This Instant Pot Applesauce recipe is a family favorite. Apples are great at any time of the year and especially in the fall when most varieties are in season. This pressure cooker applesauce is quick, easy to make, and will last a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. You can freeze it, too, and enjoy fresh applesauce all year long.
Healthy Instant Pot Apple Recipe
Applesauce in the Instant Pot is a healthy snack that is filled with lots of fiber. You can feel great serving this recipe to your family knowing it’s made with real, clean ingredients.
Weight Watchers Applesauce Recipe
This applesauce has zero Weight Watchers points per serving so enjoy to satisfaction.
MyWW purple 0 points, MyWW Blue 0 points, MyWW Green 0 points per half-cup serving.
Instant Pot Applesauce
Our family loves this applesauce recipe. In the fall, we head out to a local farm and buy bushels of apples. When we get home, the applesauce making begins.
All the kids help out and we keep the Instant Pot and slow cooker busy. It’s crazy how many apples go into just a few batches of applesauce!
We eat plenty of it straight. If you haven’t had fresh applesauce, trust me that it’s nothing like the jars you buy at the store. It tastes like a warm bowl of apple pie.
What we don’t eat right away (which isn’t much) gets frozen, and our family always gets excited when I pull out a batch to enjoy with a healthy dinner.
It’s great to have an applesauce recipe that you can feel good about feeding to your family and friends. I know exactly what’s in this recipe, and everyone loves it. Apples are filled with vitamin C and lots of fiber too.
What are the benefits of eating applesauce?
Apples, whether whole or as applesauce, contain fiber and vitamin C. Applesauce naturally contains no fat and few calories per serving if you choose unsweetened varieties.
“Because the applesauce also contains fiber in the form of pectin, it’s the healthier option. Dietary fiber keeps your digestive system functioning regularly and supplies a more substantial snack for the same calorie cost. Fiber takes longer to digest and leaves your stomach more slowly; you not only feel fuller when you eat applesauce instead of drinking apple juice, you literally remain fuller. Incorporate a cup of applesauce with your lunches or add a spoonful of it to yogurt for dessert to boost the fiber content of your meals.”
How do I make applesauce from scratch?
Applesauce can be made from scratch on the stove top, slow cooker, or Instant Pot. Here is a basic guide to making homemade applesauce.
- Wash, peel and core 10-12 apples.
- Add sugar or sweetener if desired (1/4 cup sugar, honey, or sweetener)
- Add 1/2 cup water.
- Simmer on stove top for 1 hour, in crock pot for 3-4 hours on low, or in pressure cooker for 8 minutes on manual.
What kind of apples do you use to make applesauce?
When you are making applesauce you can use all sweet apples or a mix of sweet and tart apples.
These apple varieties make the best sauce:
- Granny Smith
How long does homemade applesauce last?
If you store homemade applesauce in an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator it will last for about 2 weeks. You can also can applesauce and it will last you up to one year. In the freezer, applesauce lasts 6 months.
How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce
This delicious recipe makes homemade applesauce quick and easy. We love applesauce made in the pressure cooker.
Gather your apples. I used Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples.
Wash apples. Remove core and cut the remaining apple into quarters (four pieces.) At this point, you can peel the apples as well (especially if you have a peeler/corer/slicer like this one from Amazon).
If not, you can remove the skins after cooking.
Place apples in the electric pressure cooker pot with water. Use more water for a thinner applesauce or less for a chunky sauce.
As the apples cook, they will release more moisture allowing the electric pressure cooker to reach pressure.
Remove the lid and using a spider strainer, scoop the peels from the applesauce, tapping the strainer against the inside of the pot to allow any applesauce to return to the pot.
Store applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Variations for Instant Pot Applesauce:
- For cinnamon applesauce, stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon after the applesauce has cooked.
- For sweeter applesauce, use sweeter varieties of apples or stir in 1 tablespoon honey after the applesauce has cooked.
Instant Pot Applesauce
- Instant Pot
- 3 pounds mixed sweet and tart varieties Used: Honeycrisp and Granny Smith
- 1 cup water 1/2 to 1 cup of water
- Wash apples. Remove core and cut the remaining apple into quarters (four pieces.)
- Place apples in the electric pressure cooker pot with water. Use more water for a thinner applesauce or less for a chunky sauce. As the apples cook, they will release more moisture allowing the electric pressure cooker to reach pressure.
- Seal the electric pressure cooker with the lid and turn the vent valve to sealing. Program the electric pressure cooker to cook on “manual” or “pressure cook” for 8 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes before quick release.
- Remove the lid and using a spider strainer, scoop the peels from the applesauce, tapping the strainer against the inside of the pot to allow any applesauce to return to the pot.
- Store applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Variations: For cinnamon applesauce, stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon after the applesauce has cooked. For a sweeter applesauce, use sweeter varieties of apples or stir in 1 tablespoon honey after the applesauce has cooked.
Do you make homemade applesauce? Let us know in the comments below.
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