Pressure cooker baked apples can be made in your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi machine! You can slice them and enjoy in smaller pieces similar to our Instant Pot apple crisp, or enjoy them whole. A healthy fruit dessert or snack, you’ll love these.
We made these pressure cooker baked apples and OH MY were they good!! This warm and sweet dessert could be breakfast or a snack too. Filled with oats and a bit of butter you don’t need much sugar, just the natural sweetness of the fruit. Find this and more on our long list of Instant Pot recipes. (affiliate links present, originally published 6/19)
Ninja Foodi Apples
These steam quite well as a really easy Ninja Foodi recipe for dessert, in your Crock Pot Express or Mealthy machine too. Any electric pressure cooker will work. These are left whole, softened and filled with all the goodness you could ever imagine.
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They are filled with a sweet sugar and cinnamon mixture that seeps into the center while being steamed. At first we baked them in the oven but when we got this “magic pot” we had to try it in that too.
If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
Instant Pot Apples
My mom made baked apples like all the time growing up. Of course she didn’t have a nifty pot like this one so she used a skillet on her stove. She had to baby that thing for a really long time until they were softened to her liking. This is a more hands off approach to things.
You can add other things inside too. I mean dried cranberries and/or raisins in the middle would be a great tweak as well. If you have a Foodi you can buy a few more and make other things like air fryer apples as well.
Those are lightly coated with flour and “fried” in hot air. These use hot water to steam them to get softened. Both are fantastic healthier snacks.
Ninja Foodi Baked Apples
Since apples are always pretty inexpensive and you can find them year round, we love this Instant Pot dessert recipe. You can choose your favorite but just know that green are the firmest and a bit tart. I love Fuji or Honeycrisp variety.
We picked a ton of them during the summertime and started experimenting. One of the first things we made when the girls were younger was this pressure cooker applesauce and haven’t stopped there!
You will first want to cut and scoop out the middle so you can add all the sweet goodness. Then they’ll be transformed into pressure cooker baked apples.
- You can use a knife to cut the top off in a circular motion. Then use a melon baller or spoon to scoop out as much as possible. Just make sure that you don’t scoop too far down and leave a hole for leakage.
Instant Pot baked apples
You can make these dairy free if need be with plant based vegan butter product. I have done that for my husband and nobody knew the difference.
- Apples – Granny Smith will remain firmer
- Brown sugar
- Oats – not instant
- here are gluten free oats
- Apple pie seasoning
- Trivet with handles
If you have other ideas in mind as far as making your steamed apples, go ahead and try it! 6 medium apples should fit inside snugly. Of course sizes vary and the larger the fruit the more firm it will be when it’s done.
Start by rinsing apples and pat dry with paper towels. Using a small sharp knife make a round cut into the top of the stem. Go down and around in a circle into the core (but not coring all the way through). You want the bottom in tact so filling doesn’t drain out).
How Long to Cook Apples in Instant Pot
If sliced it is only 1 minute, this is closer to 5 since they stay in tact. To start; Scoop middle of apple and seeds out so there is room for the filling. In a bowl mix oats, apple pie seasoning and brown sugar. Pour melted butter in and stir.
- Fill inside of cored apples with about 2 tbsp of this.
- Pour water into your pressure cooker and place a trivet into the bottom of the pot. Arrange the stuffed apples into your pot.
- Close your pressure cooker lid and steam valve and set to pressure cook high for 5 minutes. Release the pressure quickly when done.
- Carefully use tongs to remove each apple and on to a plate. Can put whipped cream or ice cream on top. Cut and enjoy.
Different apples vary as well. Dark green will be the most firm, where red delicious will be the softest. I prefer Fuji when I can find them.
Baked Apples Whole
Don’t have an Instant Pot?? NO problem!! All electric pressure cookers will work for this. I have all of them and the buttons are almost the same. You just need high pressure which I know they all have. The biggest difference are the preprogrammed ones like cake or eggs. I hardly ever use those anyway.
You can make these into Ninja Foodi baked apples too. Just use your pressure cook lid to cook the apples. Press the pressure button after you lock the lid and the vent is in the sealing position.
- Whether you’re making a Instant Pot baked apples recipe or using any other brand you just want to make sure you do a quick release!
If not the fruit will become way too soft and begin to fall apart. The cooking time is quite fast with just 5 minutes to cook and only 1 1/2 cups of water needed to steam them essentially.
Pressure Cook Apples in Ninja
I have made a version of this in my slow cooker. The apples have to be sliced for this one. I do really like it though and it’s great if you’re having a group over and want something with fresh fruit.
- Here is our crockpot apple crisp that’s great too. Of course this takes a lot more time but if you want to throw something in early for people enjoy for Christmas brunch this is a great option.
Can you make gluten free baked apples?
Yes, there are gluten free oats you can use. Always look on each package to ensure the other ingredients are registered as GF too but yes this can easily be made for those with Celiac disease.
- Fresh apple monkey bread recipe
- Easy apple strudel
- Apple pie bread pudding is OH SO amazing
- This is how to make pressure cooker apple pie filling
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Pressure Cooker Baked Apples
- Rinse apples, pat dry, and using a pairing knife make a round incision into the top of the stem going down and around in a circle into the core (but not coring all the way through, you want the bottom in tact so filling doesn't drain out).
- Scoop middle of apple and seeds out so there is room for oat/sugar filling.
- In a bowl mix oats, apple pie seasoning and brown sugar. Pour melted butter into this mixture and stir.
- Fill inside of cored apples with about 2 tbsp of oat mixture until it is all gone.
- Pour water into your pressure cooker and place a trivet into the bottom of the pot. Arrange the stuffed apples into your pot so they fit snugly next to one another.
- Close your pressure cooker lid and steam valve and set to pressure cook high for 5 minutes. Do a quick release when done.
- Carefully use tongs to remove each apple and on to a plate. Can put another pat of butter and more cinnamon on top, or a swirl of whipped cream or ice cream on top. Cut and enjoy.