Instant Pot Apple Butter (Slow Cooker Apple Butter)

Chai spiced apple butter is SO quick and easy to make in an Instant Pot multicooker or a slow cooker! This delicious homemade apple butter recipe has NO ADDED SUGAR! Can be served as a spread on toast or crackers, as a healthy dip for fruit or vegetables, a topping for meats, or even in desserts!


  • 5 pounds apples*, peeled, cored, and cut into 1⁄2-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar, optional

Additional Ingredient for Multicooker/Instant Pot

  • 1/4 cup apple cider


For Electric Multicooker/Instant Pot:

  • Core the apples (leave the peels on, if desired) and cut into quarters.
  • Add the apples and apple cider to the multicooker. Cover and cook for 20 minutes at high pressure, then allow pressure to release naturally. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the contents of the cooker. If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer contents into a blender to puree them, then transfer the puree back to the multicooker.
  • Add the spices and sugar (if using) to the pot.
  • Press sauté and cook uncovered for 20-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apple butter is thick enough that a wooden spoon will stand up in it. Note that if you did not add sugar, it will take longer for the apple butter to reduce and thicken.

For Slow Cooker:

  • Place the apple slices into the slow cooker crock.
  • In a small bowl, mix the vanilla extract, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, and salt together; Stir the spice mixture into the apples gently but thoroughly. Cover the crock, but vent the lid using a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Cook on low 7 to 8 hours, stirring once or twice if you are home. You want the apples to break down and thicken.


  • *Phyllis used McIntosh apples. I used Granny Smith. I think any cooking apple (or a variety of several) would be wonderful.
  • **Nutritional data shown is for one pint, not per serving.

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