Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce- Low-Calorie, Gluten-Free
Instant Pot cinnamon applesauce is the quickest and easiest from scratch way to make applesauce.
It’s apple season! If you’re looking for a way to use apples this season, this applesauce made in the Instant Pot 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.
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.
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. 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.
Once all the ingredients are in the pot, secure the Instant Pot lid and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. When that’s done, let it naturally release for about 10 minutes (naturally release means to let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally). Then, quick release letting out the remaining steam (quick release means moving the valve from sealing to venting to release any remaining pressure.)
After apples are done cooking, remove the lid and place them 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. 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.
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How do I store homemade applesauce?
Once applesauce is cooled, place in an air 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 air tight container and store in freezer for up to 2 months.
Ingredients for Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce
- Brown sugar
Calories per serving (1/2 cup): 134
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Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce
- 3 lbs apples, peeled, cored and chopped I used Autumn Glory
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Place all ingredients in Instant Pot. Stir and mix ingredients together.
- Secure lid on Instant Pot and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
- Let natural release for 10 minutes. Then quick release for remaining steam.
- 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.
- 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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