Easy Instant Pot Baked Apples (Vegan, GF)

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Looking for a healthy treat. Well, you have found it. These Instant Pot Baked Apples comes together with 5 mins of cook time and 4 pantry staple ingredients. 

You’ll also love Instant Pop Applesauce and Instant Pot Yogurt.

Suitable for Vegan and Gluten-Free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

An instant pot baked apple in a bowl

There is something about Instant Pot Baked Apples that is just perfect. Probably because they cook in just a few minutes compared to the 45 or so minutes traditionally oven baked apples take. Yes, these are a minimal prep, quick easy dessert that can be whipped up with a few ingredients.

Or maybe it is because this version is much healthier compared to the regular baked apples. The apples are not baked with extra sugar or butter stuffed in them, but spices and a small amount of sweetened cranberries in some ginger beer

Of course, if you want to add sugar, butter and even crushed up cookies to your Instant Pot Apples then please do go ahead and do so.  Sometimes nothing but big old comfort food buttery, sugary, spiced up baked apples would do right?

Why You’ll ♡ Them

  • Budget-friendly – requires just 3 affordable ingredients you probably already have.
  • Easy to make – A quick set up and little scooping, and sprinkling and you are good to go. It’s that easy! 
  • It’s customizable – A few simple changes and you can completely customize these apples with different flavors. 
  • All occasions – These Instant Pot Baked apples would make a great dessert for fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas and everyday.
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2 instant pot baked apples stuffed with cranberries

So go ahead and try making baked apples Instant Pot? It is pretty easy as I am about to show you.

Tools You Need 

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Powdered ginger
  • Ginger beer

How To Make Instant Pot Baked Apples

  1. Add the ginger beer into the Instant Pot insert and sit the apples directly in the ginger beer.
  2. Season with the ground ginger and add in the dried cranberries.
  3. Cover your Instant Pot, set the vent to ‘sealing,’ select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  4. When done do a quick pressure release (for firm apples or allow a natural pressure release (NPR) for softer apples.
  5. Serve with sides to your taste.
 baked apples before and after in the instant pot insert

Pot in Pot Cooking Method

If you prefer you can cook the apples using the pot in pot method.

The Pot-in-Pot method is when you add water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and then place a smaller pot (containing your food) inside and above the water. You do this by placing the second pot on top of a steamer basket, trivet etc.

Simply place the apple in an Instant Pot ready container, add 1 cup of water into the insert, followed by a trivet and then add in the container, seal and cook away. However, you will need to add extra time to cook these. Allow at least 10 minutes of cooking time using the pot in pot method.

How To Make Slow Cooker Baked Apples

  1. Add the ginger beer into the slow cooker insert and sit the apples directly in the ginger beer.
  2. Season with the ground ginger and add in the dried cranberries.
  3. Cover your slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4-5 hours.
  4. Serve with sides to your taste.

How To Make These In The Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C/ gas 4.
  2. Add the ginger beer into the oven ready dish insert and sit the apples directly in the ginger beer.
  3. Season with the ground ginger and add in the sweetened dried cranberries.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the apples are cooked through
  5. Serve warm with sides to your taste.

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Please note this timing is for medium-sized apples. Large apples may need more time and smaller apples may need less.
  • The skin will split during cooking. Simply just tap it back together and you are good to go.
  • You can certainly double the recipe if you have a large Instant Pot.
  • To keep the calories low use a sugar free gingerbeer.
  • This was designed to be a Weight Watchers dessert so low in sugar and butter. If you don’t mind the extra calories then add some sugar and butter to your taste.
  • Please note => cooking time does not include time needed for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure or for the pressure to release.
a Instant pot apple in a grey bowl

Delicious Variations

Whilst I used ginger for this you can certainly substitute other spices according to your taste. Here are a few substitutions for you to try depending on what you are going to serve your them with.

  • Vary the spices – try spices like Ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, pumpkin pie spice.
  • Vary the liquid – you can use apple juice instead.
  • Add sweetener – use honey, maple syrup or date syrup.
  • Add butter – a scoop of butter or dairy free butter adds flavor.

Flavor Filling Stuffing Ideas

The great things about these is that you can dream up as many different stuffing ideas that you like. Just be aware that these will change the Weight Watchers points in the recipes.

  • soft apricots and almonds
  • walnuts and dates
  • hazelnuts and raisins
  • brown sugar and cinnamon

Storage

Store – Keep any leftover in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

FAQs

What Apples Are Best To Use

Ok so you want to use the naturally sweeter crisper apples for this so you can avoid adding in any extra sugar. Here are a few apples to consider. The list is by no means exhaustive, please feel free to experiment away with your favourite type of apple.

  • Pink lady (what I used)
  • Braeburn
  • Honey Crisp
  • Mutsu (also called Crispin)
pressure cooker baked apple filled with cranberries

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this dish with…

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 3 Freestyle points in each serving of this.

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Originally published August 2018.

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An instant pot baked apple in a bowl
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Instant Pot Baked Apples

These come together with 5 mins of cook time and 4 pantry staple ingredients.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 4
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 250 ml 1 cup gingerbeer in the pot
  • 4 apples, cored I used pink lady
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 4 tbsp sweet dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Add the ginger beer into the instant Pot insert and sit the apples directly in the ginger beer.
  • Season with the ground ginger and add in the dried cranberries.
  • Cover your Instant Pot, set the vent to ‘sealing,’ select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 5 mins.
  • When done do a quick pressure release (QPR) for firm apples or allow a natural pressure release (NPR) for softer apples.
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Notes

Recipe Notes
Cook time does not include time to come up to pressure or for pressure to release.

Recipe Tips

  • Please note this timing is for medium sized apples. Large apples may need more time and smaller apples may need less.
  • The apple skin will split in the Instant Pot. Simply just tap it back together and you are good to go.
  • You can certainly double the recipe especially if you have a large Instant Pot.
  • You can use a little bit of sweetener if you want even sweeter apples.
  • This was designed to be a Weight Watchers dessert so low in sugar and butter. If you don’t mind the extra calories then add some sugar and butter to your taste.
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Serving Suggestions

You can serve this dish with…
  • Low Fat Yogurt
  • Low Carb Granola for a healthy side
  • Low Carb Ice Cream – for more guilt-free treat
  • Lots of regular Ice cream, whipped cream and crumbled biscuits for an absolutely
  • indulgent treat
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Weight Watchers Points 

There are 3 Freestyle points in each serving of these .

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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