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Apple Butter, anyone? This simple-to-make recipe is the perfect addition to any fall breakfast. All you’ll need is 9 simple ingredients and an instant pot.

three jars filled with homemade apple butter surrounded by flowers apples and lemon by sweet simple vegan

An easy to prepare breakfast never tasted so good. This Apple Butter goes perfectly on toast, pancakes, waffles, or oatmeal. It can be made in large batches and stored in the fridge to enjoy throughout the season. Now, who is ready to make some?

ingredients for instant pot apple butter on a whoop slab by sweet simple vegan

This Apple Butter also makes the perfect gift, if you have any friends or family you’d like to share with. Simply put it in a mason jar, add a cute little bow, and you’re good to go. This is a perfect budget-friendly gift idea with some serious homemade flavor and flair. If you’re looking for other vegan-friendly holiday gifts, be sure to check out our 2018 holiday gift guide.

This Apple Butter is also gluten-free and refined sugar-free, which makes it clean and suitable for most people. It’s sweetened to perfection with dates and seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger giving it the perfect fall flavor.

Instant Pot filled with apples to make apple butter
In less than an hour you will have your apple mixture go from looking like it does above to the creamy, perfectly sweet, and festive butter it is below!
a blender with homemade instant pot apple butter
a jar of apple butter and a butter knife with a piece of toast with apple butter by sweet simple vegan

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three jars filled with homemade apple butter surrounded by flowers apples and lemon by sweet simple vegan

Instant Pot Apple Butter (Refined Sugar-Free)

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  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan


Apple Butter, anyone? This simple to make recipe is the perfect for fall breakfast! All you need is 9 simple ingredients, an instant pot and about an hour of your time.


  • 3 lbs. sliced Fuji apples (or apples of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup pitted and chopped medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/16 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Add the apples, dates, water, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger and cloves to a the instant pot. Mix until well combined, cover, and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  2. Release the pressure from the instant pot. Carefully transfer the (hot) contents to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender if you have one handy.
  3. Set the instant pot to sauté on low and cook for 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apple butter has thickened to your liking. We covered the pot in between stirs as the apple butter tends to splatter over heat.
  4. Once thickened, mix in the lemon juice and vanilla extract through and cool completely. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • The apples were weight after the core was removed.

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