Homemade Instant Pot Apple Cider

October 31, 2018

Apple cider has been our go-to Fall treat so far. Casey has worked on this recipe a lot already, and we've gone through many pounds of apples. Luckily we spent last weekend near a bunch of apple orchards, so we picked up about 100 apples for just over $20. It was way cheaper than buying them in a grocery store and we get to carry on our apple cider adventures.

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The great thing about this recipe is that it is super WW friendly. I drink it as my dessert or just to feel cozy inside without the guilt.

We've found that the the best apple to use for this recipe is a variety. You want to have a little tang and a little sweetness, so using a mixture of those kinds of apples is best.

Another thing we found on our apple cider journey is that peeling the apples allows for more flavor. You can leave the peels on if you want to make this recipe even faster. But if you have time to peel them, do it. We have a yummy recipe coming soon to show you what you can do with the leftover skins.

We actually bought this apple corer, peeler, and slicer just because we were making so many apple products and coring them by hand got old real quickly.

Also, if you don't have the handy dandy machine that slices the apples for you, you can cut them into quarters. You don't have to slice them this thin, although it's a lot easier to manage in the end.

Now the hero of this recipe is the Instant Pot. Without it, we wouldn't be able to make apple cider in 30 minutes. To be honest- when we first got our Instant Pot, we were really disappointed. Because you have to release the pressure and wait for it to pressurize in the beginning, cooking times ended up being close to (or longer than) the same thing when we just cooked in the oven or on the stove.

It took us a really long time to start appreciating the Instant Pot. We almost just gave it away. But then we started figuring out ways to use it for non-typical things and now I don't think I could live without it. Apple cider is just one of the great things we use it for now.

Now if you are on WW like us, you'll want to sweeten your cider to taste at the end. Depending on what apples you use, you may not need an extra sweetener at all. Our favorite way to sweeten it is with sugar-free syrup. If you aren't on WW, feel free to use real sugar, or even better- brown sugar. But I'd still wait til the end to sweeten. You won't need as much sweetener as you think!

Yield: 4 - 8 oz.

Homemade Instant Pot Apple Cider


  • 4 lbs. Apples
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbs. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs. Whole Allspice
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar-free Syrup


  1. Peel, core, and slice apples.
  2. Add the apples, water, and spices into the instant pot.
  3. Close the instant pot and set on manual to 20 minutes. 
  4. Let the pressure naturally release for at least 15 minutes, although 30. minutes is better.
  5. Quick release any leftover pressure and remove the lid.
  6. Smash the apples with a masher until it resembles a chunky applesauce.
  7. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour the mixture into the strainer in batches. Push the mixture into the strainer to release any liquid.
  8. Move liquid to an air-tight container and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.



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