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Instant Pot Applesauce To-Go

by Kristen

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Because we just started school, I am feeling ambitious, and I wanted to come up with some fun lunch box snacks that are healthy, and that don’t have a bunch of sugar or artificial colors.

Homemade applesauce is super easy and only uses a few ingredients, only good stuff.  Plus, I made this applesauce in my instant pot in 8 minutes! Awesome!

I made these DIY applesauce to go using these zipcicle bags.   I found them on amazon. If you are looking for something reusable, you can always look for these silicone smoothie containers too.


If you like these bags or silicone smoothie containers, you might want to try my other fun lunchbox recipes


DIY GO-GURT – with hidden veggies 

DIY Healthy Chocolate Pudding Pops 

I have always used just a plastic funnel when making these snacks for my kids.   I just recently got this collapsable silicone funnel, which was so easy to use.  You could squeeze the applesauce into each bag.


DIY Applesauce

You can make this applesauce in your slow cooker, or your Instant Pot.  If you make it in your slow cooker, your house smelled like cinnamon apples all day.  You can make this applesauce in your Instant Pt if you want to speed up the process.

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Homemade Applesauce


  • 12 apples of your choice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 dash cinnamon


Instant Pot directions

  1. Peel and core your apples.

  2. Add water, lemon juice, vanilla, honey, and cinnamon to the bottom of your Instant Pot.  Stir. 

  3. Add the apples to your instant pot. Toss the apples with the other ingredients. 

  4. Place lid on Instant Pot.  Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.  Do a controlled quick release when the cooking process is completed. 

  5. Allow the applesauce to cool completely.  Pulse the applesauce together in a blender, until you get the consistency you like.  

Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients into your slow cooker.  

  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Stirring every hour or so.  Your house will smell amazing! 

  3. Once your applesauce has cooled, pulse the applesauce in a blender. 

My recipe for Instant Pot applesauce is pretty simple.  Don’t be afraid to add your favorite flavors.



maple syrup

orange juice

would all be great additions to your applesauce, maybe not all at the same time.

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Stella September 11, 2017 - 2:33 am

If you wanted to put in jars and process how minutes for pint jars?

Kristen September 11, 2017 - 5:18 pm

I would cook it for the same amount of time.

Julia August 23, 2016 - 9:24 pm

How long does the applesauce keep? I am starting this now and already excited for my house to smell delicious (and for the snack!)!

Kristen August 24, 2016 - 1:47 am

It will keep for about 10 days

Jayne August 19, 2016 - 11:50 pm

love the idea of freezing the sauce in little pouches! ready to use whenever you need – very clever

Debi at Life Currents August 19, 2016 - 11:02 pm

I’ve never seen these little bags before! How cute they are. And, I love that you can make your own healthy snacks! Great!

Sarah August 19, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Well thats a fun idea! I alReady make my own applesauce, but i love the bag idea for Kids. How cute!

Nupur Mehra August 19, 2016 - 8:45 pm

This looks so good! I could never have thought this on my own.. and i love the zipsicles..


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