Made with tangy Granny Smith apples, molasses, brown sugar, and fall spices, this Instant Pot Apple Butter is sweet, creamy and delicious! It’s perfect for toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels, and more.
Why We Love Homemade Apple Butter
Every fall, I used to pick up a jar of apple butter from my local pumpkin patch to use for my biscuits on Thanksgiving, but once Covid hit, I couldn’t get my delicious apple butter. So, I decided to find out how to make my own, and we are in love with this homemade Instant Pot apple butter. Here’s why:
- It’s way cheaper. It’s always cheaper to make things homemade, but apple butter is definitely worth it if you want to save some moolah.
- Tastes better. With fresh ingredients and spices, homemade apple butter is packed with sweet, creamy flavor that just can’t be beat with any store bought jar.
- Takes less than an hour to make. Using my Instant Pot, I can have delicious apple butter at my disposal in less than an hour! Recipes like this used to take hours, and now I can quickly whip it up.
Apple Butter Ingredients
For creamy apple butter, you’ll need a variety of spices, sugars, and of course apples. Get out your shopping list, and jot these ingredients down:
- Apples: Provide the base and natural sweetness for the apple butter, lending a smooth and fruity flavor that is rich and satisfying.
- Molasses: Adds a deep and robust sweetness to the apple butter, enhancing its caramel-like taste and giving it a unique depth of flavor.
- Sugar: Helps to sweeten the apple butter, balancing the tartness of the apples and creating a deliciously sweet spread.
- Vanilla: Infuses the apple butter with a warm and aromatic flavor, adding a subtle richness that complements the natural sweetness of the apples.
- Lemon juice: Brings a touch of acidity to the apple butter, balancing the sweetness and brightening the overall flavor profile.
- Spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice): Introduce a warm and comforting aroma to the apple butter, creating a delightful blend of flavors that enhance and complement the natural sweetness of the apples.
How to Make Instant Pot Apple Butter
Making your own homemade apple butter in your Instant Pot is actually really easy. With just a little prep work, the Instant Pot works its magic.
Step 1: Peel and Cut the Apples
Peel all of your apples. Then, cut the apples into quarters and remove the core. Place cut apples in your Instant Pot.
Step 2: Add All the Ingredients
Then, add all the rest of the ingredients into the Instant Pot. Mix to incorporate everything.
Step 3: Pressure Cook
Place the lid on your Instant Pot, put the pressure valve into the sealing position, and hit your manual or pressure cook button. Set the time for 20 minutes.
Step 4: Naturally Release
Once the time is up and your Instant Pot beeps, let the Instant Pot completely naturally release the pressure. You don’t need to do anything. Just let it sit and the pressure will release on it’s own in about 20-30 minutes.
Step 5: Blend the Apple Butter
Next, pour everything from your Instant Pot into the blender and blend it until smooth. Place your apple butter in mason jars.
So, now that you’ve made your apple butter, what do you do with it? Apple butter is a delicious spread that can be used in a variety of different ways. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Spread it on toast, bagels, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, or bagels.
- Stir it into a bowl of oatmeal
- Use it instead of pumpkin or applesauce in recipes.
- Swirl it into fall cakes or cupcakes
- Brush it on your chicken or pork during the last few minutes of cooking for a sweet glaze.
How to Store Homemade Apple Butter
Canning Apple Butter is the best way to extend the shelf life of your apple butter. Be sure to follow the USDA canning guidelines. If you don’t wish to go through that process, apple butter stored in a mason jar with a lid and placed in the refrigerator will last for about a month.
Frequently Asked Question
Will Apple Butter Thicken as It Cools?
Yes, apple butter does thicken as it cools. If your apple butter looks runny, don’t worry because it will thicken. If you find it is still too thin after it has cooled, you can simmer it on the stove until it reaches your desired thickness.
What if My Apple Butter Is Too Thick?
If the apple butter is too thick for your liking, you can thin it out by adding small amounts of applesauce to it until it reaches your desired consistency.
- 4 lbs. of Granny Smith apples
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1/3 cup of molasses
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of all spice
- 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
- Peel and quarter the apple, remove apple core. Place in the instant pot
- Add all other ingredients and mix.
- Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes and let naturally release pressure.
- Open and stir. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Place in jars and enjoy
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g
Other Apple Recipes to Try
In the mood for recipes with a sweet apple flavor? Check out some of my favorites, below. You could also use your apple butter with some of these recipes as well.
- Honey and Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
- Delicious Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples
- Layered Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake
- Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Check out more Instant Pot Fall Recipes here!