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Instant Pot Apple Sauce

Naturally sweet (with no added sugar), and so delicious, this recipe for Instant Pot Apple Sauce is a must for when you return with arms full of apples from the orchards this fall. Once you make apple sauce in the Instant Pot, you’ll never go back!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Snack
Keyword: Instant Pot Apple Sauce
Method: Instant Pot
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen


  • 3 lbs. apples we recommend gala and fuji
  • ¾ cup water or apple cider see note
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon optional


  • Peel, cored and dice apples into large chunks (about 2” pieces).
  • Place apples, water, lemon juice and cinnamon inside the Instant Pot. Close the lid, and switch the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
  • Switch the valve to venting to release any remaining steam.
  • Using a whisk or a masher, mix together the apples until they are all broken up (alternatively you can puree them).
  • Transfer apple sauce to a bowl or serving containers. Serve warm or let cool completely and serve cold.
  • Apple sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 7-10 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


There are two options for making the apple sauce in terms of how thin you want the resulting sauce to be. The sauce featured in these photos was made using ¾ cup of water. If you wanted thicker apple sauce, you can reduce it down to ½ cup of added liquid.
Want to puree your apple sauce? Go for it. We recommend using an immersion blender. It will make the final result smoother if that is what you are going for.
You do not need to peel the apples if you don’t want to. The peels add color and nutritional value to the apple sauce. However if you don’t peel it, but you will need to puree it after.
Ground cinnamon will color the apple sauce, just like in our photos. If you wanted to avoid that but still wanted that cinnamon flavor, you could cook the apples with a cinnamon stick.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Sugar: 30g