If you love fall flavors, you’ll want to try this Instant Pot Apple Butter with no added sugars. Serve your apple butter with toast, oatmeal, or even on top of pancakes. Everyone loves this sugar-free apple delicacy.

a jar of apple butter

Nothing says fall like a jar of apple butter! You can make it on the stovetop or in a crockpot, but my favorite quick and easy way is in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.

This no-fuss apple butter recipe is a breeze to make and it doesn’t take all day. Apple butter is essentially homemade apple sauce that has thickened and lightly caramelized. The Instant Pot quickly cooks the apples while the sauté function thickens it into a smooth apple spread. It is SO GOOD!

Eat your homemade apple butter by the spoonful as a tasty treat, or spread it on toast, muffins, pancakes, or oatmeal. It also tastes amazing served with savory recipes like baked tofu, roasted pork, or chicken.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Red apples and apple cider are naturally very sweet on their own. This means you don’t need any added sugar for a delicious and smooth apple butter.
  • Apple butter makes a thoughtful and homemade gift. It’s just apples, spices, cider, and lemon which means even friends with allergies can enjoy this homemade treat.
  • Making homemade apple butter is a great way to use up extra apples.

Key Ingredients

Sweet red apples – Be sure to choose sweet apples like Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, or your favorite apples. Granny smith will be too tart for this recipe.

Unsweetened apple cider or juice – Although apple cider tastes sweet, it is actually made with only apples. It is usually unfiltered and sometimes unpasteurized. You can find it in the grocery store in the refrigerated section during the fall. If you can’t find it apple juice will work too.

Spices – Cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg make this apple butter taste just like fall! You could also use an apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice blend.

Lemon – The acidity of the lemon cuts the sweetness a bit and gives this apple butter the perfect balance.

ingredients for apple butter

Recipe Steps

Step One

Wash, core, and slice your apples. Put all the apples into the Instant Pot.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Add the apple juice, spices, vanilla, and lemon juice then stir to combine.

Step Three

Lock on the lid and set the time to 10 minutes at high pressure. Once the cooking time is up let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes.

how to make apple butter in the instant pot

Step Four

Use the quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure then remove the lid. Carefully blend the apples with an immersion blender until smooth.

Step Five

Press the sauté button and then set the time to 15 minutes. Put on the lid to prevent hot apple butter from splattering. Once it’s thick it should be a dark golden brown color.

simmered apple butter in instant pot

Step Six

Transfer the apple butter to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve cold or at room temperature on toast, oatmeal, or pancakes.

I hope you and your family love this pressure cooker apple butter.

apple butter served on oatmeal

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You don’t need to peel the apples for this recipe. Just leave on those apple peels as they will melt into the apple mixture.
  • Please note that if you use apple cider, it is different than apple cider vinegar. Apple cider is non-alcoholic and can be found in the refrigerated beverage section of most grocery stores during the fall and winter months.
  • Try to find the sweetest apples for this recipe that you can. I like Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp. Don’t use tart apples as they will not be sweet enough.
  • Store your apple butter in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or, you can freeze the apple butter for up to two months (or can it in mason jars for longer-term storage).
a spoonful of apple butter

FAQs

What’s the difference between applesauce and apple butter?

Applesauce is a sauce made from apples that have been cooked and pureed. Apple butter is applesauce that has been cooked longer into a thick and smooth spread. The apples caramelize and the flavors are more intense than applesauce.

Will apple butter thicken as it cools?

Yes, the apple butter will continue to thicken some as it cools. Don’t worry if the apple butter is slightly runny while hot.

What can you put apple butter on?

Apple butter can go on muffins, biscuits, banana bread, pumpkin bread, toast, oatmeal, pork, or even chicken.

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a jar of apple butter

Instant Pot Apple Butter


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Description

If you love fall flavors, you’ll want to try this Instant Pot Apple Butter with no added sugars. Serve your apple butter with toast, oatmeal, or even on top of pancakes. Everyone loves this sugar-free apple delicacy.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 5 pounds sweet red apples (about 15-18 medium apples)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Instructions

  1. Wash your apples and then core and slice them.
  2. Combine the sliced apples inside a 6-quart Instant Pot.
  3. Add the apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Lock on the lid and set the time to 10 minutes at high pressure.
  6. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes.
  7. Then, use the quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure. Carefully remove the lid.
  8. Use a hand immersion blender to blend the cooked apple mixture until it is smooth. You can also transfer the cooked apple mixture to a food processor (always be cautious when blending hot liquids).
  9. To thicken the apple butter, then press the Sauté button on your Instant Pot. Set the time to 15 minutes and put a splatter guard or a glass lid on top of the Instant Pot to prevent splattering.
  10. When the apple butter is done thickening, it should be a dark golden brown color and thick like thick applesauce (it will further thicken in the refrigerator).
  11. Transfer the apple butter to a container with a lid and place in the refrigerator to chill and further thicken for at least 2 hours.
  12. Serve cold or at room temperature, with your choice of toast, oatmeal, or pancakes.

Notes

  1. You don’t need to peel the apples for this recipe.
  2. Please note that if you use apple cider, it is different than apple cider vinegar. Apple cider is non-alcoholic and can be found in the unrefrigerated beverage section of most grocery stores during the fall and winter months.
  3. Try to find the sweetest apples for this recipe that you can. I like Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp. Don’t use green apples as they will not be sweet enough.
  4. Store your apple butter in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or, you can freeze the apple butter for up to two months (or can it for longer-term storage).
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot apple butter no sugar, instant pot apple butter for canning, pressure cooker apple butter

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