Did you know you can make a fruit crisp in your Instant Pot? This Instant Pot Apple Crisp recipe makes a delicious, irresistible apple crisp that is ready in mere minutes…
Apple crisp is the all-time dessert winner in our family’s kitchen.
It is the dessert that I have made more than any other in my life — and, when I was growing up, apple crisp is the dessert that my mother made more than any other.
My teenage son loves fruit crisps so much he has told me he would rather have an apple crisp than a birthday cake!
Fruit crisps are my go-to dessert because they are so easy to make, they are healthier than cakes and pies, and everyone loves them. My kids get servings of fruit and oatmeal — and I try to get away with adding as little sugar as I possible.
While I love to use different combinations of apples and berries in my crisps, I bake apple-blueberry crisps most often, I also love to make classic apple crisps. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and apples… Mmmm… it is homemade goodness.
Baking an apple crisp in the oven takes about 45 minutes. When my kids are begging for a crisp and I want to hurry and get dessert on the table, that wait can seem like hours.
So, since I am one of the millions of Instant Pot fans, I had to try making an apple crisp in the Instant Pot.
After some testing, (very yummy testing,) here is my classic apple crisp recipe converted into an Instant Pot Apple Crisp recipe.
It is as delicious as it is FAST to make. Oh my goodness, the Instant Pot has those apples soft so fast you will barely have time to clear the dinner dishes before it is ready.
To speed up my crisp prep, I don’t peel my apples and I core and slice with this fabulous apple slicing tool.
I use organic apples, so I don’t mind keeping the skins on them.
And the Instant Pot cooks the apples and skins so fast, I don’t have to worry about cutting super thin slices to speed up the cooking time like I do when I am baking in the oven.
Since the Instant Pot needs liquid to cook, my Instant Pot Apple Crisp Recipe is different than my classic Apple Crisp Recipe.
For the liquid in this recipe, you can use apple cider, apple juice, or just water.
I use apple juice when I don’t have any apple cider in the house and I use a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a couple tablespoons of lemon juice to give the crisp a more robust flavour.
Don’t worry — you will not taste the vinegar, you will just taste the fabulous results.
To thicken up the liquid, you can use arrowroot flour, cornstarch, or your other favourite thickening starch or flour. I use a couple tablespoons of arrowroot flour.
Also, I should let you know, this apple crisp recipe uses DOUBLE the usual amount of rolled oats for the crisp topping.
My kids and I love apple crisp topping SO much and everyone always wants extra topping, so whenever I make a fruit crisp, I double the oats.
If you want less topping, feel free to cut the topping ingredients — the oats, flour, brown sugar, spices, and butter — in half.
But, I recommend following the recipe as is. The topping is SO incredible, everyone will want lots with their serving.
To cut down on any guilt and to make your crisp healthier, use less brown sugar and use grass-fed butter or coconut oil.
You may notice that I don’t put any granulated sugar in with my apples. I never do when I make crisps. I find that the fruit is sweet enough and the topping will sweeten the dish more than enough.
The majority of the time that the crisp is in the Instant Pot will be while the pressure is building in the pot. The actual cooking time is as short as 5-7 minutes, depending on how soft you want your apples and what kind of apples you are using.
Ambrosia apples are in our local stores right now and they are one of our favourite apple varieties. Even with the skins on and sliced thick, they are super soft after 7 minutes. I am going to go down to 5 minutes the next time I make a batch.
You can serve your crisp directly from the Instant Pot, (allow it to cool for ten minutes or so before serving,) or you can scoop it into an oven safe dish and broil it in the oven for 5 minutes to brown the topping.
Serve warm, as is, or serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. We eat ours with vanilla frozen Greek yogurt.
Frozen Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular frozen yogurt or ice cream, so it is a great substitute. You can feel a little less guilty about your scrumptious indulgence.
Instant Pot Apple Crisp Recipe
- 8-10 apples, cored and sliced (peeled if preferred)
- 1 cup apple juice/apple cider/water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour or cornstarch
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup flour
- ½ - ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup butter melted (for healthier option use grass-fed butter or coconut oil)
- 2½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
- Spray or grease the liner of the Instant Pot. (I use an olive oil spray or an avocado oil spray)
- Core and slice apples. You can peel your apples if you wish. I use organic apples and do not peel them.
- Add sliced apples to the greased Instant Pot
- To the apples, add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt
- In a measuring cup or bowl, combine apple juice, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract
- Pour half of the apple juice mixture over the apples. Set aside the remaining liquid.
- In a small bowl or a cup, mix arrowroot flour/cornstarch with 2 tablespoons or so of water
- Add arrowroot/cornstarch mixture to the apples and stir until apples are coated and cinnamon is well distributed
- In a large bowl, add rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, remaining cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt if using unsalted butter
- Add melted butter and stir until well combined
- Pour oat topping on top of the apples in the Instant Pot and smooth out the oats, taking care to cover all the apples.
- Once oat topping is spread over the apples, gently pour the reserved apple juice mixture over the oat topping
- Close Instant Pot and set valve to venting
- Press Manual and set for 5-7 minutes, depending on how soft you want your apples, the thickness of your apple slices, and the variety of your apples
- When cooking time is finished, do a quick steam release
- Allow crisp to set and cool for ten minutes or so before serving
- OR if you would like a crisper topping, scoop apple crisp into an oven safe dish and broil it in the oven for 5 minutes to brown the topping
- Serve warm, as is, or serve with vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or whipped cream. We eat ours with vanilla frozen Greek yogurt.
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