This Instant Pot paleo apple pie filling is full of dreamy, delicious fall flavors. Don’t have a pie crust handy? Just get a spoon and dig in!
Favorite time of year.
It’s fall y’all. At least it should be. I mean, it is halfway through October, after all. But down here in the perpetually sunny south, it’s still in the mid-80’s. And humid. And it probably will be for another month.
But it’s still fall. And regardless of how hot it is, at least it’s still a little bit cooler than summer. And since fall is my favorite time of year, I’ll take what I can get!
One of the reasons that fall is my favorite time of year is that suddenly it’s appropriate to eat pie. Now, I’m all for eating apple pie year-round, but at least I feel socially acceptable doing it in the fall. In fact, I’m all for eating just about every pie year round…
If you’re a fellow pie-lover, here are a few of my favorite gluten-free pies:
- Honey Orange Pumpkin Pie in the Instant Pot
- Personal Pan Apple Pie
- No-Bake Maple Pumpkin Pie
- Deep Dish Gluten-Free Apple Pie
- Gluten-Free Honey Apple Pie
- Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Instant Pot apple pie filling.
I first came up with this pie filling while working on a GAPS/paleo French apple pie recipe. That will be coming soon, I promise. At least I hope. It still needs a little work in the crust area.
Thankfully, the filling area is perfect! This Instant Pot apple pie filling is sooooo good you don’t even need a pie crust to enjoy it. Seriously.
I’ve eaten it for breakfast…
And for a nap-time snack (so I don’t have to share with my kids)…
And for dinner when I forgot to plan something…
My hubby asks for it for no particular reason…
And yes, it’s great in pies, too. 😉
Since I don’t really eat any starches (other than what’s in veggies), or refined sugars or dairy, this Instant Pot apple pie filling is pretty safe for all allergy sufferers. Unless you can’t eat fruit, I guess. Then I’m sorry for your loss.
The juice at the bottom is pretty juicy, so I strain it out for pies, just to make sure it doesn’t make the crust too soggy. If you can have tapioca, you can stir in a little of that to thicken it up.
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Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 10 apples, chopped to about 1/2-1 inch cubes
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 cup honey (raw and/or local is best!)
- dash of Himalayan salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, if desired (I like to use my homemade extract)
Wash apple and chop into 1/2 to 1-inch cubes. You can peel the apples if you like, but I like the skins on!
Place the chopped apples in the Instant Pot liner along with the water. I use the Instant Pot Duo 6 quart 7-in-1.
Place spices, honey, salt, and vanilla on top of the apples and give it a stir to combine.
Set the Instant Pot on manual and press the ‘-/+’ button to 2 minutes.
When the Instant Pot is done, do the quick release.
Use with your favorite pie crust, or store in a sealed jar in the fridge. Or eat with a spoon…
Makes enough filling for two 9-inch pies.
Oh yum! I would love to eat this by the spoonful right now. It cooks so perfectly in the IP!
Thanks, Emily! The IP does make it pretty perfect. 😉 I may have been enjoying it for breakfast the past few days… 😀
What a great idea! I can’t wait to make this – so easy and the girls will love it!
Thanks, Renee! It is super easy. It might be our breakfasts this fall… haha.
Delicious!! My kids would devour this straight from the jars! Love that it’s an IP recipe!!
Thanks, Megan! That’s how I like to eat it. No waiting for a crust to cook. Haha. 😉
My favorite part of an apple pie…the filling! You could eat this for breakfast couldn’t you? Love it!
I definitely eat it for breakfast. 😉 Haha!
I have never tried pre cooking an apple pie filling…I like the idea! Especially since it uses the ip and keeps it more hands off!
Yes, and especially because then you can just get a spoon and eat it asap… haha. I never pre-cooked it either until I got married and my hubby liked his apple pie filling to be really, really soft. 😉
Who needs a pie? This looks amazing on its own! i just need a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream to go on it.
Haha! Exactly. 😉
Yes to this! I don’t think it would make it to the actual pie part. I may eat it all hah!! Looks delicious!
Haha! I have to try really hard and save it from my husband’s clutches…
I LOVE apple pies! I also love how moist and fragrant this pie filling is. So perfect!
Thank you! It’s perfect for fall. 🙂
This looks so cozy, and I have to say the 2 minutes cook time sounds pretty good too! My husband loves apple pie, and I know he’s going to love this apple filling!
Thanks, Kari! My hubby is a huge fan as well. He asks me to make this for breakfast so he can have a quick fix. Haha!
What a fabulous idea! Love that it’s Paleo too. We need those healthier choices.
Yes, we do. 😉 Thanks, Linda!
I love using the IP! Such a versatile recipe. Would be perfect in your apple crumble!
Yes, it would be! Great thinking. 🙂
I’m just like you, pie is one of my favorite desserts, so I am all for eating it year-round! I love that your filling uses cardamom. I think I could eat this by the spoonful. 🙂
It is pretty delicious by the spoonful. 😉
My son loves apple pie and I never thought of making it in the instant pot. Great idea plus it looks delicious.
Could you freeze this and use it later for a pie?
I’ve honestly never tried it! I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, though it would probably be much mushier upon thawing it…