This Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce is quick, easy, and no preservatives! Perfect snack for the whole family!
Why make my own applesauce?
I love making my own applesauce at home because it saves me money, and I know exactly what goes into my ingredients. And no preservatives!
Can my kids help?
Yes! My daughter started helping me make and prep applesauce when she was just 3 years old! This recipe has made great memories.
I bought her a montessori-type knife that would cut fruit, but was completely safe for her!
This is the knife set she uses – and there are so many different colors! She specifically would use the all pink knife.
I would set up a cutting board for her and I – she would chop after I peeled the apples. Then she would place those chopped apples in the Instant Pot. Once we were all done with our apples, she would help add water to the pot, and press the buttons to start the Instant Pot.
Everything after this step is dangerous and you are dealing with a pressure cooker, and hot water and apples. I highly recommend not allowing children help after step 4…but they can help at the end – eating it! Yummy!
Applesauce is perfect for on the go!
Just before the recipe, if you scroll down, I linked all of my favorite pouches that I add this applesauce to! Here’s one example:
While these pouches are great for on the go, they are also great for your little toddlers and babies at home!
You can make a large batch of applesauce in these pouches, and use this functional fridge organizer for your pouches:
This recipe includes cinnamon…what if I don’t like it?
No problem! Just omit the cinnamon! My family and I like the flavor of the cinnamon since we don’t add sugar. But if you don’t like it, or are allergic, just don’t add it!
Can I sweeten my applesauce?
Absolutely! Add your granulated sugar after you have blended your applesauce. I suggest adding a little at a time, mix, and then taste. Continue to add your sugar until it reaches your desired sweetness.
Here are some fun variations to your applesauce!
When you add your chopped apples to your Instant Pot, add the following:
- Strawberry applesauce: Add 1 lbs diced strawberries to 1 lbs diced apples
- Mango Peach: Add 1/2 pound diced mango and 1/2 pound diced peach to 1 lbs diced apples.
- Mixed berries: Add 1 lbs mixed berries to 1 lbs diced apples
- And more! Leave a comment below if you made a different and fun variation! I would love to hear about it!
How long should I blend my apples?
Personally, I am very light handed when blending my applesauce. I like my applesauce on the chunkier side. But if you prefer it smoother, just blend a little longer!
If you decide that you want to add your applesauce to a pouch, you will probably want your applesauce to be smoother so the applesauce can be sucked through the hole.
Apples – For this specific recipe, I used Fuji apples. They tend to be on the cheaper side, while giving off a yummy sweetness.
Ground cinnamon – you can omit this ingredient if you don’t want cinnamon in your applesauce, and would prefer just regular!
Prep your apples by peeling and coring. Dice into large chunks. Add your apple chunks to your Instant Pot.
Add your water. Instant Pot sizes various, as well as other pressure cookers. You may need to add more water. Make sure that you have enough water to just barely cover your apple chunks, and they just start to float. Close the lid on your Instant Pot, and close the sealing valve. Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure for 5 minutes. It will take time to come to pressure.
Once your Instant Pot is done cooking, keep them in the pot for another 20 minutes. Release the pressure of your Instant Pot. Once the pressure is released, take off the lid, and strain your apples.
Add your apples back to the Instant Pot and blend with your immersion blender. If you don’t have one, transfer to a blender and blend. Add your cinnamon (you may choose to omit or add more if preferred).
Allow to cool and serve!
My grocery list!
Supplies I used!
For this recipe, I used one of my favorite kitchen gadgets – the Instant Pot! This is the size and type I have:
A great addition to your Instant Pot is an extra inner pot and silicone lid. After you have served up your Applesauce, and you still have leftovers, you can keep it in this pot, and throw it right in the fridge!
You will need an apple peeler for this recipe. I suggest this one!
I like to store my applesauce in mason jars! These are my favorite with these plastic lids!
I love these reusable food pouches to serve applesauce to my little one’s! Not only are they eco-friendly because they are reusable, but they will save you so much money instead of buying the store bought applesauce pouches! Oh yeah, and they are so CUTE! Here are a couple of my favorite ones!
I have tried blending my applesauce two ways before: an immersion blender and a regular blender. I have found that using an immersion blender is the easiest and most efficient. I love that I can clean only the instant pot, and not a blender as well. Blender’s are bulky and have more pieces than an immersion blender. Here is the immersion blender I have:
I used this strainer to remove any excess water after cooking my apples:
If you like this recipe, try out these other Instant Pot recipes!
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup – This instant pot chicken noodle soup is a delicious, hearty soup loaded with chicken and oodles of noodles.
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili – With cooler days coming, Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili is the right choice for a quick dinner at home with the family or with friends.
Instant Pot Tricolor Rotini Pasta Salad – Instant pot pasta salad is simple to make, cooks fast, tastes delicious and is so flavorful. Basically, let your instant pot do all the work for you!
Instant Pot Tortellini Carbonara – If you are looking for a quick and easy meal for your family, or you have company coming for dinner, but it’s been “one of those days” Tortellini Carbonara could be the answer for you! Try this Instant Pot Tortellini Carbonara!
Instant Pot Lasagna – Lasagna is the perfect meal comfort food! Our family loves to make this when friends come to visit, for families with new babies after a hospital stay, or when we just need something delicious and easy!
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Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce
- 1 Pressure Cooker
- 1 Cutting Board
- 1 Sharp Knife
- 1 Apple Peeler
- 1 Strainer
- 1 Immersion Hand Blender
- 6 lbs Apples any, I used Fuji Apples
- 5 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 4 cups water
- Prep your apples by peeling and coring. Dice into large chunks.
- Add your apple chunks to your Instant Pot.
- Add your water. Instant Pot sizes various, as well as other pressure cookers. You may need to add more water. Make sure that you have enough water to just barely cover your apple chunks, and they just start to float.
- Close the lid on your Instant Pot, and close the sealing valve.
- Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure for 5 minutes. It will take time to come to pressure.
- Once your Instant Pot is done cooking, keep them in the pot for another 20 minutes.
- Release the pressure of your Instant Pot. Once the pressure is released, take off the lid, and strain your apples.
- Add your apples back to the Instant Pot and blend with your immersion blender. If you don't have one, transfer to a blender and blend.
- Add your cinnamon (you may choose to omit or add more if preferred).
- Allow to cool and serve!