Applesauce was one of the very first recipes I ever posted on this site. Juicebox Applesauce, to be exact. It’s a recipe that I’ve cooked dozens of times, that made its way into my first cookbook, and that I’ve adapted using pears. Pearsauce.

Instant Pot Applesauce

Making applesauce is so easy and so superior to what you’ll find at the market that it seems wrong to buy it (though I sometimes do). Now that I’ve got an Instant Pot, the whole operation goes down even more quickly.  There’s no need to watch the pot and it requires just seven minutes of cooking time.

Season your Sauce

In this recipe, I spice the pot with fresh ginger and cinnamon. Maple syrup is purely optional and dependent on the natural sweetness of your apples. There is no peeling required for this sauce. The fiber in those peels is part of what makes apples so good for you. Besides, the Instant Pot does a terrific job of breaking the apples down into a tender sauce, peels and all. If you want a truly creamy sauce, run it through the blender to eliminate any trace of a peel.

If you’d like a stove top Applesauce recipe, head here. For more about the Instant Pot, check out this post. 

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Instant Pot Applesauce

Use your favorite variety of apples for this and don't bother peeling them. If you like a tangier sauce, Granny Smith is a good bet. For a sweeter sauce, I like the flavor of the Piñata or Golden Delicious apple.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds apples (about 10 medium apples)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 one-inch piece fresh ginger , finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the apples off the cores and cut into slices that are roughly 1 inch wide. An apple slicer/corer will make quick work of this.
  2. Put the sliced apples, water, cinnamon, and ginger into the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Close the steamer vent. Set the Instant Pot to 7 minutes on Manual High Pressure. Once done, immediately release the steam from the pot (use caution, since that team is hot). Remove the lid and stir.
  3. When the sauce has cooled a bit, taste and add maple sauce as needed for sweetness. If your peels didn't soften enough for your liking, or for a smoother sauce, transfer to a food processor or blender and run until creamy.

Instant Pot Applesauce