This Instant Pot Baked Apples recipe is a delicious, healthy dessert that is perfect for autumn. You only need 30 minutes and five simple ingredients. This recipe is naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

baked apples inside of the instant pot pressure cooker

Why You Need This Recipe

With apple season quickly approaching, I’ve updated one of the most popular recipes from Clean Eating Kitchen. This Instant Pot Baked Apples recipe is one that I personally like to make year after year (you might also like my recipe for Air Fryer Baked Apples).

Baked apples are such a healthy way to enjoy the flavors of fall. With raisins, chopped nuts, and cinnamon, this tasty dessert is so satisfying.

This recipe is perfect when you want something sweet, but you don’t have the time or desire to make something elaborate. By using the electric pressure cooker, you save time. This recipe is done in just 30 minutes with just five simple ingredients.

baked apple with raisin filling

Key Ingredients

Red apples are the base of this healthy dessert. I like to wait until fall when the apples are harvested. Choose a sweet red apple like Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Gala. You’ll need 4 medium apples.

Chopped nuts add texture and healthy fats. I used almonds but you can also use pecans or walnuts. You could even use pumpkin seeds for a nut-free options.

Raisins add even more texture and natural sweetness. Feel free to leave them out if you don’t like raisins. Or, you could also use dried cranberries.

Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice makes this healthy apple dessert that much more fall-like!

Coconut sugar or brown sugar adds that extra amount of sweetness that makes this a dessert.

photo with ingredients for instant pot baked apples

Recipe Steps

Step One

To make this recipe, first you need to wash and core your apples. I use a melon baller or paring knife to cut out about 1/3 of the inner core, and then I used a spoon to scoop out any excess seeds.

apples that are cored using a melon baller

Step Two

Next, make your mixture that you will use to fill the apples. I recommend coconut sugar or brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped nuts, and raisins.

process photos for making instant pot baked apples

Step Three

Place the trivet or steamer basket inside your Instant Pot along with your water. Then, place the apples on top. Use a spoon to fill each of the apples with the filling.

Step Four

Bake the apples for five minutes at high pressure. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes. Then, use the quick release, remove the lid and use tongs to remove the apples to a serving platter or bowl. 

cooked baked apples served on a tray

Expert Tips & Substitutions

  • Use chopped pumpkin seeds if you need to make this recipe nut-free.
  • If you are on a low-sugar diet, you can cut the amount of sugar in half.
  • Some people like to serve their baked apples with ice cream or whipped cream. Look for dairy-free versions if you need to avoid dairy.
  • If you don’t like raisins, you can use dried cranberries instead. Or, just leave them out.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

FAQs

What are the best types of apples to use for baked apples?

I personally like to use red apples that are sweet. So, Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp are great choices when making baked apples. I tend to stay away from green apples for this recipe, just because they are usually on the tart side and need more sugar to be a dessert recipe.

Can I make this recipe in a 3-quart Instant Pot?

Yes, you can! But, you may have to cut the recipe in half (except be sure to still use one cup of water).

baked apple stuffed with raisins and nuts mixture

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Instant Pot Baked Apples


Description

This Instant Pot Baked Apples recipe is a delicious, healthy dessert that is perfect for autumn. You only need 30 minutes and five simple ingredients. This recipe is naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.


Ingredients

Units
  • 4 sweet red apples
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Wash and core the apples, using a spoon or melon baller to make sure you remove all of the apple seeds. You’ll need to remove about 1/3 of the inner apple to allow enough room for the filling. Be careful not to poke a hole in the bottom of the apples.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and chopped nuts. Stir to combine.
  3. Then, use a spoon to divide the mixture between the apples, carefully filling the hole of each apple.
  4. Place the trivet into the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot. Add the water into the bottom of the pot.
  5. Place the apples onto the trivet and lock on the lid.
  6. Set the time to 5 minutes at high pressure.
  7. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes, and then use the quick-release to unlock the lid.
  8. Use tongs to remove the apples to a serving platter or bowl. You can use a serving spoon to pour some of the liquid from the bottom of the pot onto the apples.
  9. Serve the apples warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  1. Feel free to serve your apples as is, or with a scoop of ice cream or a side of whipped cream. Use dairy-free versions of either, if necessary.
  2. The best types of apples for this recipe are sweet red apples such as Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady.
  3. Use chopped pumpkin seeds if you need to make this recipe nut-free.
  4. If you are on a low-sugar diet, you can cut the amount of sugar in half.
  5. If you don’t like raisins, you can use dried cranberries instead. Or, just leave them out.
  6. The total cooking time includes 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure.
  7. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pressure cooker baked apples, healthy baked apples, how to cook apples in the Instant Pot

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