We make this quick and easy pressure cooker applesauce recipe every week in the fall months - this super fast method for Instant Pot Applesauce will be your go to!
recipe originally published September 27, 2013
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What makes this applesauce so quick, easy, and healthy!
This pressure cooker applesauce is so quick and easy.
Homemade applesauce is the best, right? You choose the apples you love, AND the rest of the ingredients too! You know exactly what goes into your sauce, your kitchen smells lovely, it is a fun afternoon project.
Until now. The most time consuming part of this recipe is chopping the apples! But even that is easy, because we don't peel the apples. Scrub them really well, remove any imperfections in the skin, then cut out the core and chop the apples in even pieces. The skin is where the fiber and nutrients are! Fiber helps to reduce the absorption time of the natural sugars.
This Instant Pot Applesauce is SO quick and easy, you'll be making this every week too.
What apples are best for applesauce?
Since childhood, my favorite apples to make applesauce are Golden Delicious. My second favorite is a Granny Smith, but that's an odd preference, I realize. I love a tart sauce.
Golden delicious really are a top choice for applesauce, because of their sweet flavor. Gala is a good soft and sweet apple, and when I asked a friend who makes everything from scratch, they answered McIntosh, for the same "soft and sweet" reasons.
Since we make pressure cooker applesauce so often, I vary the type of apple we use. I really haven't had a bad apple yet.
How To Make Pressure Cooker Applesauce
When making pressure cooker applesauce, you will find the step that takes the most time is chopping the apples.
The rest is combining the ingredients, bringing your Instant Pot or pressure cooker to temperature, and setting the time.
After a careful quick release, you have warm applesauce to enjoy immediately! Your kitchen still smells lovely, as if you spent the afternoon cooking...
How To Use Homemade Applesauce
Warm applesauce fresh out of the Instant Pot goes on top of vanilla bean ice cream! You must try this, it is healthy - indulgent.
Other ways to use instant pot applesauce:
- replace oil or eggs in baking
- add to oatmeal and smoothies for sweetness
- stir into chia pudding or yogurt
- pair with savory items like Vegan Chicken
Meal Prep and Storage
During the fall and early winter months, Instant Pot Applesauce is a favorite meal prep recipe in our house!
Once cooled, transfer applesauce into glass containers with sealing lids. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
To freeze for later, transfer cooled applesauce to freezer safe bags / containers, removing as much air as possible. Enjoy within two months.
Vegan Apple Recipes
- Raw Caramel Apple Cobbler: a fresh and fun twist on a dessert favorite! natural sweetness from dates, and a crisp crunch from apples and cashews.
- Roasted Apple Cider Chia Pudding: warm up your morning power breakfast with roasted apples over cider chia pudding. high fiber and protein to start your day!
- Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad: tart green apples bring great texture, flavor, and color to one of our all time favorite side dishes.
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- 8-10 apples (McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp)
- fresh squeezed juice from ½ lemon (1-2 tablespoons)
- 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Cut apple into large chunks, removing core.
- Add the apple pieces to the pressure cooker pot with lemon juice and cinnamon.
- Lock the lid onto pressure cooke. Set to pressure cook on high for 7 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, use a wooden spoon to do a controlled quick release. (I generally wait 5-10 minutes after timer to do this.)
- Carefully open the lid, pointing it away from you.
- For applesauce with texture, use a potato masher to mash a bit.
- For extra smooth applesauce, allow to cool slightly. Use a stick blender, blender, or food processor to carefully blend/process until smooth.
- Enjoy right away, or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
*Don't peel the apples! Scrub them really well, remove any imperfections in the skin, then cut out the core and chop the apples in even pieces. The skin is where the fiber and nutrients are! Fiber helps to reduce the absorption time of the natural sugars.
The applesauce will keep fresh in the refrigerator for one week.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 14gNet Carbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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