Instant Pot Applesauce
Instant Pot Applesauce
Applesauce doesn’t need an introduction. It’s stuff we’ve all tried as kids and likely still enjoy as adults.
It’s also a million times better and healthier when you make it yourself. The Instant Pot allows us to achieve that so quickly and easily, Peter Brady will be getting his pork chops ready!
This stuff is AWESOME and goes perfectly on its own feeding the baby, kids or adults alike. PLUS, they pair perfectly with my famous Potato Pancake Pillows!
Here’s How I Made It!:
- 10 apples (I used 5 Granny Smith and 5 Fuji), peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of kosher salt
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 tsp – 2 tbsp of honey (optional for additional sweetening, to taste – I didn’t use any because the apples are sweet enough as it is for me)
“Only 1/2 cup of water?! I thought you needed at least 1 cup for every recipe!” THAT IS AN EVIL URBAN LEGEND! This all depends on what you’re making in the Instant Pot! Apples are already full of water and because we have so many apples in there, as the pot comes to pressure and heats up from the 1/2 cup of water, the apples will release a lot of their own water very quickly!
This pairs beautifully with my popular Potato Pancake Pillows!
If you want a chunkier applesauce, skip the immersion blender step after cooking and just stir it together well!
- Add the water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and kosher salt to the Instant Pot and mix well
- Add in the apples and pour the lemon juice and maple syrup over it (no stirring required). Secure the lid and hit “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” High Pressure for 5 minutes. When done, natural release for 5 minutes and finish with a quick release
- When you remove the lid, you’ll see how much liquid the apples have released and how it’s already practically an applesauce consistency. In fact, if you like you applesauce on the chunkier side, just give it a good stir together and you’re done! If you want it more puréed (like how I like mine), take an immersion blender and blend it right in the pot to the desired consistency. If you taste it now in it’s hot state, it won’t appear nearly as sweet as it will once it’s cooled in the fridge due to the congealing process – but you can make it even sweeter by stirring in some optional honey now if you wish (I didn’t)
- Transfer the sauce to a container with a good air-tight lid or mason jars and put it in the fridge overnight to cool. THIS is when it will thicken up some and the sweetness will really come out in the applesauce
- Enjoy! This goes GREAT on its own or with my popular Potato Pancake Pillows!