Easy Instant Pot Applesauce in a small jar with cinnamon stick
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Easy Instant Pot Applesauce (no added sugar)

It's just apples and water (and a little bit of lemon juice), but you'd never guess it with how sweet and delicious this easy applesauce is!  It makes a wonderful after school snack!!  Make a little or a lot and freeze the leftovers!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Make-Ahead Meal Mom


  • 5-14 apples, any variety or combination of varieties The amount of apples will vary. You can make a little or a lot, depending on how many you have and how big your Instant Pot is. For my 8qt model, my max was about 16 apples I think.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (to preserve color)


Prepare apples depending on preferred method and available tools:

  • If you are using a food mill or high-powered blender, core and cut apples.  No need to peel.
  • If using a masher or immersion blender, peel, core and cut apples.

To cook:

  • Add prepared apples, water and lemon juice to the cooking pot of your Instant Pot.
  • Put lid on and close vent.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes.  When time is up, allow 10 minute natural release, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Drain apples and reserve cooking liquid.
  • Working in batches if needed, add cooked apples to food mill or blender to process, or use a masher or immersion blender right in the cooking pot to blend.  Add in reserved cooking liquid (if needed) until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Serve warm, or allow to cool.

To store:

  • Store in covered container in the refrigerator for a week or two, or place in freezer containers or bags and freeze for longer storage.


You can add ground cinnamon, nutmeg, apple pie spice, etc. if you'd like.  My kids like it plain so I rarely add anything extra.  You can also sweeten with sugar or other sweetener if you choose.