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This homemade applesauce recipe is made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker with just 4 ingredients simple ingredients and is ready in less than 15 minutes. It makes a great snack, side dish, or healthy dessert!

An image of a jar filled with homemade applesauce made in the Instant Pot. 

Applesauce is such a fantastic food. It’s sweet, tart, soft, chunky and just hits all of the right notes while still giving you a filling and healthy snack. While you can obviously buy applesauce from the store, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that you can also have homemade applesauce in as little as 15 minutes thanks to your Instant Pot.

This Instant Pot applesauce recipe is so basic and simple that anybody could do it, even if it’s their first time using a pressure cooker. Homemade applesauce is always better than store-bought because it gives you control over the flavors, the amount of added ingredients, and it just tastes great warm and fresh!

This homemade applesauce recipe can be made with or without sugar. I always taste first and then add it only if I think it’s necessary, but I really don’t care for applesauce that is overly sweetened. Often when I use apple juice as my liquid I find that no extra sugar is needed, but it can also depend on the types of apples you use. You can add even double the amount of sugar in the recipe below if you really like sweet applesauce. 

I use applesauce for baking recipes like morning glory muffins or German apple cake, so it’s nice to keep it unsweetened.

An image of applesauce in a bowl with cinnamon sprinkled on top.  

What are the best apples for applesauce?

Homemade applesauce is all about your preferences. If you prefer sweeter applesauce, Fuji, Gala or Honeycrisp apples are good choices. If you like your applesauce less sweet and maybe a bit tart, Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples can be exactly what you’re looking for.

Personally, I like to mix and match apples to find a perfect blend of textures and flavors! In this batch of applesauce, I used Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Honey Crisp apples, which is pretty much my go-to combination.

All of these apples work well for applesauce though:

  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Honeycrisp
  • Envy
  • Granny Smith
  • Pink Lady
  • McIntosh
  • Golden Delicious
  • Jonathan
  • Cortland
  • Pippin

An image of a variety of the best apples to be used for making applesauce.

How to make homemade applesauce in the instant pot

  1. Peel and quarter the apples, making sure to remove the seeds and the cores. Some people skip peeling and cook the apples with the peels on, then fish them out with a fork before mashing. But we like eating the peels as a snack while the applesauce is cooking so I always peel our apples first. 
  2. Add apple juice (or your preferred liquid) to the instant pot along with the apples and toss to combine. I won’t make an extra trip to the store for apple juice since water works fine, but if I have it on hand, that’s what I use.
  3. Secure the lid of the pressure cooker in place and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release for 5 minutes, then cover the steam valve with a towel and do a controlled quick release.
  5. After that, mash the apples using a potato masher for chunkier applesauce or place them in a blender for creamier applesauce. Make sure that the blender lid is set askew so that the steam can vent.
  6. Taste and add cinnamon and sugar as needed. Then serve warm or cold! 

An image of peeled and cored apples in the instant pot. An image of applesauce in the instant pot. An image of a jar of homemade applesauce. 

Can this homemade applesauce recipe be made in the slow cooker?

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t worry – you’re not out of luck! You can make this recipe in your slow cooker instead! Just follow the instructions below except cook in a crock pot on LOW for 6-8 hours. It takes longer, but the applesauce is equally delicious and the recipe is just as hands-off!

Can you freeze homemade applesauce?

Yes, you can! While this instant pot apple sauce tastes great warm, don’t feel like you need to eat an entire batch at once, or even right away. You can safely store your apple sauce in the freezer inside an airtight container for up to 2 months. Just thaw and eat when ready.

How long does homemade applesauce last

While store-bought applesauce might feel like it can last a few weeks in an opened jar in the fridge, homemade applesauce doesn’t have preservatives to keep it fresh. So it’s best to eat within 7 to 10 days, as long as you keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge for maximum freshness.

Ways to Enjoy Your Homemade Applesauce

Obviously we like applesauce all on it’s own, but it’s so good in so many other ways! Consider trying some of the following if you haven’t already!

  • Pour some homemade applesauce over a scoop of ice cream (it’s so good – almost like an apple crisp but without the work)
  • Use it to top pancakes
  • Stir some into your oatmeal
  • Serve with pan-fried pork chops
  • Scoop it with graham crackers like a dip (honestly, my favorite way of eating it)

An image of bowls of applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon. An image of a jar of homemade instant pot applesauce.

More Apple Recipes for Apple Lovers

Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce
Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce

This homemade applesauce recipe is made in the Instant Pot with just 4 ingredients simple ingredients and is ready in less than 15 minutes. It makes a great snack, side dish, or healthy dessert!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9 medium apples (a mix of Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, and Pink Lady is my favorite)
  • 3/4 cup apple juice, apple cider, or water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Peel and quarter apples, removing the seeds and cores.
  2. Add juice (or your preferred liquid) to the instant pot along with the apples and toss to combine.
  3. Secure the lid in place and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release for 5 minutes, then cover the steam valve with a towel and do a controlled quick release.
  5. Mash the apples with a potato masher for chunkier applesauce or blend in a blender with the lid set askew so the steam can vent.
  6. Taste, then stir in sugar and cinnamon, as needed.

Notes

NOTE: This applesauce can be transferred to airtight containers and frozen for up to 2 months. Let thaw in the freezer overnight before enjoying.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 144 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 5mg Carbohydrates: 38g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 30g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g