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Instant Pot Apple Crisp Recipe

Instant Pot Apple Crisp

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…
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, apple crisp, instant pot apple crisp
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 273 kcal


  • 9 cups apples small firm apples such as Granny Smith, Gala, or Ambrosia, work well. Cored and sliced. Peeling half of the apples gives the best results.
  • 1 cup apple juice/apple cider/water
  • 2 tablespoons water extra bit of water helps to create steam and bring to pressure
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar could increase to 3/4 cup
  • 3/4 cup butter melted for healthier option use grass-fed butter or coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg could increase to 1/4
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter


  1. Spray or grease the liner of the Instant Pot. (I use an olive oil spray or an avocado oil spray.)

  2. Core and slice apples. You can peel your apples if you wish. It seems that peeling half of the apples helps create the best consistency.

  3. Add sliced apples to the greased Instant Pot.

  4. To the apples, add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

  5. In a measuring cup or bowl, combine apple juice, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract.

  6. Pour half of the apple juice mixture over the apple and add the extra 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside the remaining liquid.

  7. In a small bowl or a cup, mix arrowroot flour/cornstarch with 2 tablespoons or so of water.

  8. Add arrowroot/cornstarch mixture to the apples and stir until apples are coated and cinnamon is well distributed.

  9. In a large bowl, add rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, remaining cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt if using unsalted butter.

  10. Add melted butter and stir until well combined.

  11. Pour oat topping on top of the apples in the Instant Pot and smooth out the oats, taking care to cover all the apples.
  12. Once oat topping is spread over the apples, gently pour the reserved apple juice mixture over the oat topping.

  13. Close Instant Pot and set valve to sealing.

  14. Press Manual and set for 1 minute. It will take between 7 to 10 minutes to come to pressure and then the countdown for 1 minute will start.

  15. When cooking time is finished, do a quick steam release.

  16. Transfer the crisp to another baking dish and let it sit and cool for ten minutes before serving.

  17. OR if you would like a crisper topping, transfer the apple crisp into an oven-safe dish and broil it in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes to brown the topping.

  18. Serve warm, as is, or serve with vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or whipped cream. We eat ours with vanilla frozen Greek yogurt.

Recipe Notes

Making apple crisp in an Instant Pot can be a bit tricky… and there is a risk of your apples getting too soft. The type of apples really affects how the crisp cooks.  Some types of apples break down very quickly while others are drier and keep their shape. Small firm apples such as Granny Smith, Gala, or Ambrosia, work well.


Newer models of the Instant Pot can be more sensitive to triggering a "burn notice" if food sticks to the bottom of the pot while cooking. If you get a burn message, add a couple more tablespoons of water and turn the pot a quarter turn to move the spot where the heat is concentrating. You may also want to stir the crisp and scrape anything that is sticking from the bottom of the Instant Pot. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Apple Crisp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 191mg5%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.