This sugar free apple butter contains only the natural sugars of the apples, and is made in the Instant Pot in just one hour! The prep time includes the time for the Instant Pot to get up to pressure, and the quick release of pressure. Recipe makes about 3 pints
(IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! This recipe was developed on an older 6qt Instant Pot that did not need added liquid. Newer and/or 8qt models need more water added to come to pressure without burning. Try 1-2 cups of water, and then simmer longer to thicken once pureed.)
Start coring and slicing apples, dumping the slices into the Instant Pot as you go. Stop prepping apples when the crockpot is full. (If your pot is not completely filled with apples, you should add the water/cider to make sure you can get it up to pressure for the short cook time.)
Add your spices, then close the lid, making sure the vent is set to sealing.
Cook on the manual setting, for 20 minutes, on high pressure.
Quick release the pressure, and remove the lid.
Use an immersion blender to puree the apples, which will also mix in your spices.
Turn on the saute setting and stir regularly as the apple butter boils. Be careful of splashes! I boiled mine about 15 minutes to reduce it down.
When you're happy with the thickness, you can pour the apple butter into jars and refrigerate, or can your apple butter using a *waterbath method.
*The optional water/cider is for making sure your pot gets up to pressure. When I make this with lots of juicy apples, and fill the Instant Pot completely, I haven't needed extra liquid. But when I've filled it only halfway, or used smaller apples, I've needed to run it twice to get the pressure to build. Adding liquid should make it work on the first try.