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Instant Pot Apple Butter

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


There’s no fall recipe simpler than this Instant Pot Apple Butter! Stove-top instructions are provided as well.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (see note 3, use fresh for sugar free) (see note 2)
  • 4 pounds apples (about 7-8 large), cored and diced, peeled if desired
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar, optional (use any sugar or omit to make sugar free)
  • Pinch grated or ground ginger OR 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, optional
  • Juice of 1 small lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons juice)


  1. Prepare apples: Wash, core, and dice your apples. You may peel if you wish, but I don’t.
  2. Instant Pot Method: Add the orange juice (other other liquid) to your Instant Pot first. Then add the apples, cinnamon, sugar if using, and ginger if using. Stir and add the lid, set the pressure valve to “sealing” and cook on Manual or High Pressure (or just press Pressure Cook) for 4 minutes. Yup, just 4 minutes! When the pressure cooker is done, use a cooking spoon to carefully release the pressure by switching the pressure valve to “venting” and let the pressure release completely before you open the lid. With Instant Pots, the pressure button will be in the lowered position--please consult the manual of your pressure cooker for safety.
  3. Stovetop Method: Add your peeled or unpeeled diced apples to a medium-sized pot and add the rest of the ingredients except the lemon. Give everything a good stir. Cook over medium heat for about 30-40 minutes, stirring often, or until the apples are soft enough to mush with your spoon.
  4. Strain: Strain out the liquid. I like to use it in smoothies.
  5. Blend: Add the apples to a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Store: Let it cool for a little bit before storing. This recipe makes about 5 cups of apple butter. I recommend storing in a glass jar with a lid. If you want to follow canning procedures, apple butter can last several months unopened. Otherwise, refrigerate for up to 5 days. You can freeze any you don’t get to, in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.


  • Note 1: This recipe will work in any pressure cooker, but buttons may be called by other names on non-Instant Pot brand pressure cookers (and in some cases on other models of the Instant Pot brand!). Consult your manual for any questions based on your specific brand of pressure cooker. The Instant Pot I’m using is an Instant Pot Duo 6qt.
  • Note 2: I chose orange juice because I love the citrusy flavor it gives the apple butter. However, apple cider, apple juice (I’d recommend NOT from concentrate), or even just water will work, though it will be less flavorful. I think the more traditional option is apple cider, but you do you.
  • Note 3: Use any apples you like. I used rave apples. This recipe is great for using up apples that have a less than desirable texture. Peel or don’t peel your apples, it’s up to you. I think they get soft enough to blend well, but if you have a blender that isn’t so good, you may want to peel your apples first.
  • Prep Time: 11 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Category: Ingredient
  • Method: Pressure Cooker, Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Can Be Sugar-Free