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Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe

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This easy Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe is a delicious preserve that can be used in place of any jam or jelly.

This no-peel Instant Pot Apple butter recipe so it’s incredibly easy to make.

Cooking apple butter in the Instant Pot takes a fraction of the time as the traditional method of cooking apples.

It’s the best Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe that you can make in less than an hour.

 

instant pot applebutter on table with cinnamon sticks and apples

 

The name is deceptive as Apple Butter contains no actual butter.

The name actually refers to the butter-like thick, soft consistency.

Do you know what apple butter is?

And how it’s different from applesauce?

I’ll tell you.

Apple butter is the smoothest, most enticing, spreadable apple spread.

That’s true but more technical: apple butter is just concentrated apple sauce.

You cook apple sauce until the sugar in the apples caramelizes – that’s what gives apple butter it’s rich caramel-like color.

That made me think of caramel apples–but I’m back on track now.

instant pot apple butter in jar next to instant pot appliance with apples in the background

 

Seasoned with cinnamon and clove, this super easy instant pot apple butter is delicious on bread, or when used as an ingredient in baked goods.

Apple butter can be used as a fat substitute in reduced-fat or fat-free cooking, as well as vegan recipes.

Use this Instant Pot Apple Butter as:

Spread: 

Use it as a spread on toast, pastries, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, biscuits, cornbread.

Flavoring: 

Use this super easy Instant Pot apple butter as a mix in yogurt, oatmeal, ice-cream, marinade

Side dish, Condiment: 

This no-peel Instant Pot Apple Butters pairs with pork loin or pork chops, chicken, cheeses, dips

Filling:

Use this easy instant pot apple butter as an add-in into baked goods such as pie fillings, muffins, or classic oatmeal.

Replacement:

Use this apple butter as a replacement for recipes calling for applesauce.

instant pot apple butter in jar being lifted out of jar with knife to spread on bread

 

Soft apples like McIntosh, Granny Smith, and Cortland apples, are a great choice for apple butter because they break down faster when cooked.

The best apples to make Instant Pot Apple Butter with are tart to mildly sweet apples.

These apples work best for this easy Instant Pot Apple Butter:

Granny Smith

Gala

Fuji

Jonagold

McIntosh

Cortland

Or mix them up using a combination of 2 or 3 varieties.

There are so many apple varieties, the possibilities are endless!

This being said, you can use any apples you have, or a combination of apples to make apple butter.

The sugar from the apples breaks down and caramelizes, giving the apple butter a beautiful caramel brown coloring.

You may also want to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for more great recipes like this pressure cooker Apple Butter!

Let’s get on to the deliciousness!

Spread this Instant Pot Apple Butter on pancakes, sandwiches, it goes delicious with cheddar cheese. 

Consider adding it to a cheese and meat board.

It goes well inside a pie.

I love to spread it on the bottom crust of apple or peach pie. 

It’s delicious on croissants.

You’ll find so many foods that this Instant Pot Apple Butter complements.

Forget low and slow–Here’s how to make apple butter in the instant pot.

You can make a half batch if you are using the 3 quart Mini Instant Pot– the cooking time stays the same.

Thick instant pot apple butter in jar with knife resting across heaped with apple butter and red apples in the back

 

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe Ingredients:

5 pounds of apples, cored and quartered

1/4 cup water, or apple juice

2 cinnamon sticks

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup sugar, optional (taste test as the apples may give it plenty of sweetness)

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter

 

 

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe Directions:

Add cored and quartered apples to Instant Pot. Add water and place cinnamon sticks on top of apples

Secure the lid and set the time.

Place lid on Instant Pot and lock it into place.

Turn the valve to “sealing” and set the timer for 20 minutes.

Allow Natural Release.

Allow pressure to release naturally, about 25 minutes.

Remove and discard Cinnamon Stick.

Use an immersion blender to puree apples.

You can also move apples into blender or food processor to puree.

Add remaining ingredients and stir.

Press Saute and reduce to desired consistency 15-45 minutes.

I recommend using a guard or placing the Instant Pot on a mat as the apple butter may pop and splatter as it reduces.

This no-peel Instant Pot Apple butter recipe so it's incredibly easy to make and cooking the apples in the Instant Pot takes a fraction of the time as the traditional method.

Typically apple butter is done when a spoon is dipped in and then turned upside down and “butter” doesn’t fall off of the spoon.

You may also like this Instant Pot Strawberry Habanero Jam recipe.

apple butter in the instant pot in about an hour collage of jar of apple butter

Apple Butter Tips:

You don’t need to peel the apples.

The peels help thicken the apple butter and if you have a high-speed blender you can pour the apple butter in the blender and blend to the silky smooth texture.

Once the peel is soft and blended into the apples, it serves as a natural thickener.

Sugar helps thicken the apple butter.

If you opt not to add the sugar, you’ll have a little longer cooking time to get the apple butter thick.

The longer you cook the apple butter the thicker it will become.

Just make sure you stir frequently.

Store this delicious Instant Pot Apple Butter in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

t’s easy to freeze and take a jar out when needed.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can also make this in a slow cooker, place all ingredients into a slow cooker and turn on low for about 6-8 hours.

Here is a quick video of just how easy it is!

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Yield: 3 pints
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This no-peel Easy Instant Pot Apple butter recipe so it's incredibly easy to make and cooking the apples in the Instant Pot takes a fraction of the time as the traditional method.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds of apples, cored and quartered
  • 1/4 cup water, or apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar, optional (taste test as the apples may give it plenty of sweetness)

Instructions

  1. Add cored and quartered apples to Instant Pot. Add water and place cinnamon sticks on top of apples
  2. Secure the lid and set the time. Place lid on Instant Pot and lock it into place. Turn the valve to "sealing" and set the timer for 20 minutes.
  3. Allow Natural Release. Allow pressure to release naturally, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove and discard Cinnamon Stick.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree apples. You can also move apples into blender or food processor to puree.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  7. Press Saute and reduce to desired consistency 15-45 minutes.

Notes

You don't need to peel the apples. The peels help thicken the apple butter and if you have a high-speed blender you can pour the apple butter in the blender and blend to the silky smooth texture.

Sugar helps thicken the apple butter. If you opt not to add the sugar, you'll have a little longer cooking time to get the apple butter thick.

The longer you cook the apple butter the thicker it will become. Just make sure you stir frequently.

Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 pints Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 131gFiber: 19gSugar: 103gProtein: 2g

Nutritional Information may not be accurate

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Gaye Ellis

Sunday 8th of December 2019

Burned twice.

Julee

Saturday 31st of October 2020

It does require stirring and watching at the end. When you remove the lid and use the blender...you have applesauce...you then have to reduce by stirring and cooking continuously to get the applebutter.

Kelly Hanley

Saturday 6th of October 2018

This looks super yummy! Will have to make this when I get a Insta Pot!

Sarah

Sunday 23rd of September 2018

OK I may be sounding dumb and was hoping to make this today, it says cored and quartered. Do I peel them?

Julee

Sunday 30th of September 2018

I did not peel mine, but you can. It's personal preference.

Sarah L

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Just another reason I want to get an instant pot. It's apple season and I love apple butter.

Carolyn Daley

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

We will have to try out the recipe this fall. It sounds delicious and I would imagine it would taste good on many things like bagels, croissants, waffles, toast, etc.

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