This Instant Pot apple crisp recipe is amazing! Tastes like copycat Cracker Barrel baked apples we love but made in less than 15 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 4 different times to get the recipe just right in my pressure cooker that the type of apples you buy makes a BIG difference in how long they need to cook. The first time it was far too soft but found that it made out to be some amazing pressure cooker applesauce. lol
I found that smaller green apples are best for us because we like them a bit firmer when they are done. I bought large green apples thinking they would be the same consistency and they weren’t, they turned out much softer….and you need to make the slices thick 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 use water for the liquid on the bottom but for the liquid at the top you could use apple cider 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
- 7-8 small green apples cut into Thick slices
- 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 6 minutes which only reaches pressure for the last few minutes but does the trick. If you want REALLY soft baked apples set it to 7 minutes, one minute makes all the difference.
The pot gets a little brown on the bottom when they’re done but it’s not a huge deal. 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 them immediately then you need to take the pot out once the steam is gone and immediately put them into a bowl so they don’t continue to cook and soften too much.
If you want to avoid some browning on the bottom of your pot and/or want to make a smaller batch you can follow our method 1 pot in pot method and directions here:
- 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)
Here is method 2 where you cook everything in your Instant Pot.
This Instant Pot apple crisp recipe is amazing! Tastes like copycat Cracker Barrel baked apples we love but made in less than 20 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!
- 7 apples small green apples are great, cored and peeled, sliced thick
- 3/4 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c old fashioned oats not instant oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 c flour
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- 1/3 c flour
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c old fashioned oats
- 1 c water total needed for entire recipe, follow directions
Remove skins (or most of them, your choice) from apples, and slice into thick pcs.
Put sliced apples into a bowl. In another bowl add cinnamon, 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 c oats, 3/4 c. brown sugar, and your cornstarch...mix together.
Pour this brown sugar/oats mixture into the bowl with your sliced apples and mix well until apples are coated.
Spray the inside of your pot with non stick spray. Pour 1/2 c. of water in your Instant Pot.
Pour coated apple mixture into your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
In a small bowl melt butter, then add 1/3 c. flour, 1/2 c. brown sugar and 1/4 c. oats, mix well until it becomes a thick crumble.
Sprinkle on top of apples inside your Instant Pot. Pour remaining 1/2 c. water or apple cider on top of everything.
Put lid on and close steam valve. Set to manual, pressure, high for 6 minutes.
Do a quick release and serve immediately or immediately pour into a bowl so it doesn't continue to cook and get mushy.
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