This Instant Pot Apple Crisp with organic granola is quick and delicious! It’s a cozy vegan dessert recipe made in under 30 minutes in a pressure cooker.
This post was created in partnership with One Degree Organic Foods. All opinions are our own.
Growing up in Minnesota, my family had an apple tree in the backyard that had the best crisp tart apples. Every year we’d pick them to make them into our “famous” apple butter to give to neighbors and friends, and of course apple crisp. The fragrance of apple crisp in the oven is one of those foundational smell memories for me.
This fall Alex and I were looking to try out a healthier spin on my family’s apple crisp and thought of the idea of an Instant Pot apple crisp with granola. We’d heard of making pressure cooker apple crisp, and we were looking to feature granola from One Degree Organics, one of our favorite thoughtful companies making organic products. So, why not combine them? After testing many times to get the timing just right, we were able to make delicious Instant Pot apple crisp using our favorite granola for the sweet topping. Keep reading for the recipe!
What is sprouted granola?
Alex and I get to work with a lot of exciting clients, and One Degree Organics is one those. They’re a family business that thinks there should be only one degree of separation between you and the person you grew your food, like a farmer’s market. Every single product they put out has thoughtfully sourced, organic ingredients. In this Instant Pot apple crisp recipe, we’ve used a One Degree Organic’s Sprouted Oat Vanilla Chia Granola. If you know us well, you’ll know that we typically make our own granola and don’t buy it at the store. However, it’s a different story with One Degree Organics! Part of the reason we know this is because we know the daughter of the founders, who also works for the company and is mama to a boy around Larson’s age. We love feeding Larson their granola, and he loves waving at his friends on the back of the package!
What’s sprouted oat granola?
- Sprouted grains are grains that are soaked in water until they germinate, releasing vital enzymes. Sprouted grains are nutrient-rich, easier for your body to absorb, and easier to digest.
- Sprouted grains are also lower glycemic-index foods.
- One Degree’s sprouted oat granola is made with organic soaked oats, vitamin-rich seeds and grains, and warm spices such as cinnamon, cacao, and vanilla.
- Every ingredient in One Degree’s granola can be traced by scanning the QR code on the package or entering the product code on onedegreeorganics.com. For this granola, type in “9HNCH6” and you can see all the farmers of the ingredients!
Why to make Instant Pot apple crisp
Alex and I had to test this Instant Pot apple crisp many times to get it perfect, and we’re so glad we did. Cooking apple crisp in an Instant Pot actually works! What if you don’t have an Instant Pot? For this one there’s not a great substitute: but let us know if you’d like us to create a stovetop apple crisp with granola: we’re thinking about it!
A few people have already tested this recipe for us, to make sure we got the timing right. Here’s what people are saying about this pressure cooker apple crisp:
- “This Instant Pot apple crisp is definitely going into regular rotation, so good! It felt like my first dessert of the fall season. The lemon zest topping was a really nice added brightness. I especially loved that it was so quick and easy!” -Erin
- “It was easy and quick and even though it was made in the Instant Pot rather than the oven it made my kitchen smell amazing. The apples came out perfectly tender. My 10 year old girls helped me put it together and asked for seconds!” -Lisa
How to make Instant Pot apple crisp
A few important things to know about this Instant Pot apple crisp before you start. Let us know if you give it a try in the comments below!
- If you use your Instant Pot (pressure cooker) to cook strong savory items, the sealing ring on the inside of the lid can sometimes pick up flavor. You may want to check the plastic seal on the lid and smell it before you make a dessert. If it has an odor, soak it in vinegar for a few hours. Typically this shouldn’t be a problem, but we actually ran across it in our first test of this recipe. (It was pretty disgusting — ha!) We have since purchased 2 Instant Pot sealing rings and use one for savory recipes and one for sweet recipes.
- Expect a chewy topping! Since this apple crisp is cooked in a pressure cooker, the granola comes out with a chewy texture. This was the intention with this recipe.
- Make sure to garnish! For this Instant Pot apple crisp, we decided to add a sprinkle of lemon zest mixed with cinnamon to brighten up the darker flavors of the crisp. It adds the perfect brightness to the dish! Then serve with vegan ice cream or if you’re not vegan, our homemade whipped cream recipe or yogurt whipped cream.
About One Degree Organics: The mission of One Degree Organic Foods is to bring food straight from a farm to your table so there’s only one degree of separation between you and person who grew your food (like a farmer’s market). The story of the family farmers who grow every ingredient is on QR code on the package! All of One Degree’s products are sprouted, traceable, organic, and non-GMO project verified. An incredible amount of care goes into all of their products (sprouted grain flours, cereals, breads, and granolas), and it was easy to see the passion that drives this company forward.
Where to buy sprouted granola
Looking for more Instant Pot dessert recipes?
This Instant Pot apple crisp with granola is our first Instant Pot dessert recipe! We’re working on some more Instant Pot dessert recipes, but in the meantime here are a few healthy Instant Pot recipes:
Looking for more vegan dessert recipes?
Outside of this Instant Pot apple crisp with granola, here are some of our favorite vegan dessert recipes:
- Chocolate Tahini Vegan No Bake Cookies
- Chocolate Sweet Cherry Vegan Tarts
- Balsamic Blackberry Vegan Cheesecakes
- Easy Bananas Foster (use vegan variation)
This recipe is…
This Instant Pot apple crisp with granola recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and plant based.
This Instant Pot Apple Crisp with organic granola is quick and delicious! It’s a cozy vegan dessert recipe made in under 30 minutes in a pressure cooker. Don’t be fooled: though it’s called a crisp, the oats come out intentionally chewy.
- 1 1/2 cups One Degree Organic Sprouted Oat Vanilla Chia Granola
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 4 large or 6 small tart apples (like Granny Smith), enough for 5 cups sliced
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup water
- For the garnish:
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- (Before you start, read the note below.) In a small bowl, mix together the granola, room temperature coconut oil and 2 tablespoons brown sugar; you may need to use your hands to bring everything together. (Note: The granola we used was lightly sweet. If using a very sweet granola, you can lessen the sugar in the topping.)
- Peel and slice the apples into about 1/4″ slices, enough for 5 cups, and place them in the bowl of the Instant Pot. Stir in 2 tablespoons brown sugar, then the maple, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and water. Smooth the apples into an even layer and pour the granola mixture over the top, covering the apples.
- Lock the top of the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 2 minutes. (Note: It takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” before it starts cooking. During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.) After the pot beeps, immediately do a Quick Release: vent the remaining steam by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. (Never put your hands or face near the steam release valve when releasing steam.)
- While the crisp is cooking, prepare the garnish: Zest 1 lemon. Mix it together with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
- After the Quick Release, remove the lid. Turn off the pot and let the crisp sit uncovered for 5 minutes (make sure Keep Warm feature is turned off). This lets the sauce thicken; the oats will be intentionally chewy, not crunchy. Scoop the crisp into bowls and add a pinch of the lemon zest garnish. If desired, serve with vegan vanilla ice cream.
Important note: If you use your Instant Pot / pressure cooker to cook strong savory items, the sealing ring on the inside of the lid can sometimes pick up flavor. You may want to check the plastic seal on the lid and smell it before you make a dessert. If it has an odor, soak it in vinegar for a few hours. Typically this shouldn’t be a problem, but we actually ran across it in our first test of this recipe. We have since purchased 2 Instant Pot sealing rings and use one for savory recipes and one for sweet recipes.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Apple Crisp, Apple Dessert, Instant Pot Apple Crisp, Apple Crisp with Granola, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.