10 Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

Most desserts require too many steps to make frequently without it becoming a hassle. Thankfully this time that’s not an issue. Here I’ll take a look at a few dessert dishes designed to be a frequent indulgence.

Most will have a holiday twist and many a bit of apple inspiration but when they are this good feel free to make them any time of year. Like what you see? Be sure to check out our picks for best Instant Pot cookbooks and which Indian dishes you can make!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

For something simple yet impressive I start off looking at the pumpkin chocolate chip Bundt cake. This recipe immediately caught my eye. It’s unique enough to be a topic of conversation but broad enough to appeal to everyone.

Bundt cake is dense enough to be a satisfying eat yet fluffy enough to still retain the light airy cake flavor. The pumpkin spin is subtle and definitely goes well with the chocolate chips.

Our first recipe comes to us from apinchofhealthy. This blog is an interesting take on food blogs. Focusing on a whole body approach to eating; it offers a fresh reading style. (And taste!)

Pressurecookingtoday offers a very clean take on this pumpkin Bundt cake. I love sites that focus on pressure cooking because they tend to be more concise.

This may be my favorite of the bunch. Southernfamilyfun has a very decadent version which is sure to stand out as a dessert. This blog is run by a family from Atlanta and the layout is extremely modern and user friendly.

Custard Cream Cheesecake

In my book there is nothing sweeter than cheesecake. No diets allowed here; just creamy goodness. Taking the rich softness of cheese with sugar the crust perfectly complements in a way totally unique to this dessert.

Cheesecake may be the ultimate indulgence. The variety of preparation is truly mind boggling. Every flavor of cheese and crust means there are endless cheesecake options. I’m going to keep it simple and suggest the custard cream cheesecake.

While your presentation may vary everynookandcranny has a solid example that sets the bar. Its author and chef Jo brings a lifetime of cooking passion into her recipes.

Another simple showing can be found here. The New York style follows along the lines of being a no frills dish that needs no frills! Jill’s story is an interesting one worth a read in the about me section.

I really like what pressurecookrecipe did with the concept of the cheesecake here. It makes it more appetizer friendly by turning it into cup size pre-made servings.

Apple Bread

A fresh light taste apple bread is great by itself or with different toppings. Before looking at these recipes I hadn’t even considered something like apple bread simply because it’s out of my routine. Thankfully with the Instant Pot and these recipes you can really try out new things easily.

Adventuresofanurse takes full advantage of the apple bread by including a salted caramel topping. It is generally served with this caramel topping however it’s still worth noting for future use. It has a hundred applications.

It’s great for monkey bread too. By-pink has a take that’s simple to make and showcases a great monkey bread.

A richer version of apple bread; apple cake is going to impress anyone who eats it. While the author of this blog generally writes keto and low carb this is definitely neither.

Greek Yogurt

There’s really nothing that can compete with yogurt when it comes to health, ease, and overall taste. It’s very easy to overlook just how fulfilling making your own yogurt can be.

Thisoldgal features a Greek yogurt recipe for the Instant Pot that is really easy to follow. I love recipes that hold your hand a bit in presentation because you never know when it’s your first time.

Pressurecookrecipes has a really nice overview of the benefits of Greek Yogurt along with the recipe. Considering the simplicity it’s a shame making your own yogurt is not more common.

Over at awefilledhomemaker we get to see more of yogurt’s lauded advantages before diving into a really fun recipe that looks and tastes fantastic.

Toffee Pudding

Toffee pudding has a unique but not at all off putting flavor. It is another example of something that can be made by itself or with a topping.

I feel toffee pudding is a great holiday treat but works just as fine in place of any desert.

Homemadeandyummy has a toffee pudding that includes a melted caramel sauce. Once again we see the melted caramel sauce and once again it delivers.

This recipe also features a melted caramel sauce. I am a big fan of melted caramel in any dessert dish. I also like the inclusion of nuts as a topping.

A concise take but very easy to understand recipe can be found at everynookandcranny. I like how it tells you how to make smaller portions as well. It really increases its usefulness.

Apple Cider

I’ll admit I was surprised to learn I could make apple cider in the Instant Pot. It simply never occurred to me. Apple cider is one of those special things that are always better when made at home.

There is no limit to how you can change around what’s added to put any spin you wish on it.

For a bold venture that offers a zesty take on an old favorite lifemadesweeter has an apple cider with a citrus cranberry taste.

Thehomemadecook offers some great anecdotal aspects to cooking. This cider is a more traditional endeavor but is none-the-less sure to please.

Continuing on my path of more and more traditional cider we arrive at wellnessmama. It offers several spins on its traditional cider recipe and guarantees a no fail outcome for the picky.

Chocolate Cake

Is there anything better than chocolate cake? Only chocolate cake prepared quickly! Cake doesn’t seem like the kind of thing you could make in a pressure cooker. I was pleasantly surprised to learn not only is it possible there are great cake recipes too.

I love paintthekitchenred and their powdered sugar chocolate cake. It sets a bar for dessert you want to have.

This take offers a bit of an expanded flavor profile if you’re feeling like something more.

I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the fact any of these cakes would go terrifically with melted caramel topping as well.

Pressureluckcooking’s layout is fun to read and homey. It’s a bit more step by step so it’s a great for a first try.

Chocolate cake in itself is a great first time dessert. The flavor is simple to get right but still powerful.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

My favorite dessert of all time is definitely the pineapple upside down cake. The sugary cake mixing with the one-of-a-kind taste of the pineapple really makes for a great dessert experience.

Lincyscookart has a very well laid out set of instructions for a first try in your Instant Pot.

Jeffrey at pressureluckcooking has a very first time friendly recipe that’s great for getting started.

If you’re cooking for anyone with a gluten allergy there’s still hope. Thisvivaciouslife has a gluten free pineapple upside cake.


It might seem odd that we generally don’t think of applesauce as dessert. It’s also unfortunate because with the Instant Pot and these dishes it can be a common healthy snack.

A good place to begin I found a nice sugarless version here that really showcases the apple. I choose to include the no sugar version first because it’s an excellent example of how a delicious dessert can be healthy.

Over at dontmesswithmama there’s an informative article on a nice simple applesauce.

It’s hard to go wrong with applesauce. Play with different ingredients to make something unique. I prefer tastingtable’s recipe which offers a different texture.

Christmas Pudding

Few things spell the holidays like Christmas pudding. Much easier than making it in the oven these Instant Pot creations deliver quickly giving you more time to focus on other things.

Here is a warm excellent showing from everynookandcranny. It really lands on the flavors of the season while not straying too far with the variety.

For a bit more comprehensive look let’s go over to traditionalcookingschool. Their recipe includes a bit more if you’re willing to be a little adventurous.

The great thing about this pudding is while the central flavor remains the same you can do so much with it. It can be customized to any families taste.

In that spirit; here is another pudding recipe where we see slight variations that make for a different eating experience.

You will see as you cook a central theme to the ingredients that can be changed.

These recipes offer a lot of variety and personalization which is what I feel makes them special. Some of these treats also are made much easier in the Instant Pot which is a great incentive to try them out.

With so many great dishes to choose from you’re sure to find one that fits your needs perfectly. From cake to pudding, applesauce, and even cider there’s no end to the cooking fun.

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