This Instant Pot Baked Apples recipe is a delicious healthy dessert that is vegan and paleo-friendly. You only need three ingredients and 30 minutes.

vegan instant pot baked apples

Choosing Healthier Desserts

Have you had enough of holiday desserts yet? I started to feel like I was over-doing it on sugar a few weeks ago, so I decided to choose healthier treat options as much as possible. Fruit-based desserts definitely meet that criteria, as well as desserts using unrefined sugars, like my Vegan Molasses Cookies.

Baked Apples for Two

I made these Instant Pot Baked Apples for two, but you can easily double or triple the recipe depending on which Instant Pot size you have. For this recipe, you can use either the 3-quart mini Instant Pot, or a 6-quart Instant Pot.

This recipe is perfect when you want something sweet, but you don’t have the time or desire to make something elaborate. Start to finish, this recipe takes less than 30 minutes, and only uses 3 ingredients!


Here’s what I used:

  • Gala apples (Fuji and Honeycrisp would be great too)
  • Raisins
  • Brown sugar or coconut sugar (coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index)

instant pot baked apple ingredients on a white plate


To make this recipe, first you need to wash and core your apples. This takes a couple of minutes. I used a paring knife to cut out most of the core, and then I used a spoon to scoop out any excess seeds.

Next, I just used a spoon to add brown sugar and raisins to the insides of the apple. Pack it as tightly as you can for optimal sweetness.

The last step is to add the trivet to the Instant Pot along with a cup of water. Add the apples, lock on the lid, and set the time to 8 minutes. When the cooking time is complete, you can use the natural release or quick-release to unlock the lid.

instant pot baked apples all done

From start to finish, this recipe take less than 30 minutes, which includes the time to pressure on the Instant Pot.

instant pot baked apples on white plates with gold spoons

I served mine with a little extra sprinkle of sugar, just because.

If you like this recipe, check out my round-up post with 60 easy Instant Pot vegan recipes.

You might also like my Instant Pot Rice Pudding or my Instant Pot Cinnamon Raisin Applesauce recipes too! It’s vegan and uses brown rice.

Here’s the printable recipe:


Easy Instant Pot Baked Apples (3-Ingredients)

instant pot baked apples for two

This Instant Pot Baked Apples recipe is a delicious healthy dessert that is vegan and paleo-friendly. You only need three ingredients and 30 minutes.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten-free, healthy, paleo, real food


  • 2 medium to large red apples (Gala, Fuji, and Honeycrisp are great options)
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons organic, unsulphured raisins
  • 1 cup water


  1. Wash and core the apples, using a spoon to make sure you remove all of the apple seeds. Be careful not to poke a hole in the bottom of the apples.
  2. Place the trivet that came with your 3-quart of 6-quart Instant Pot in the bottom of the pot.
  3. Pour one cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  4. Place the apples in the pot and use a spoon to carefully divide the raisins and brown sugar into the centers of the apples.
  5. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot and set the time to 8 minutes.
  6. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes, and then use the quick-release to unlock the lid.
  7. Serve the apples warm or at room temperature.

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