Pressure Cooker Maple Cinnamon Applesauce

I love this time of year. Apples are in season, and I have a great recipe for applesauce.

Pressure Cooker Maple Cinnamon Applesauce | Foodal

You will need a pressure cooker, preferably steel. Aluminum may work, but the acid in the apples is liable to do funky things, like pull metal out of the pan and make the applesauce grey and/or metallic tasting.

Here’s what you do:

Peel, core and quarter enough apples to fill your pressure cooker about 1/2 to 2/3 full. I normally use a 5 liter Kuhn-Rikon model, so that adds up to about 2 1/2 – 3 quarts of quartered apples.

I use a mix of half Granny Smith and half Fuji or Gala (Honeycrisp would work well too.)

To that add: 1 cup apple cider (I use Trader Joe’s Spicy Cider, but anything will work, even water in a pinch) 2 tablespoons maple syrup (the darker and stronger flavored the better. Use Grade B if you can get it) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Lock down the lid and bring up to full pressure. On my cooker that means I wait until I see both red rings on the little pressure indicator that pops up. Turn off the heat.

That’s it. It’s done. You will have to wait until the pressure has vented. You can speed the process by putting the whole pressure cooker in the sink and running cold water over it until the pressure indicator drops, but you don’t need to.

I cook in the evening, and just leave it sitting on the stove (with the burner off…) until the next morning. Remember that a pressure cooker effectively sterilizes whatever is inside, and as long as it is sealed, it will stay that way.

Pressure Cooker Maple Cinnamon Applesauce |

You will need to stir it, and you may need to break up a few lumps (or not, if like your apple sauce chunky…), but other than that, that it. I’ve found it keeps in the fridge for a week or so, though it rarely lasts that long….


If you need to make a bulk supply of apple sauce take a look at our article on how use a pressure canner for long term storage.

For another recipe to try, make our chunky spiced applesauce!

About Lynne Jaques

Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!

14 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Maple Cinnamon Applesauce”

  1. MM yummy looking piture and a great recipe.
    What cool idea to use the pressure cooker like this!
    Nice to be reminded that we can utilize our appliances for more than just one thing. I really like this recipe, especially that you have included the varieties you use.

  2. My grandma was using pressure cookers to make sauce from various fruits since I can remember. I know I’ve always loved sauce made from pears. I’ve never really tried doing it myself.

  3. That does look very tasty I must say. I use love when my mom would make a apple cake thing, I forget the proper name and there was apple sauce on the side, it was always so yummy for a snack.

  4. I got a great deal on pears at a farmer’s market this week & this would be a great recipe to supplement the apples for the pears. My eyes were bigger than my family’s stomach & I may have went overboard in the poundage department. This is a great way to put those babies to use!

  5. Wow, that’s so easy to make! I can imagine it would be fantastic to accompany a variety of desserts or even just on vanilla ice cream!

  6. This is new to me. I have always believed apple sauce was made with just the grater. That is how I have done it in the past. I would always say, it never taste like Mott’s. So, I presume the pressure helps to blend the flavors and produce the texture. It usually takes my pressure cooker a while for the red part to raise up, so I hope the timing will still work. The recipe is so nice. I love maple syrup and cinnamon and apple cider. I actually do not know the apple types by name, but I see how the different types will give variety to the sauces I make. That’s exciting. It will never get boring. I look forward to trying this recipe. Of course your pictures really make my mouth just water. I can not commend you enough for your great content and perfect pictures.

  7. I really want to get a pressure cooker after seeing the pictures applesauce. I love cinnamon and apple cider so this recipe look like it right in my alley. I also like how pressure pots sterilize everything. Sound like that could reduce worrying about something not being safe to eat.

  8. Oh yet another kitchen gadget I am going to need to buy now 🙂 This looks delicious and so much better than store-bought. My kids love applesauce, but even buying the large jars, they eat it in a matter of a day or 2. This not only looks better, but would probably be less expensive – especially since we end up getting great deals picking our own apples from the orchards!

  9. This looks delicious! Apple and cinnamon is such a winning combination. When I make applesauce I usually just cook it in a regular pan but that takes a lot of time, using a pressure cooker is a really good idea! I guess I have to buy one now 🙂

  10. I it just me who gets intimidated by pressure cookers. I’ve never been able to cook on one because of the fear that it might explode. I have two in the house by the way. The wife uses them often and every time she does I get a little anxious and worried about her. She’s assured me time and again that these are reliable brands and isn’t likely to explode. That calms me down a bit. Anyone else experience this?

  11. I don’t currently have a pressure cooker, but I’ll still take at least two things away from this article.

    One: thanks for the tip about using steel as opposed to aluminum with apples. I’m filing that one away. Good to know.

    Two: Using maple in applesauce is a combination I probably never would have thought of on my own, but it sounds delicious. Next time my daughter makes applesauce, I’ll have to head over with a bag of apples and some maple syrup in hand!

  12. Never really used a pressure cooker but if that ustensil can do something this good I think I should buy one and learn how to use it, looks pretty good. Applesauce is really, really tasty!

  13. I love eating apple sauce. I recently bought mango peach apple sauce cups from the store for the first time. It has been a while since I have had cinnamon flavored sauce. It is so addictive for me so I only get it every once in a while. Moderation is key.

  14. My little boy loves applesauce..and homemade is even better. When looking for something to do with the apples that are going bad…this is a delicious tip. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe…it has much potential to be loved by my picky three year old son.


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