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Instant Pot Apple Butter (no peeling)

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Last Updated on September 28, 2023 by Lisa Johnson

What smells and flavors make you think of Fall? My favorite fall recipes include apples and cinnamon. They invoke warm memories of chilly afternoons and tasty treats.

This Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe is the perfect blend of sweetness and spice in every spoonful, without the hassle of peeling or added sugar.

For even more delicious pressure cooker recipes, check out the Instant Pot Recipes page.

Three jars filled with apple butter on a wicker tray with cinnamon sticks and a fall napkin.

What is apple butter?

It is basically a super concentrated, super smooth apple sauce. It is cooked down longer to create an almost paste consistency to spread on your morning toast or pancakes.

Some recipes like my Boulets liégeois work with a thinner version, it really comes down to personal preference and how much patience you have!

I simmered mine for 45 minutes and it is thick enough to stick to a spoon, and the consistency is super smooth and creamy which is the way that I like it. You may prefer to cook for 1.5 hours for a darker, stiffer consistency.

Using an electric pressure cooker is a more hands-off method that cooks the apples in a fraction of the time, versus the more traditional slow-cooked, stove-top method.

Both will create a delicious homemade apple butter, the main difference is the amount of time needed.

Three jars of apple butter on a wicker tray with a fourth on a fall napkin.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • 6 pounds of fresh apples – I used organic Fuji, Honey Crisp and Gala.
  • cinnamon sticks
  • ground allspice
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • pure vanilla extract
  • sea salt
  • unsweetened apple cider, apple juice, or filtered water

Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below

No I did not forget to list sugar, I didn’t uses any. Ultimately the decision to add a sweetener will be up to you, your personal tastes and whether you use sweet apples, tart apples, or a combination of apple varieties.

a honey crisp, gala, and fuji apple lined up on a wood cutting board with more apples in the background.

(yes that is a typo: Fuji not Fiji)

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How to make easy Instant Pot Apple Butter

Core and slice your apples into wedges.

an apple cut into wedges on a wood cutting board with a red, plastic wedge cutter and a whole apple in the background.

Place the apple wedges into the liner of your pressure cooker. Pour the apple cider over the top, then sprinkle with allspice, nutmeg, sea salt, vanilla and add the cinnamon sticks.

apple wedges, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and allspice in a pressure cooker.

Secure the lid and cook on Manual/Pressure Cook at High pressure for 10 minutes.

instant pot set for 10 minutes on manual high pressure with arrows pointing to each illuminated button.

When the pot beeps, natural release the pressure for 20 minutes. Press the knob to release any remaining pressure and carefully remove the lid.

looking down on cooked apple wedges and seasonings in a pressure cooker.

Remove the cinnamon sticks and puree with an immersion blender until smooth.

cooked apples pureed with an immersion blender inside a pressure cooker.

Taste the mixture to determine if you need to add a sweetener or not. (more on this below)

To thicken the apple butter press the Cancel button. Next you will press the Sauté function (button), then press the Adjust button TWICE for “Sauté Less”.

instant pot with white arrows pointing to saute, less and adjust x2.

If you only press the ADJUST button once, you will see the red light under the More setting and not under Less.

Place a splatter screen or loose fitting lid over the top of the apple butter to keep it from splattering everywhere.

metal splatter screen laying over the top of an open instant pot.

Simmer and stir until mixture reaches your desired consistency. This can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on how thick you like your apple butter.

apple butter on a wooden spoon after 30 minutes.

This is after 30 minutes.^^^

apple butter on a wooden spoon that has cooked down for 45 minutes.

And this is after 45 minutes.^^^ The longer you simmer, the thicker and darker your mixture will become. It will continue to thicken once chilled as well.

Three jars of apple butter on a wicker tray with cinnamon sticks.

Expert Tips

  • To sweeten: .25 cup of molasses, .75 cup dark brown sugar, or a combination of .5 cup granulated + .5 cup brown sugar.
  • Two teaspoons of ground cinnamon can be substituted for the cinnamon sticks. This will give you a darker color as well.
  • Freshly ground nutmeg is amazing and adds a sweetness to the apple butter, but ground in a jar will work as well.
  • Apple butter made with sweetener will thickener faster than the unsweetened version. That is part of the reason for the huge time difference.

What kind of apples are best for apple butter?

A mix of apples will give you a nice balance with great flavor, but typically Fuji, Jonagold, Macintosh, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp are good choices.

How do you store Instant Pot apple butter?

Refrigerator: If you plan to consume the apple butter within a few weeks, you can store it in the refrigerator. Transfer the apple butter to clean, airtight containers or glass jars with tight-fitting lids. Make sure the containers are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before use. Refrigerated apple butter can typically last for 2 weeks.

Freezer: To extend the shelf life, you can freeze apple butter for up to 3 months. Allow the apple butter to cool to room temperature. Labels the containers with the date for reference. Transfer it to freezer-safe container or plastic bags, leaving some space at the top to allow for expansion as it freezes.

When you’re ready to use the stored apple butter, remember to check for any signs of spoilage and ensure that the container or jar is properly sealed. If it looks or smells off, it’s best to discard it to avoid any health risks.

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How do you use apple butter?

Apple butter is a versatile condiment that can be used in various sweet and savory dishes.

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Enjoy!!

Three jars filled with apple butter on a wicker tray with cinnamon sticks and fall napkin.

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter

This Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe is the perfect blend of sweetness and spice in every spoonful, without the hassle of peeling or added sugar.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple butter recipe, apple butter recipe no sugar, pressure cooker apple butter recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Pressure Build and Release: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 28 Servings
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds apples Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • .5 teaspoon allspice
  • .5 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • .25 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • .25 cup unsweetened apple cider, apple juice, or water

Instructions

  • Place the apple wedges into the liner of your pressure cooker. Pour the apple cider over the top, then sprinkle with allspice, nutmeg, sea salt, vanilla and add the cinnamon sticks.
  • Secure the lid and cook on Manual/Pressure Cook at High pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the pot beeps, allow the pressure to release manually for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the lid.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Taste the mixture to determine if you need to add a sweetener or not.
  • To thicken the apple butter press the Cancel button. Next you will press the Sauté button, then press the Adjust button TWICE for “Sauté Less”. If you only press the ADJUST button once, you will see the red light under the More setting and not under Less.
  • Place a splatter screen or loose fitting lid over the top of the apple butter to keep it from splattering everywhere.
  • Simmer and stir until mixture reaches your desired consistency. This can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on how thick you like your apple butter. The longer you simmer, the thicker and darker your mixture will become. It will thicken even more once chilled as well, so keep that in mind.
  • Let it cool then transfer into jars and store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or place in freezer containers and freeze for up to 3 months. 

Notes

  • To sweeten: .25-cup of molasses, .75-cup dark brown sugar, or a combination of 0.5-cup granulated + 0.5-cup brown sugar. Maple syrup, honey, agave nectar to taste.
  • Two teaspoons of ground cinnamon can be substituted for the cinnamon sticks. This will give you a darker color as well.
  • Freshly ground nutmeg is amazing and adds a sweetness to the apple butter, but ground in a jar will work as well.
  • Apple butter made with sweetener will thickener faster than the unsweetened version. That is part of the reason for the huge time difference.
  • This recipe makes approximately 76 ounces (9.5 cups) of apple butter. Serving size is calculated at 2 tablespoons. Nutrition calculations are just guidelines and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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