You’re just eight minutes away from a delicious, naturally light, cinnamon spiced wintertime treat.
Instant Pot Baked apples are a delicious time saving, healthy winter dessert. Whole, crisp apples and warm baking spices are the stars of the show. Each apple center is stuffed with the perfect balance of butter, maple syrup, cinnamon sugar, cranberries, oats, and walnuts. This great combination, after cooking, makes a rich butter pouring sauce, that tastes just heavenly. These are delicious on their own, but for faux apple pie a la mode, you can also serve with a scoop of your favorite ice cream or Greek yogurt.
Prepare in an instant your favorite flavors in one warm, tender, and satisfying dessert. You won’t believe it!
Ok, if you do not own an Instant Pot or a pressure cooker, you can still enjoy this amazing baked treat quickly using your oven. See below for baking times.
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6 large apples, (Granny Smith, Jonagold or Honey Crisp) * Yes, that sounds like a lot of apples, but store them separately in containers to warm up later as an low calorie snack!
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon old fashioned oats or granola
1 tablespoon finely grated zest from an orange
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
Lemon zest, grated ginger, candied ginger, raisins or other dried fruit, walnuts, cream cheese, mascarpone, peanut butter, Nutella
- Rinse and cut off the tops of the apples. Using a knife, spoon, or a melon baller to remove the core, creating a bowl, being careful not to cut through the bottom of the apple.
- In a medium bowl, combine together butter, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, maple syrup, oats, zest, cranberries, nuts, and salt. Mix until blended. Stuff each apple with filling, place apple top on top, and place in a dish or mugs that fit in your Instant Pot.
Directions for Instant Pot: If you are using a programmable Instant Pot, Place a steaming rack in the cooker and pour 1 cup of water into the inner liner. Put the dish with the apples, that fits inside the liner, on the rack/trivet in the pressure cooker. Put the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Press the Pressure Cook or Manual button or dial, to select the time (7 minutes for a firm result, 11 minutes for a softer result). Size of apple makes a difference. When the cook cycle is finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 5 minutes (5 minutes natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to manually release the remaining steam/pressure. When the pin in the lid drops down, open the lid and use tongs to remove the pan of apples. To check for doneness, slide a small sharp knife through the side of each apple. if there s any resistance, return them to the pressure cooker, close and lock the lid, and allow them to sit in the residual heat for 5 to 10 minutes before testing again.
Directions for Pressure Cooker: Place the steaming rack in the cooker and add 1 cup of water. Place the dish with the apples on the rack. If your pressure cooker only has one setting, cook for 4 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally, (Alternatively, allow the steam to release the remaining pressure for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.) To check for doneness, slide a small sharp knife through the side of each apple. If there is any resistance, return them to the pressure cooker, close and lock the lid, and allow them to sit in the residual heat for 5 to 10 minutes before testing again.
Directions for Oven: To bake in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, use only 1/2 cup of water in the dish and cook for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender.
Serving: Remove the dish of apples from the pressure cooker or oven. Serve warm or at room temperature, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Greek yogurt, or a drizzle of heavy cream.
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