Making homemade Instant Pot Applesauce is not only super easy to do but it also tastes amazing. Literally only takes 3 or 4 ingredients depending on whether you want to sweeten it up or add a little extra flavor and takes just 20 minutes to make!
If you love apple recipes don’t forget to try out this popular Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe!
Ingredients For Homemade Applesauce
Organic apples. You can use a mix of 2 or 3 types of apples or just one type. It’s up to you. I made this recipe using just Gala apples.
Homemade applesauce is easy to make with very simple instructions.
Step One: Wash all of your apples thoroughly. Decide whether you want to peel them or leave the skin on. I decided to peel all of my apples. Once washed & peeled, remove the core and seeds either with an apple corer or just cut around the core with a knife. Slice or chop your apples into smaller chunks.
Step Two: Add all of the chopped apples to a 6qt or 8qt Instant Pot. Add water and a little cinnamon for flavor. Close the lid and turn the pressure knob to sealing. Pressure cook on high for 7 minutes. Allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Then quick release the rest of the pressure.
Step Three: Carefully remove the lid and strain your apples from the liquid. I typically just use a large slotted spoon. Add cooked apples to a blender and blend on low until smooth or the consistency you prefer. Enjoy!
Storage Tips and Common Questions
Store any cooled leftover applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can you freeze applesauce? Yes, allow the applesauce to cool then add to freezer-safe containers. Make sure to fill the containers only 2/3 the way full. It should last for 3-6 months in the freezer.
What apples should you use for homemade applesauce? This choice is totally up to you. I think a mix of sweet and tart apples works great. But if you only want to use one type of apple then that's perfectly ok. Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Fuji apples all work great with this recipe.
Do you need to peel the apples to make applesauce? Nope, you can absolutely leave the skin on. However, peeling the apples will give you a slightly smoother texture. When making this for my daughter who is not quite 1 years old, I decided to peel the apples just out of extra precaution for pesticides.
Can you add sugar to sweeten the applesauce? Sure! I find the applesauce is already sweet enough for babies and small toddlers (especially when apples are in season). But if you want to add a little more sweetness you can either swap out the water for 100% sweetened apple juice or add just a little sugar or honey after it’s finished cooking in the Instant Pot.
What type of Instant Pot do you have? I have the Instant Pot Duo Nova. I've had it for several years now and I love it! It is a 7-in-1 appliance and I use the pressure cooker, saute function and rice cooker the most. I don’t think they make this version any more, so this Instant Pot Duo is the closest to the one I have. Or just grab a newer version!
Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can absolutely make this Applesauce recipe on the stovetop. Just add your peeled, cored and chopped apples to a large pot. Add the cinnamon and purified water. Cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the apples are soft. Remove from heat, allow apples to slightly cool, then mash with a potato masher or blend in a blender until smooth.
More Apple Recipes
- Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Stovetop Version)
- Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
- Apple Fall Harvest Salad