Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce

If you’ve never had warm, fresh applesauce, you are in for a treat! Not only is this applesauce a snap to make, but it’s delicious and nutritious. And it’s super-easy in the Instant Pot.

No mystery pouches here. Just simple, wholesome ingredients that combine to make an easy treat, snack, condiment…it’s so versatile! Add it to pancake batter, muffins, serve with pork chops or pour it warm over ice cream. You can also substitute applesauce for the oil in many baked goods.

Store the applesauce covered in the refrigerator. You can also transfer to mason jars to make for an easy on-the-go portion or even use as a sweet gift!

Fuji apples are particularly delicious in this recipe, as are Golden Delicious and Gala. For a more tart outcome, use McIntosh, Jonathan or even Rome tomatoes. Unless you want a super-chunky, super-tart outcome, avoid Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples for this recipe.

Simple, wholesome ingredients that combine to make an easy treat.


  • 12 apples, peeled, cored and quartered (Fuji apples are delicious)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 water
  • Additional cinnamon and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)


  1. Put peeled and quartered apples in the Instant Pot. Add all remaining ingredients, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  2. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 3 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cooked apples to a large-capacity blender or food processor.
  5. Process until smooth and uniform. Add additional pot juices 1/4 cup at a time to achieve desired consistency.
  6. Serve warm or cold with additional cinnamon and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.