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A couple of years ago, I traveled to visit my family in Argentina and I ended up having a terrible bout of gastritis that took a couple months to recover from. This recipe is an Instant Pot version of my staple applesauce recipe that got me through that tricky time. Since I couldn’t keep a lot of food down and my digestion was impaired, applesauce with a hint of fresh ginger was one of the few things that was palatable and kept me nourished. You don’t need to be sick to enjoy it though — it is the perfect thing to make from an abundance of apples in the fall, and makes a perfect accompaniment to meat dishes during the holiday season.
I’ve made this recipe with both tart and sweet apples, and it works well as long as your apples are firm and fresh (which shouldn’t be a problem as they are in season right now!). As far as to peel the apples or cook the peels, I like using the peels as they have extra nutrients, but if you are digestively challenged due to illness you could make this with peeled apples.
And lastly, be sure to listen for the timer to go off on your Instant Pot and depressurize quickly, as leaving the apples in the pot too long after cooking will burn them. Enjoy!
- 3 pounds firm apples (sweet or tart), cored and cut into chunks
- 1 cup water
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Place the apple chunks, water, lemon juice, ginger, and sea salt in the bottom of your Instant Pot and stir to combine. Close and lock the lid and cook on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, promptly use a wet rag to quick-release the pressure (this is necessary to prevent burning). Turn off the warming function and remove the lid. Allow to cool for 10 or more minutes.
- When the mixture is cool enough to safely handle, transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until desired consistency is reached.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Thank you for this recipe. It is come at just the perfect time. What are some other foods that would be good to eat while I am having a flareup of heartburn and bloating even though I am not eating much right now.I can keep water and bone broth, spinach smoothie going. I had a sweet potato last night.
Cathie, I hope it helps you recover! It was exactly what I needed when I was having some digestive issues. Best of luck!
This is a great recipe!! Easy and delicious!! Thank you!!
I’m so happy you loved it Annette!
Hello! This recipe looks delicious! Thank you! I am unable to have any citrus right now. Can I just leave that out of the recipe?
Hi Christy! Yes, you can leave out the citrus and it will have a little different flavor, but still work.
Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s easy and totally delicious! This is just what we need for a bit of healthy sweetness. 👏🏻
So happy you loved it Deborah!
Perfect proportions, I’ve made it multiple times. Also, I’ve used raggedy discount apples past thier eating prime and it’s still great.
Thanks for sharing Zoe! Yes, this is a great one to make with those apples that have imperfections!
Back again to praise this recipe and essentially all the recipes on this website. Buy the book! You won’t regret it!
Thanks for the feedback Zoe!
On this website there’s a list of AIP recipes and it contains a link to something called Strawberry Applesauce, but when I click it it brings me to this recipe instead
Hi Steve! We’ve cleaned up some of our older recipes, and any that were removed redirect to something similar. Sorry for the trouble!