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Jars of applesauce surrounded by apples and whole spices.

Easy Mulled Cider Applesauce (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

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  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes (plus time to come to pressure) for Instant Pot, 4 hours for slow cooker
  • Total Time: 30 minutes for Instant Pot, 4 hours 30 minutes for slow cooker
  • Yield: 16 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Infuse the flavors of fall into this no sugar added homemade applesauce recipe. Quick & easy to make in the Instant Pot or slow cooker!





  1. For Instant Pot: core and cut apples into 2-inch chunks. For slow cooker: core and thinly slice apples.
  2. Add apples and water to the insert of your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks and sprinkle nutmeg on top. Add whole cloves, black peppercorns, star anise, cardamom pod, and orange zest to a sachet (see notes in post above) for easy retrieval.
  3. For Instant Pot: cook on high pressure for 12 minutes, then do a quick release. For slow cooker: cook on high until apples are soft, about 4 to 5 hours.
  4. Once apples are cooked, remove cinnamon sticks and sachet from your Instant Pot or slow cooker insert. Purée apples to your desired consistency. You can do this with a blender, immersion blender, or food processor for smooth applesauce, or use a potato masher or whisk vigorously if you prefer chunky-style applesauce.
  5. Store applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Can also be frozen.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 63
  • Sugar: 11.6 g
  • Sodium: 3.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.7 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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