Once the weather starts getting colder I start looking for snacks that are warm to enjoy during the day. I think it's hard to find a warm snack because usually when you grab a snack it's something cold like chips or pretzels or even veggie sticks. Rarely do you have the time to really heat something up and if you do is it really a snack?
I happen to have a huge bag of apples sitting on my counter because they were 66 cents a pound last week. That's one thing I love about fall, apples are so cheap! I've been packing one in my lunch everyday but they were starting to look a little rough. Since I've been looking for a warm snack peeled and cut those apples and turned them into Instant Pot Applesauce!
Can I say how easy it is to make this applesauce? Usually it would take about an hour for the apples to cook down which isn't bad but in the Instant Pot it took just 10 minutes! So all in I had about 30 minutes in the applesauce. Ten minutes to peel and core the apples, ten minutes for the Instant Pot to come to temperature, and ten minutes to cook. Not bad for a quick snack!
You can use whatever apples you want in your applesauce and then adjust the sugar accordingly. I like to use brown sugar because it gives it a rich, sweet flavor. I also add a healthy amount of cinnamon but if you aren't a huge cinnamon fan you can put in less or use ginger and nutmeg instead. This is basically a guideline more so than an actual recipe.
Once I opened the lid to the Instant Pot the smell was amazing! Warm apples, spices, and just a hint of sugar wafted out into my kitchen, dining room, and even the living room. It totally smelled like fall. The resulting applesauce was chunky, spiced, and just a little bit sweet. I really thought it tasted good. Plus, whenever I wanted a snack I could pop a small bowl of the applesauce in the microwave and heat it for 30 seconds and I had a warm, healthy, and flavorful snack option!
- 3-4 lbs. apples
- ¾ c. water
- 1 T. cinnamon
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- ½ t. salt
- Peel, core, and cut the apples into quarters. Add them to the Instant Pot.
- Add in the water, cinnamon, and brown sugar and stir to combine.
- Put the lid on the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Once the time is up you can do a natural release of the pressure or a manual release. I chose to manually release.
- Mash the apples in the Instant Pot and mix with the liquid to make a chunky applesauce.
- Serve hot.
A Hezzi-D Original Recipe
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 11gSugar: 51gProtein: 1g
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