This Instant Pot apple crisp recipe is amazing! Tastes like copycat Cracker Barrel baked apples we love but made in less than 10 minutes total. Warm cinnamon apples coated with a ooey gooey brown sugar glaze your family will go crazy over for sure. Try this homemade pressure cooker fruit dessert this week!
We love any kind of fruit dessert, and I love when I can make a homemade version in no time at all. That is where this Instant Pot apple crisp recipe comes in. I have used a similar recipe and have just adjusted the time to make Instant Pot applesauce too! I will show you how to make both of them here. It’s one of our favorite naturally sweet treats listed on my long list of easy Instant Pot recipes and many people asked me to make it because they loved our crockpot apple crisp so much!
There is a basic recipe we love when we make homemade apple crisp. Depending on how soft or firm you want your apples you can just use our recipe and adjust the time according to your preference.
I have found after making this Instant Pot apple crisp 4 different times you need to use the right apples.
Smaller green apples are best because they are a bit firmer when they are done.
The first time we made it it was far too soft but found that it made out to be some amazing pressure cooker applesauce. lol
I bought large green apples thinking they would be the same consistency and they weren’t. They turned out much softer. Either way you need to make the slices very thick or cube them to get it just right.
If you prefer really soft baked apples just add another minute on to this recipe. But I really recommend small green apples cut into thick slices for the best results. They sell bags of about 10 of these in most grocery stores, already bagged.
If you have ever had Cracker Barrel baked apples these Instant Pot apple crisp reminds me of those. All 5 of us just love them when we are able to visit for dinner so I really wanted to try and come close to that version and using my original recipe in the crockpot I was able to make just a few adjustments to create the perfect pot full….as you see here below.
I love texture, the rolled oats provide that for this recipe.
Do not use instant oats as they will become too mushy and won’t work well.
You don’t need a lot of liquid as the apples produce juice as they bake. I used water for the liquid but you could use a bit of apple cider and the rest water in this Instant Pot dessert.
If you’ve never had apple crisp it does come in many forms.
In the oven it creates a bit of a crunchy topping but in the crockpot or pressure cooker it doesn’t get crispy…but it’s still wonderful (we prefer it this way).
This is what you’ll need to make our Instant Pot apple crisp
- Instant Pot – this is the one I have
- I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot too!
- Small green apples cut into thick slices or cubed
- Brown sugar
- Water – can use half water half Apple cider
- Oats – not instant – this is the one we buy
The best way to achieve the right consistency and tenderness to the apples was to set on high for 1 minute.
They are BEST when eaten immediately so what I do is when they’re done I scoop them into a serving bowl, throw my pot in the sink with some water to soak.
If you aren’t going to serve your Instant Pot apple crisp immediately then you still need to take out of the pot immediately! If you don’t they’ll continue to cook and soften too much.
You can prepare these pressure cooker baked apples with the crumble topping or without, great either way.
Here is a photo when I cubed my apples so you can see how large they need to be or they will become too soft.
Tips for a successful pot of Instant Pot apple crisp
- I remove 1/3 the skin using an apple peeler (do not remove more than 1/2 or they will get mushy)
- With the stem facing up I use a knife and cut the 4 sides off leaving the core remaining to throw away
- I cut each piece in half, and then half again or use an apple cutter to make very large thick slices (the bigger the better, see photo below)
- As soon as it beeps after 1 minute do a quick release and lift off lid
- Quickly add crisp mixture and when it’s on saute for just 1-2 minutes do not stir too much, just push crisp mixture down and allow to bubble. Too much stirring will break down apples
- After 1-2 min. on saute turn the pot off immediately once sauce thickens or it will continue to cook and get mushy
Instructions below are for making them directly in your pot, pot in pot directions are below recipe card if you’d rather make it that way.
Watch this video to see how easy these Instant Pot baked apples are to make:
Instant Pot Apple Crisp
- 8 apples small green apples are great, cored and peeled, sliced thick or cubed
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg optional but good if you like that flavor
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 c water
- 1/2 c old fashioned oats not instant, for topping
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon for topping
- 3 tbsp butter melted, for topping
- 1/4 c flour for topping
- 1/2 c brown sugar for topping
- Remove skins (no more than 1/2 or they'll get mushy) from apples, and but them into THICK cubes or thick slices if you'd rather.
- Put sliced/cubed apples into your Instant Pot (very thick slices, and large cubes). Then add your 1 tsp. cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg if you would like, vanilla, 1 c. brown sugar, and water into your pot and stir together.
- Put lid on and close steam valve. Set to manual, pressure, high for 1 minute.
- While that's cooking mix together your old fashioned oats, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp melted butter, 1/4 c. flour and 1/2 c brown sugar until combined well.
- Do a quick release, then lift lid.
- Set your Instant Pot to saute and sprinkle your crumble mixture into your pot, gently push down into liquid allowing it to bubble and thicken with the addition of the flour and other ingredients (about 1 min).
- Stir very gently maybe 2 times during the 1-2 minutes it begins to bubble on saute (more will break up apples).
- After that time turn pot off immediately so apples don't continue to cook. Ideally transfer to another dish and serve immediately for best pressure cooker baked apples ever.
For the holidays baked apples and cranberries are delicious, this is the only difference you will make for this combination.
- Follow the Instant Pot apple crisp recipe above (in the printable recipe card)
- In step 2 add 3/4 c. fresh cranberries – found in your local produce section
That is it!! It’s a great addition to your holiday dessert table, or just for your family.
If you cook it down further this makes a batch of our Instant Pot cranberry applesauce which is a healthy and yummy snack too.
If you want to make a smaller batch using the pot in pot method follow these directions:
- Peel and slice 4 small green apples, slices 1/3″ thick or so (thinner the softer they will be etc…)
- In a bowl combine
- Sliced apples
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. old fashioned oats
- 1/4 c. flour
- 1.5 tsp. cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Toss together so all apples slices are coated with mixture
- Pour into this large pot that fits inside either a 6 or 8 qt. Instant Pot
- In a small bowl mix together (you can omit this if you want it as is and don’t want an additional topping)
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1/4 c. flour
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. oats
- Stir well and sprinkle on top of apples in pot
- Pour 1/3 c. apple cider (or water) on top of everything
- Cover tightly with foil
- Put trivet into Instant Pot or pressure cooker + 2 c. water
- Lower pot with apples on to trivet
- Set to manual, pressure, high for 35 minutes
- Enjoy (if they aren’t soft enough for your taste you can recover, and cook again on high for another 3-5 minutes and check again….texture for this is personal preference, we like them a bit firmer)