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Instant pot apple butter in small glass jar.
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Instant Pot Apple Butter

Naturally sweetened, with a handful of pantry ingredients, this instant pot apple butter is a simple recipe to make when you have a lot of apples that need to be used! Package and give as gifts, or enjoy throughout the autumn and winter seasons.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Sauté20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: spreads
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 48 2 tbsp
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Alison Corey



  • 5 lbs apples peeled and cored
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place apples into the Instant Pot and stir in the lemon juice.
  • Add coconut sugar, water, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract to the apples. Stir to combine.
  • Secure the lid. Set the valve to sealing. Set to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 8 minutes.
  • When cooking time is up, allow Natural Pressure Release for 15 minutes. Manually release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the apple mixture until smooth.
  • Turn Instant Pot to Sauté. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Continue to cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off. Allow the apple butter to completely cool inside the Instant Pot. Once cooled, spoon the apple butter into an airtight container and keep refrigerated for 3 weeks.


Tips for Making Instant Pot Apple Butter
  • Use apples that have a softer texture. This will reduce the cooking time needed.
  • Don't add too much water. The apples themselves contain quite a bit of water and will break down. Adding too much liquid will keep the apples from thickening.
  • Don't leave out the lemon juice. This adds needed acidity and helps the apples keep for longer.
  • Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
  • Can and keep at room temperature for up to 1 year.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 2tablespoon | Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg