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Instant Pot Applesauce No Peel Recipe

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Instant Pot applesauce no peel recipe is the quickest and easiest from scratch way to make applesauce.

cinnamon applesauce in a white dish with an cinnamon stick inside

It’s apple season! If you’re looking for a way to use apples this season, this Instant Pot applesauce no peel recipe is a great way! You can use any apples you have on hand to make applesauce.

However, I recommend using apples that are naturally softer and a bit sweeter. Such as Fuji, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith.

Are apples healthy?

Apples are a very healthy fruit, and are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. One medium apple has about 95 calories, 0 gram fat, 1 gram protein, 25 grams carbohydrate, 19 grams of natural sugar, and 3 grams fiber. 

cinnamon applesauce in a white dish with an cinnamon stick inside

I use Autumn Glory apples to make this applesauce. Autumn Glory apples are larger in size and are actually a cross between the Fuji and the Golden Delicious. They are mostly sweet in flavor with caramel and cinnamon notes. I find these apples at my local grocery store.

Making applesauce in the Instant Pot is super easy. It’s also a great starter recipe, especially for those that are a little hesitant about using their pot.

What kind of apples are best for making applesauce?

Softer apples that easily break down when cooked are the best. Golden Delicious, Fuji, McIntosh and Granny Smith are some of the top picks. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Great Instant Pot starter recipe
  • Made from scratch without additives
  • Can customize cinnamon and sugar to your taste
  • Makes a great snack
cinnamon applesauce in a white dish with an cinnamon stick inside


What you’ll need to make this recipe.

How to make this recipe

1 – Start by peeling the apples and removing the cores. Then, chop them up in about ½’-inch pieces. This does not have to be exact at all, just chop them up so they’ll cook down faster in the Instant Pot.

2 – Once the apples are chopped, put them in the pot, along with the water, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Not a fan of cinnamon in applesauce? The cinnamon can be eliminated altogether.

3 – Once all the ingredients are in the pot, secure the Instant Pot lid and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.

4 – When that’s done, let it naturally release for about 10 minutes. Naturally release means to let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally.

5 – Quick release letting out the remaining steam. Quick release means moving the valve from sealing to venting to release any remaining pressure.

6 – After apples are done cooking, remove the lid and place apples into a colander. This removes any additional water that is left from cooking. Be sure not to rinse the apples, you are only draining excess water.

7 – Once the water is drained, place the apples back in the Instant Pot. Mash up the apples to the desired consistency of applesauce. The apples will be very soft. I use the back of a wooden spoon until I get the consistency I like, which is a little on the chunkier side. 

If you like your applesauce very thin, you can place them in a blender to break down the apples even further.

cinnamon applesauce in a white dish with an cinnamon stick inside top view

How do I store homemade applesauce?

Once applesauce is cooled, place in an ai tight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Can I freeze homemade applesauce?

Once applesauce is cooled, place in a freezer safe resealable bag or airtight container and store in freezer for up to 2 months.

Calories per serving (1/2 cup): 134

You can also find my FREE Instant Pot cheat sheets here.

Yield: 6 Servings

Instant Pot Applesauce No Peel Recipe

cinnamon applesauce in a white dish with an cinnamon stick inside

Instant Pot applesauce no peel recipe is the quickest and easiest from scratch way to make applesauce.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 pounds apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place all ingredients in Instant Pot. Stir and mix ingredients together.
  2. Secure lid on Instant Pot and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  3. Let natural release for 10 minutes. Then quick release for remaining steam.
  4. Remove lid. Drain apples in a colander until excess liquid is removed. Return apples to Instant Pot and mash apples to desired consistency. Chill and serve.


I used Autumn Glory apples.

The Instant Pot needs to come to pressure before the cooking time starts, similar to an oven that needs to preheat. The cooking time doesn't actually start until pressure builds, which can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, sometimes longer depending on how full the pot is and how much liquid there is inside. Once it reaches pressure the Instant Pot will beep, and the cook time will begin to count down. Please, make sure to consider that extra time when planning your meal.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 6gSugar: 28gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hmm this is why I love Apples! So many delicious recipes to make. This Instant Pot cinnamon applesauce looks totally mouthwatering. My son will love this.


Monday 6th of April 2020

Homemade apple sauce is the best. I love the addition of all the spices in here, making this so much better than the store-bought version.

Alice | SkinnySpatula

Monday 6th of April 2020

Can't wait to try this. It's really difficult to find decent applesauce in the UK.


Monday 6th of April 2020

This is why I love picking fresh apples -- so I can make applesauce!! Can't wait to try it in my IP this fall!

Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

Monday 6th of April 2020

Wow, what CAN'T the Instant Pot do??? I was craving apple sauce the other day, but didn't have any at home. It didn't even cross my mind to make it myself! Thanks for the recipe :)

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