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Instant Pot Apple Butter is full of Fall flavors and can be served in many ways. It’s an easy recipe that everyone will love and makes a delicious gift from the kitchen.

I always look forward to the Fall season. Cooler temps, leaves changing colors and apples! I love the many apple varieties that come into season over the course of a few months.

One of my favorite ways to use apples is in homemade apple butter. For those who have tried it, you know it’s amazing!

And if you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you are missing. Either way, you need to make a batch stat!

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With the holidays right around the corner, think about making a couple batches of apple butter or pear jam for gifts. Simply package in small, decorative jars. It’s a great addition to an edible gift basket.

You can find cute, affordable jars on Amazon. Or try your local craft store – it’s cheaper than buying single jars from the kitchen area in department stores. 

Add the finishing touch with a cute label or a seasonal ribbon. It makes an easy homemade gift – great for teachers, neighbors, work gift exchanges, and just for sharing if you get carried away and make too much. 

Before I forget, check out how I made Instant Pot Apple Cider. It’s another delicious recipe using this flavorful Fall fruit. 

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What You Need to Make Instant Pot Apple Butter




granulated sugar 

light brown sugar




lemon juice 


Which Apples Are the Best to Use for Apple Butter 

I recommend a combination of Granny Smith, Braeburn, Gala and Fuji. These varieties are a nice blend of sweet and tart and hold up best to cooking.

How to Make Apple Butter in the Instant Pot

Start by peeling the apples, then cutting them into quarters and removing the cores. Place them in the Instant Pot liner. 

Add the remaining ingredients to the inner pot (the order doesn’t matter). 

Put the lid on and slide the valve into the Sealing position. Cook for 20 minutes on High pressure. 

two image collage with apple butter ingredients in the inner pot then showing after it's cooked

Once the timer goes off, allow all of the pressure to release naturally, which will take about 20 minutes. 

Then take the lid off and stir. 

Pour the mixture into a blender or use an immersion blender right inside the inner pot, blending until smooth. 

Depending on the texture you like, you can leave it a little chunky by not fully blending it. 

For a Thicker Apple Butter 

If you want a thicker apple butter leave it in the Instant Pot after the initial cooking phase. Change the function to Slow Cooker. Cook it for up to two hours on Low, or until it reaches your desired consistency. 

apple butter on a spoon after being cooked in the instant pot

Tips for Making 

  • Peeling the apples results in a smoother butter but you can leave the peels on if you prefer more texture.
  • I recommend having a dedicated silicone ring for making sweet dishes in the Instant Pot. The silicone rings absorb food scents and can transfer the savory odors to your sweet dishes. No one wants their delicious apple butter to taste like Taco Soup

How to Store Apple Butter

Allow the apple butter to cool completely before storing in jars. To freeze, place it in portions in a freezer-safe container, which will last up to 3 months. 

When stored in the refrigerator, it will last one to two weeks in an airtight container. 

How to Serve 

We like to serve it on warm biscuits, toast or English muffins. It’s also good in oatmeal, on pancakes or with crackers & cheese. And it’s a fun addition to a Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board.

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Instant Pot Apple Butter

Instant Pot Apple Butter is full of Fall flavors and can be used in many ways. It's an easy recipe that everyone will love and makes a delicious gift from the kitchen.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom


  • 4 pounds apples, any combination of Granny Smith, Braeburn, Gala or Fuji
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  • Peel and quarter the apples, removing the cores. Place peeled apples in the Instant Pot inner liner.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Set the valve to Sealing. Cook on High pressure for 20 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally (this will take 15-20 minutes).
  • After the pressure is released, carefully open the lid and give it a stir.
  • Pour contents into a blender jar and blend until smooth (make sure you follow manufacturer instructions for blending hot foods). Or use an immersion blender right in the pot. You can leave it a little chunky if you prefer.
  • If you like a thicker sauce, continue cooking on the Slow Cooker function on Low. Cook for an additional 30 minutes – 2 hours, until you reach desired thickness.
  • Place in jars and allow to cool before refrigerating.


  • You can leave the peels on the apples if you prefer more texture.
  • Keeps in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks in airtight jars.
  • Can be frozen up to 3 months in freezer-safe containers.
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Nutritional Estimate

Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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