No-peel Instant Pot apple butter made with fresh apples made tender, puréed, and seasoned with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Perfect for spreading on toast or adding to apple butter cupcakes.
This is a delicious Instant Pot apple butter recipe!
I first made it in an Instant Pot so that I could make my apple butter cupcakes, which are super yummy if I do say so myself.
In this recipe, the apples can be left peeled or unpeeled. I’ve made it both ways and leaving the skin on is not an issue. The skin of the apple gets so tender and then is puréed with an immersion blender or food processor.
I run into small pieces left behind, but it’s nothing that can’t be picked out.
Want more fall desserts? Check out these 36 fun fall cupcakes!
Why is it called butter?
It’s actually not the consistency of butter. It’s more like a fruit jam or jelly but has less sugar content. It also spreads much easier, like butter.
Instant Pot Apple Butter Ingredients
- Apples (I used Red Delicious, but other kinds work too.)
- Brown Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Ground Cinnamon
- Lemon Juice
How to Make Apple Butter in the Instant Pot
- Add sliced apples, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, salt, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and allspice to the Instant Pot and stir to coat apple slices.
- Place lid on, and seal the vent. Set to ‘Manual’ and set the timer to 15 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, allow to natural release for 10 minutes then open the vent (carefully, with an oven mitt so the hot steam does not burn you.)
- Purée apples with an immersion blender, a blender, or a food processor. Be very careful if transferring as it’s extremely hot!
- If any apple skin is left after blending, discard it.
- Next, set Instant Pot to the Saute setting and cook for 5-10 minutes, while stirring often, until it is thickened.
Uses for Apple Butter
- Apple Butter Cupcakes
- Mix into your morning oatmeal
- Spread on toast
- Use it in a pie recipe in place of pumpkin puree
- Use it in a bread recipe in place of banana
- Spoon it on to Kolacky’s cookies
- Make apple turnovers
- Spread on to pancakes
- Bake on top of pork chops or ham
How to Store Homemade Apple Butter
Store in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks. If you don’t think you will get through it all in 1-2 weeks it can be kept frozen too.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months, but be sure to leave room at the top of the container for it to expand as it freezes.
Try these other fall favorites!
- Boozy Apple Slushies
- Easy Breakfast Casserole with Sausage and Potatoes
- Texas Roadhouse Honey Cinnamon Butter Monkey Bread
- Iced Pumpkin Bread
- Pecan Tassies
- Pumpkin Cupcakes
Instant Pot Apple Butter
- 2 pounds Apples (I used Red Delicious), cored and sliced in quarters. They can be peeled or unpeeled.
- 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 4 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- ⅛ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- ⅛ teaspoon Allspice
- Add all ingredients to Instant Pot and stir to coat apple slices.
- Place lid on, and close vent. Set to ‘Manual’ and set timer to 15 minutes. Once timer goes off, allow to natural release for 10 minutes then open the vent (carefully, with an oven mitt so the hot steam does not get you.)
- Purée apples with an immersion blender or in a blender or food processor (be very careful if transferring as it’s extremely hot!) If any apple skin is left, remove it.
- Next, to reach desired consistency, set Instant Pot to ‘Saute’ and cook for 5-10 minutes while stirring often.
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Made homemade applesauce with peeled apples yesterday so was very happy to find this recipe for apple butter without having to peel! I was a little nervous about not adding any additional liquid beside a little lemon juice to the Instant Pot, but it turned out great! Thank you for this recipe!
Hi I’m Shari, How much does this make ? And could I put this in freezer jars abs seal the lid? Store in freezer? I’ve never made anything like this abs this looks so good. Thank you ~ Shari H
This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of apple butter. It can be canned in sealed jars or you can store it in the freezer.
If you do freeze it, store it in an airtight container for up to 3 months, but be sure to leave room at the top of the container for it to expand as it freezes.
If you have any more questions let me know!
My kids enjoy apple butter and loved this recipe. We did alter it by using apple peels as they were piling up and for that reason I put it through a strainer after blender to get rid of most of the stems, seeds and peels. Did everything else according to the recipe and may never do it any other way again, Nice, fast and easy! Thank you for the recipe!