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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.