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No-Added-Sugar, Instant Pot Spiced Applesauce

homemade apple sauce for the Instant Pot from Albuquerque Moms Blog

Is there anything that feels more like fall or winter than having your entire kitchen smell like cinnamon and spice? What else can bring on a feeling of being cozy and warm like that smell can? And all you need is a handful of ingredients to have your homemade applesauce the whole family will love.

As the name implies, there’s no added sugar, but it’s still sweet and perfect for little ones—my toddler devours it. And this recipe is quick and easy to prep. Once you have it in the Instant Pot, you don’t have to do anything else until it’s done. What could be better? 

A Few Notes on Spiced Applesauce 

Let’s talk about the apples. It’s best if you use a mix of sweet and sweetly-sour apples, such as Autumn Harvest or Sweet Tango and Pink Lady. And you can change the ratio depending on how sweet you want your applesauce to be. However, I wouldn’t use super sour apples like Granny Smith. And if you just need a little bit more sweetness, you can always add a pear. 

Peeling the apples makes the end result easier to deal with. But it does take time. Also, if you like cooking shortcuts like me and decide to forego the peeling (added fiber!), you’ll have to run the applesauce through the blender instead of mashing it. This will make sure the skins are fully ground up. 

No Instant Pot? No Problem. 

Don’t have an Instant Pot? No problem! You can easily make this applesauce on the stove. It takes a little longer. And you’ll have to watch carefully to make sure the water doesn’t boil out completely, but the results are the same.

Simply simmer the apples on medium to medium-low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the apples are very mushy and falling apart.

Again, watch the pot carefully. The water will at some point boil out (it can happen several times over the duration). If you don’t add more water (another cup is fine), you’ll end up with burnt apples and a scorched pot. 

No-Sugar-Added, Instant Pot Spiced Apple Sauce
Yields 3
A simple, warming, homemade spiced apple sauce the whole family will love.
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322 calories
84 g
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1 g
2 g
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726 g
208 g
63 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
726g
Yields
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 208mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 84g
28%
Dietary Fiber 15g
59%
Sugars 63g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
47%
Calcium
5%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 pounds of apples (about 12 medium-large apples)
  2. 1 1/2 cups water
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla
  4. 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Peel the apples, core them (or cut around the core), chop them into large chunks, and add to the pot.
  2. Add the water, vanilla, spices, and salt to the pot and mix.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Once the apple sauce is done cooking, release the pressure, then mash the apples until you achieve the consintantcy you want.
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calories
322
fat
1g
protein
2g
carbs
84g
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