This Homemade Applesauce is so easy to make in the Instant Pot and such a fun way to use up apples. I make a couple batches every year to put in the freezer. If you want a fun twist on a classic applesauce, try out my Red Hot Applesauce!
- 12-14 large apples. I usually use a variety of types. Cortland, Honeycrisp, and Jonathan are all yummy in applesauce.
- ¾ C. water
- ⅓ C. granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, optional
- Wash, peel, and cut apples into 1-inch pieces.
- Place the cut up apples into your Instant Pot. Add the water, secure the lid, and set the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes, then natural release.
- Immediately stir in the sugar and cinnamon, if desired. You can totally make this an “unsweetened” applesauce with no added sugar. I scoop out some to leave plain and then add cinnamon to the rest. Stir well to break up the clumps. Leave the applesauce slightly chunky and stop here, or blend in a blender or food processor for a smoother consistency.
- Cool applesauce completely and store in jars in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. 12-14 large apples should yield approximately 10 cups of Homemade Applesauce.
To make this recipe on the stove, add the chopped apples to a large saucepan, stir in the water, then cook over medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until the apples are very soft. Follow the rest of the steps above.