1 1/2poundstart applesroughly 4 large apples or 6 smaller apples, such as Granny Smith
1 1/2poundssweet applesroughly 4 large apples or 6 smaller apples, such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady
1tablespoonfreshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2teaspoonground pumpkin pie spiceor ground cinnamon
Optional sweetener: 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup honey, pure maple syrup, or brown sugar
Peel and core the apples. Cut into 1-inch chunks and place in the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot.
Add the water, lemon juice, and pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon).
Cover and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on HIGH/Manual pressure for 8 minutes, then vent to release the remaining pressure (if you forget to release it right away, no biggie).
With a wooden spoon or potato masher, mash up the applesauce.
If you'd like it smoother, puree with an immersion blender, or transfer to a regular blend and puree in batches. Stir in sweetener to taste. If you'd like it spicier, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon additional pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Enjoy warm, cold, or at room temperature.