Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

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You know those warm cinnamon apples that you’d get as a side dish at a buffet. Those tiny delicious bites of seasonal bliss. These Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples is the perfect side dish for a weeknight meal or to take along to a pot luck.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

These warm cinnamon apples can go easily with ice cream or topping a cake. Whether these apples are made for a dessert or side dish everyone will love them. I like to make them for pot lucks or to take on a picnic as a dessert.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples on grey wood with black and white plaid napkin.

All About The Apples

Apples are seasonal eating from September through Christmas. These cinnamon apples were made with Gala apples. Apples will vary in the market. Use an apple that’s not to tart. Also some apples will need 0 minutes or need an extra minute depending on firmness.

Peeled apples on black cutting board

Begin by peeling the apples first. The skins if left on will just fall off and not be very tasty. The texture is off too so just take the few extra minutes and peel the apples. I like to use an apple corer to remove the apple from the core.

Apple corer on apple with black cutting board.

Once I have cored the apple I then slice the apple slices lengthwise. You don’t have to do this but if you don’t the apple will likely be less soft when done. Some will like this better for texture. If you want super soft apples then slice in half lengthwise.

Apples inside the instant pot with cinnamon and sugar

All About The Spices

Add cinnamon, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice to the instant pot. The lemon juice is not shown in the video but sometimes I add it and sometimes I don’t. It just adds a little kick to the recipe. Toss those apples well in the sugar and cinnamon.

Pouring in cornstarch slurry onto apples inside the instant pot

Next, add that cornstarch slurry. This will help thickening the liquid around the apples and additionally help the pot come to pressure. If you can’t have cornstarch you may use either flour or arrowroot as a thickener. I use cornstarch that’s gluten free.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples on grey wood with black and white plaid napkin.

This is basically like apple pie in a bowl for those that cannot have gluten. I like to create gluten free recipes as I cannot have gluten. It’s great to still have something so loved from my childhood. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

Jenne Kopalek
Apples cooked in cinnamon and sugar in the instant pot.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 158 kcal


  • 4 gala apples or apples of choice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice optional


  • Peel apples. Use apple corer to slice apples. Once the apples are sliced slice the apples lengthwise again. 
  • Place apples into the instant pot. Add in brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir well. 
  • Whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour into the pot and stir well. Place lid onto the pot and set valve to sealed position. 
  • Select button pressure cook/ manual/ high pressure (depending on the button you have on your pot) and then set timer for 1 minute. When instant pot is done pressurizing and the timer stops counting and beeps release pressure from the instant pot.
  • Let cool some and serve. Great with ice cream or just as a side dish.


Keyword Apples, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Instant Pot

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  1. Thank you for the recipe. This sounds wonderful, but do you have a substitution for cornstarch? I am allergic. 🙁 Siri tells me to use regular flour instead, but it has to be gluten free and apparently doesnt work well that way. Just wondering if you found a substitution. Thanks.

    1. Cornstarch is usually used as a substitution to the flour as a thickener. That being said I am pretty sure gluten free flour or arrowroot starch can work in the place of the cornstarch.

  2. Thank you for the gluten free recipes! It’s hard to find gf desserts, and I love homemade pies. So this really helps to get through the drought.