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Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

Flavorful homemade applesauce with cinnamon made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker in just 9 minutes. Quick, easy 5-ingredient delicious Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce recipe made from scratch and so incredibly delicious that you'll want to make it regularly. An outrageously easy apple sauce recipe using a variety of fresh Honeycrisp and granny smith apples pressure cooked until incredibly soft and mushy then hand smoothed into classic applesauce with the perfect balance of sweetness, tartness, and sharp apple flavor.  
Course Breakfast, Snack, vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon apples, instant pot applesauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 131kcal


  • 4 honey crisp apples
  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • cup light brown sugar, packed optional


  • Peel apples.
  • Remove apple core with corer or cut around core.
  • Dice apples to the width of a quarter.
  • In an Instant Pot ( or pressure cooker ) insert, add diced apples, lemon juice, water, and ground cinnamon.
  • Turn device on. Secure lid. Set pressure valve to SEALING. Select MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK; cook on high-pressure for 9 minutes. 
  • Once done, pressure cooker will beep. Allow the pressure valve to "Natural Pressure Release" (keep pressure valve sealed) for 5 minutes. Next, "Quick-Release" (open pressure valve). Once pressure pin drops, open the lid and turn off the device.
  • Smooth applesauce with a potato masher or whisk. It should't take more than a few strokes but if it's not smooth enough, pulse in blender or food processor to desired consistancy.
  • Taste applesauce with a clean spoon. If it appears too tart, stir in ¼-¾ cup light brown sugar. I usually stir in about ½ cup brown sugar. See below on adjusting taste.
  • NOTE: Depending on the season apples are harvested, apple sweetness/tartness will vary. To balance the taste, add sugar to make a tart batch more sweet. I like to use brown sugar, espcially when making cinnamon applesauce, but granulated sugar or honey works, too. To make an overly sweet batch more tart, add lemon juice.


Slow Cooker instructions: Place peeled, cored, diced apples in crock pot. Stir in only lemon juice, and cinnamon. Cover with the lid and slow cook on LOW for 4 hours. Once done, add brown sugar to sweeten if desired. Smooth with a potato masher or in a blender.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg