Instant Pot Date-Sweetened Apple Butter -- This is the only Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe you'll need this fall to make all of your apple butter desserts, cocktails, and savory dishes. This apple butter is spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and other warming spices. -- #InstantPotDateSweetenedAppleButter #InstantPotAppleButter #quickapplebutter #naturallysweetenedapplebutter

Instant Pot Date-Sweetened Apple Butter

This fall-spiced Instant Po Date-Sweetened Apple Butter is so simple and quick to put together. The dates provide a caramel-like sweetness to the apples that will pair so well with desserts, cocktails, and even savory dishes. 

Course Sauce/Glaze
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Author Brittany Hollie



  • 5 pounds apples (used Gala apples)
  • 1/2 cup Deglet Nour dates pitted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/4 cup organic brown sugar



  1. Wash, peel, and core all of your apples and place them in your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.
  2. Add water, pitted dates, spices, and vanilla extract to the Instant Pot. Mix everything together and then put the lid on the Instant Pot.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to Manual or Pressure Cook and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release pressure.
  5. Remove the cinnamon sticks from the apple mixture and place to the side. Purée the mixture with an immersion blender until smooth.
  6. Turn on the Sauté function, select “Less” and thicken the apple butter until your desired consistency while stirring occasionally. If you would like, you can return the cinnamon sticks to the pot to simmer with the apple butter to intensify the cinnamon flavor. It will take you about 30 minutes to 1 hour to reach the proper apple butter consistency. If you are short on time, add the optional brown sugar and the apple butter will thicken faster.
  7. To store the apple butter you can place it in jars and place it in the refrigerator or you can freeze the apple butter in freezer bags. The apple butter will keep in the fridge for a few weeks and will stay fresh in the freezer for a few months.

Recipe Notes

If you need help thickening the apple butter more quickly then add the optional brown sugar.