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Instant Pot Healthy Cinnamon Apples

white bowl of cinnamon spiced apples topped with cream and cinnamon

Warm, cinnamon-spiced Instant Pot Apples will make a perfect topping for breakfast and a healthy dessert for any night of the week.

Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 large apples, peeled and cubed (see note regarding best apples to use)
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (preferably Vietnamese cinnamon)
  • pinch of salt

For the slurry

  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Optional – maple syrup or coconut sugar to taste (1 – 2 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Add apple juice, cinnamon, and salt to the pressure cooker pot.  
  2. Place a steamer basket into the pot.  Add apples into the basket.
  3. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at LOW PRESSURE for 1 minute.
  4. When cooking is complete, use a quick release.
  5. Set aside steamer basket of apples.
  6. Make a slurry by whisking together 2 tablespoons of apple cider and cornstarch.  Use the saute function to bring the apple cider in the pot to a simmer.  Add slurry and whisk until thickened, about 1 minute.
  7. Set pot on a cooling rack and stir in apples.  Taste and add sweetener if desired.
  8. Serve hot with a dollop of cream or chill and eat cold.
  9. Apples work great as a filling for crepes or as a topping for pancakes, waffles, or oatmeal.

Notes

  • Make sure and use apples that won’t fall apart easily when cooked.  I suggest Braeburn, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, or Granny Smith.
  • The type of apples you use will determine the sweetness level of your final product.  If it’s not as sweet as you like, add maple syrup or coconut sugar at the end if desired.
  • Use the LOW PRESSURE setting.  High pressure quickly turns most apples into apple sauce.  
  • Most pressure cookers will remain on the LOW PRESSURE setting after you change it.  Be sure and switch it back to HIGH PRESSURE for the next time you cook with your Instant Pot.
  • If your pot doesn’t have a LOW PRESSURE setting, cook the apples for 0 minutes (meaning, the second the pot comes up to pressure, release the pressure and remove the lid).

Keywords: Instant Pot apples, Cinnamon Apples, Baked Apples