Is the Instant Pot actually all that?? Isn’t it just another appliance taking up space?? Yes, but it’s an appliance taking up space that made applesauce, unattended, in 15 minutes while I cleaned the bathroom.
I know, I know, the pressure cooker phase is at an all time high in the Pinterest world! It very *in* to have an Instant Pot. So I get why ya’ll wonder if it’s earned all the hype.
The hype is REAL. Here is why – speed and no babysitting. Close that lid and peace out. But not for 8 hours like every slow cooker recipe. So the pressure cooker is the answer to your meal prep prayers. Enter – applesauce.
Sidebar – have you guys heard of Imperfect Produce? Quick summary, they deliver produce to your house that would have otherwise gone to waste. Food waste is a shitty problem. People are eating fish sandwiches from McDonalds while the ugly, small, semi-old fruits and veggies go in the trash. Saaadd.
But man sh*t I got a load of apples! Can we talk about fruit as a snack for a sec? If I’m having an apple for my snack, there’s a scoop of peanut butter with it. Apple alone? In hand? meh? hard pass.
Apple SAUCE on the other hand… this I can get behind. Did you guys used to bend the foil lid on the apple sauce cups and use it like a spoon/scoop/shovel? Classic move.
And THIS apple sauce has no added sugar – just dates. A date is another piece of fruit so let’s just called this fruit puree and call ourselves
Why this recipe will make you happy:
- no added sugar (fruit IS sugar, yo)
- no plastic cups
- tastes like dessert in the afternoon
- perfect meal prepped snack
- 3 apples peeled and chopped
- 3 pears peeled and chopped
- 6 dates pits removed and chopped
- 1 lemon
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
Put peeled and chopped apples, pears, and dates into the instant pot. My pot was filled to the ~4cup line.
Add cinnamon, juice of one lemon, and water.
Hit "porridge" or cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
Quick release. Then use an immersion blender to blend to desired consistency.
You could use a real blender too - just know it will be hot AF!