How to Make Easy Instant Pot Applesauce

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make our favorite Instant Pot Applesauce just in time for apple season!

making apple sauce in the kitchen with the kids

It’s Fall Ya’ll!

It took a bit of convincing, but yes the cooler weather has got me back in my kitchen. Our apple trees had a great year, which is always exciting!

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We’ve been snacking on apples and cooking up some warm applesauce to freeze for the winter. And by winter I mean, it’ll last until the end of November, maybe!

We will be using our Instant Pot for this recipe, but we have also made this applesauce in the Crock Pot or in our Dutch Oven.

instant pot and peeled apples

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Prep Apples

Wash, peel, core and cut apples. We love using this little machine that does all of that for us!

The kids love to help prep and core the apples using our Johnny Apple Peeler!

peeling apples

Add the Ingredients for the Apple Sauce

After coring and peeling, I cut the apples in half and toss them into the instant pot with 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of red hots.

applesauce ingredients

Seal your Instant Pot and use the ‘steam’ setting for 20 minutes.

Blend your Apple Sauce

Once your sauce is done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally, remove lid and chop up a bit and stir. The apples should be soft. I use my immersion blender to blend to a smooth consistency.

smooth applesauce

At this point you could add a bit of sugar, stevia or honey for more sweetness. We used our honey crisp apples and didn’t need to add any sugar this time.

Jar it up!

jared applesauce

We fill up little jars and add easy lids so the kids can take them from the fridge to school. Freezing larger jars of applesauce is a great way to have the sweet taste of fall all year round.

jarred apple sauce in freezer

smooth apple sauce

Easy Instant Pot Applesauce

When apples are abundant or you just want to have a taste of the fall, mid-winter this recipe cooks up quick and easy!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Snack


  • instant pot
  • Immersion Blender
  • Jars


  • 1 Pot of washed, peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Red Hots
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice


  • First wash your apples.
  • Peel, core and cut up the apples and add them to your instant pot.
  • Add 1 Cup of Water, 1 Cup of Red Hot Candies and 1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
  • Seal your Instant Pot and place on Steam mode for 20 minutes
  • Allow to release naturally.
  • Use an immersion blender to reach smooth consistency of applesauce.
  • Jar up and either eat, refrigerate or freeze!
  • You could opt to can this sauce also. Just follow the directions that come with your jars.

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