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Instant Pot Apple Butter

You won't believe how easy it is to make this homemade Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe. This healthy pressure cooker apple butter is sugar free, and can be made from applesauce if you don't want to start from scratch.
Course Preserves
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Butter, Instant Pot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 95kcal


  • 4 lbs apples cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional


Instant Pot Apple Butter

  • Core and slice your apples.
  • Place the apple slices into your Instant Pot with 1/4 cup water.
  • Set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure.
  • Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, allow the Instant Pot to vent naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Purée the applesauce using an immersion blender, or let cool slightly and transfer to a stand up blender to purée.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off, and then turn it back on using the Sauté setting set to "normal".
  • Cook the apple sauce down to apple butter, stirring every couple of minutes, for about an hour. You'll need to use a splatter guard or slow cooker lid as it cooks.

Stovetop Instructions

  • Place the cored sliced apples into a large heavy-bottomed pot with 1/2 cup water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot.
  • Stir every few minutes to break up the apples and move them around.
  • Continue cooking until the apples are very soft and starting to break down. This can take up to 30 minutes.
  • Purée the applesauce using an immersion blender, or let cool slightly and transfer to a stand up blender to purée.
  • Return the apple sauce to the pot, and with the heat on low, cook the apple sauce into apple butter, stirring occasionally, until it has become very thick. This will take 3-4 hours on the stove top.

To finish

  • Allow the apple butter to cool completely and transfer to glass jars to store in the fridge, or freezer bags to store in the freezer.


  • Nutrition values are an estimate only.
  • This recipe yields about 6 cups of apple sauce, which cooks down into about 2 cups of apple butter.
  • Apple butter can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or frozen for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg