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Instant Pot Apple Butter

How to make Sugar Free Spiced Instant Pot Apple Butter (Pressure Cooker Apple Butter). Deliciously warm homemade apple butter with no added sugar. Great as a spread, flavoring, side dish, or filling. Perfect DIY Christmas Gift!
Servings 750 ml - 900 ml
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins


  • 5 pounds (2335g) your favorite apples (we used Organic Gala Apples) , quartered & cored (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 (9g) cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ cup (63ml) water
  • ½ teaspoon whole allspice , freshly ground
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)
  • teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • Optional: sweetener to taste (Brown Sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup, or Molasses)


  • Pressure Cook Apples: Place ⅛ tsp fine sea salt, ½ tsp allspice, ½ (1g) teaspoon nutmeg, 2 (9g) cinnamon sticks, ¼ cup (60 ml) water and 5 lbs (2.34 kg) quartered apples in the pressure cooker. Close the lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes, then 20 minutes Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  • Blend & Sweeten: Remove the two cinnamon stick and blend the applesauce mixture into desired consistency with an immersion blender. Taste the applesauce mixture and add in fancy molasses or other sweetener for more sweetness (for reference, we added ¼ cup (63ml) fancy molasses). Please adjust accordingly.

Make Apple Butter (Choose One Method):

  • Method One - Saute Less: Use Saute Less function (Instant Pot: Press Cancel and Click sauté button once and click on adjust button twice to get to the Saute Less Function) to thicken the applesauce mixture until desired consistency & color. Roughly 30 minutes - 1 ½ hour. Stir occasionally. The applesauce mixture will splatter, so use a splatter guard, be very careful and wear a silicone mitt.
  • Method Two - Slow Cook More: Use the Slow Cook More function with the lid off (Instant Pot: Press Cancel and Click Slow Cook button once and click on adjust button to get to the Slow Cook More Function) to thicken the applesauce mixture until desired consistency & color. Roughly 4 - 8 hours.


How to Thicken Apple Butter: please take note that the apple butter will thicken up even more once chilled in the refrigerator.
Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 135kcal


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.4mg