks, or even pay for their own dinners without me having to remember to get cash, and without me having to worry about them losing the cash or the change without any hope of ever seeing it again. Our boys have had them for 2-3 years now (since they were 8 I think) and we love them. It’s been very educational for the kids who can now navigate credit card terminals, dinner receipt tips, and even checkbook accounting like pros.

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