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Instant Pot Apple Crisp Recipe with Gluten Free Apple Crisp Option

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Instant Pot apple crisp is one of our favorite Instant Pot apple desserts. Betty Crocker apple crisp is a tried and true recipe I have made for years. I just recently adapted it to the Instant Pot world.

So simple, delicious, and one recipe you will want to make over and over again.

instant pot apple crisp in white bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and instant pot in the background

You also might enjoy my Instant Pot applesauce with pears, apple spice cake, or even my apple cobbler.

I love all kinds of apple deserts, and these Instant Pot apple recipes should be a must-make! You won't be disappointed.

Why Will You Like This Instant Pot Apple Crisp...

  • Easy
  • Delicious Instant Pot Dessert
  • Gluten-Free (I share how in the recipe card)
  • Fresh Apples
  • Hearty Oats
  • Sweetness in each Bite


  • Flour
  • Oats
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Apples
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon Juice

How To Make

Place the topping items in a bowl and mix and then set aside.

Cut and dice up your apples as directed in the recipe card. Add the remaining butter, lemon juice, vanilla, light brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg to the inner pot of your Instant Pot.

Saute for 2 minutes, stirring often to mix it well. Add in the water, top with the apple crisp topping.

Pressure cook for 1 minute, the quick release the pressure cooker.

Dish up and serve up this apple crisp!

How to Make Gluten Free

Not all products are created equal, and this is even more true when shopping for gluten-free products. Many products are naturally gluten free, but if you have a gluten intolerance or a disease that prevents you from eating gluten, you know you have to be extra careful about avoiding gluten and cross-contamination.

Here are gluten-free product substitutions we used in this recipe to make a gluten free almond flour apple crisp in Instant Pot recipe.

  • almond flour | King Arthur has a wide range of gluten-free products.
  • gluten free rolled oats | Be careful when buying oats. Double check that they are gluten free and not cross-contaminated.
  • light brown sugar | While naturally gluten-free, make sure you buy brown sugar that specifically says it is gluten free so you don't accidentally purchase a product that is produced in a facility that also produces products containing gluten.
  • ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg | Jackie's kitchen has a selection of gluten free spices to stock up on.

Do you have to peel apples for apple crisp?

This recipe makes learning how to slice apples for apple crisp super easy. Not only do you not have to peel the apples, but you simply use an apple corer/slicer, and then cut the apple slices into bite-sized pieces.

A healthy apple crisp recipe that uses real apples! Nothing fake going on here, and in no time you have a dessert the whole family can devour.

instant pot apple crisp apples cut up on cutting board for apple crisp

Supplies Used to Make Instant Pot Apple Crisp

Helpful Tips

  • Make sure to cook just 1 minute and quick release. If you allow it to natural release it will make the apples to soft.
  • Aim to cut up the apples similar in size, so you get an even cook on the apples.
  • Use whatever variety of apple you like. A baking apple is best as it will hold up the best. Or do a mix of apple varieties for added flavor.
  • Using quality filtered water is going to help offer the flavor of the apple crisp is tasty.

Is this a healthy apple crisp with oats?

Due to the sugar and butter used, you have to remember it is okay when eaten in moderation. You will get some heartiness from the oats, nutrients from the apples.

instant pot apple crisp topping ingredients in clear mixing bowl

How to Serve Up This Instant Pot Apple Crisp

  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Serve it up plain
  • Top with some crushed pecans for added crunch
  • Etc

Honestly, this apple crisp recipe is great served alone but also delicious with your favorite toppings!

Recipe FAQs

What apples are good for Instant Pot Apple Crisp?

Make this apple cobbler crisp with Honeycrisp apples or gala apples. You want a sweet apple that will help to add a nice sweetness while still holding up as it cooks.
You could even venture out and try a Granny Smith with some Honeycrisp apples. This would give your dessert more dimension in texture and flavor.

Is Crisp The Same As Cobbler?

Cobbler is more cake-like on the topping where crisps are made using oats. Both have a fruit filling and are absolutely delicious to eat up! I love them both but crisps always win me over with the oats!

Can I Make This With Canned Apple Pie Filling?

If you don't want to use fresh apples, go ahead and reach for canned apple pie filling. I would suggest using 2 cans for this recipe, as one can doesn't go too far.
It will be very similar you will just lack the mix of homemade but it will taste very similar to using fresh apples!

Does Crisp Refrigerate Well?

You can enjoy leftover dessert. Just place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4-5 days. Then you can eat the leftovers cold or toss in the microwave for a quick reheat.
If you reheat just do a little time at a time, it will get bubbling hot fast. Then top with your favorite toppings or enjoy it plain. The crisp topping will be a bit soggier in texture but still taste incredible!

More Instant Pot Desserts

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Apple Crisp

Instant Pot Apple Crisp

This Old Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe is just like a traditional baked apple crisp recipe expect it's made in the Instant Pot. We added a gluten-free apple crisp variation in the ingredients below. Just make sure you double-check product labels to ensure you have gluten free ingredients if you make the recipe for someone on a gluten-free diet.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes



Traditional Crisp Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 12 pieces

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Topping Ingredients

Apple Mixture - Naturally Gluten Free

  • 6 gala or honey crisp apples cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup water


    1. Add apple crisp topping ingredients (or gluten free apple crisp topping ingredients) to a mixing bowl and set aside to let the butter soften.
    2. Use apple corer/slicer to slice the apples and remove core and seeds, and then cut up each of the sliced apples into a few pieces.
    3. Add the remaining butter, lemon juice, vanilla, 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the inner pot of your Instant Pot.
    4. Press the sauté button on your Instant Pot and sauté for about 2 minutes, melting the butter and stirring the ingredients to combine.
    5. Shut off the saute mode and add in the apple pieces. Stir to coat the apples with the butter and spices.
    6. Pour 3/4 cup water into the apple mixture and stir.
    7. Use a fork to mix the crumble ingredients into a rough mixture. Pour this evenly over the apples in the Instant Pot.
    8. Set the Instant Pot for a high pressure cooking time of 1 minute on the manual setting.
    9. Do a quick release when the cooking time finishes.
    10. After all the steam releases and the pin drops, carefully remove the lid and serve hot. Or, let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve warm.


Serve topped with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 313Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 31mgSodium 98mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 5gSugar 30gProtein 3g

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