This recipe for no peel instant pot applesauce is the absolute easiest way to make homemade applesauce. It’s quick to make and so much less work since you can leave the skins on the apples!
I’ve been making applesauce since I first got married. It was one of the first homemade healthy snacks I made to replace pre-packaged ones from the store. Probably because we grew up eating it!
My mom used to make a huge pot of applesauce on the stove. She never peeled or blended the apples afterward and the result was a chunky applesauce that looked pretty strange but tasted AMAZING.
For a fun Summertime twist, check out my strawberry applesauce recipe.
There’s just something so comforting about eating a bowl of warm, delicious homemade applesauce when you’re stuck inside on a rainy Fall day. It makes me happy and reminds me of my childhood.
I got my instant pot about 4 years ago, and first thing I tried in it was applesauce. Only 8 minutes of cooking time compared to the hour it used to take me to make it on the stovetop! Sold!
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Why You’ll Like making applesauce With Skins in the instant pot:
Healthier than store-bought
You can make homemade applesauce healthier that the kind you’d get in the grocery store because you control the quality of the ingredients and the amount of sugar in it.
Using organic apples with the skins on, you’ll be getting so many more vitamins and minerals than you would be if you peeled them!
You can make this recipe without any added sugar if you prefer unsweetened applesauce.
This applesauce tastes like spiced apple pie, but with a lot less calories!
You literally just core and chop up the apples, press the button and let the instant pot do it’s thing. No peeling involved!
Quick To Make
After the pressure builds up in the instant pot, it just takes 8 minutes of cooking time to completely soften the apples.
What You Need To Make Homemade Instant Pot Applesauce With skins On:
apples – any variety of apples will work for making homemade applesauce, but tart and sweet apples are best.
apple juice/cider – you need a 1/2 cup of liquid to build up pressure in the instant pot. Water would work, but using apple cider or apple juice doesn’t dilute the flavor of the applesauce.
brown sugar – adding sugar is optional. I usually add sugar to mine since my kids enjoy it when its a bit sweeter. For a healthier option, try using honey or maple syrup instead.
cinnamon – adding ground cinnamon makes this applesauce taste like apple pie!
How To Make no peel applesauce in the Instant Pot:
Chop – Wash and dry the apples. Remove the cores and chop them into about 1 inch pieces.
Add – Add the apples, juice/cider and cinnamon to the instant pot.
Pressure Cook – Replace the lid with the pressure release valve open. Secure the lid and close the vent. Set the instant pot to cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
Release – When the time is up, open the vent and quick release the steam.
Mash – When the steam has finished releasing, open the lid and mash the apples with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher. For a smooth applesauce, blend with an immersion blender.
Tips For Success:
To Serve – This applesauce can be served 2 ways:
- Keep it chunky by serving as is straight out of the instant pot.
- Blend it in the blender or use an immersion blender to chop up the peels.
To Store – Homemade applesauce is good in the fridge for 1 week, or frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Variations – For extra tanginess, squeeze a lemon into the apples before cooking.
Substitutions – Water can be substituted for the juice.
FAQ About No Peel Applesauce in the Instant Pot
can you make applesauce in the instant pot?
You sure can! Its super quick and easy. It takes just 8 minutes to pressure cook several pounds of apples until they are soft enough to mash with a fork.
Can you leave the skins on when making applesauce?
No need to peel apples when you make applesauce. The cooking process softens the peels enough to be soft and tender.
If you want to remove them for a smoother applesauce, just press the cooked apples through a fine mesh strainer. Or you can blend the apples, skins and all in a blender or food processor.
Can I use any types of apples for making applesauce in the Instant Pot?
Any apples will work to make homemade applesauce. But the best apples to use are tart, sweet and juicy. Using sweeter apples, you won’t have to to add as much sugar (or any at all!)
Johnathon, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Fuji and Gala apples are my favorites for a flavorful, naturally sweet applesauce.
For no peel instant pot applesauce, avoid Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples because their peels are too tough and won’t be as easy to chew after being cooked.
How do I prevent the Instant Pot applesauce from being too watery?
Using apples that are recommended for making applesauce, such as Jonathon, Pink Lady or Honey Crisp will help ensure your applesauce isn’t too juicy and runny.
If your applesauce is turning out too watery, you might be using too much liquid in the instant pot. You only need to use 1/2 cup of either water or apple juice for 5 pounds of apples.
What is the best way to store Instant Pot no peel applesauce?
You can store applesauce in several different ways:
- In an airtight container in the fridge for a week.
- In the freezer in a gallon sized zip lock bag for up to 6 months.
- Homemade applesauce can last up to 18 months if you can it properly.
Is Instant Pot applesauce safe for canning?
I have successfully canned this recipe using these instructions, but do your own research first to make sure you end up with canned goods that are safe for eating.
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