Apple Brownies in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life


Delicious, gluten-free, and reduced-sugar apple brownies mixed in a blender and cooked in just fifteen minutes in an Instant Pot!



  • 2 C oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp each ground ginger & nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C diced apple (I like fuji or gala)

Maple Cream Frosting

  • 2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar


  1. Blend the oats in a blender for 30 seconds until they resembled a soft flour. Add the spices, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Blend again for just about 5 seconds until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the blender (eggs, applesauce, melted butter, and vanilla). Blend again for about thirty seconds until all the ingredients are mixed and a wet batter is formed.
  3. Stir the diced apples into the brownie batter. Pour the mixture into a 7″ springform pan that has been lightly greased. Cover the pan with foil.
  4. Pour 1 C of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot liner. Place in a trivet, and then set the springform pan on the trivet. Cover the Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  5. After the cooking time is completed, quick release the pressure. Carefully remove the springform pan from the Instant Pot, and discard the foil. Let the brownies cool for 5 minutes before releasing the outer wall of the springform pan. Transfer the brownies to a serving plate and cool.
  6. Make the maple frosting: Combine the frosting ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Spread on top of cooled brownies.
  7. Slice and serve warm, or give the frosting time to set up before slicing. Your choice!


I used a 7″ springform pan to make these brownies. If you wanted to use a 6″ pan, increase the cooking time by a few minutes.