Who knew you could make pressure cooker desserts?
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There have been tons of kitchen appliances that have surfaced over the years. The slow cooker has been around for a long time, but who can forget electric skillets and electric woks? Some people still use them. However, it’s the Instant Pot and the air fryer that have changed how the world cooks.
An Instant Pot can steam, pressure cook, slow-cook, and sauté. However, an Instant Pot can also make soups, stews, rice, and even yogurt.
Also, Instant Pot desserts have taken the world by storm, and we can’t get enough of them.
Because it’s so incredibly versatile, the Instant Pot has become an indispensable tool for family meals, meal prep, and yes, for making Instant Pot desserts.
Instant Pot baking recipes include cakes, pies, brownies, cheesecake, and more. But you can also make other types of Instant Pot desserts, such as Instant Pot pudding, applesauce, and donuts.
Let’s dive in and explore 31 delicious and easy instant pot dessert recipes!
1. Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
If you have some basic pantry items such as semi-sweet chocolate chips, powdered sugar, flour, and vanilla extract, you can make a chocolate lava cake that reportedly will curl your toes.
Sometimes this chocolate cake has been called the better than sex chocolate lava cake.
This chocolate cake is a tender cake with a lava center that is silky smooth.
Oh, and you can whip up this chocolate cake in about 10 minutes.
Serve this cake as it is, or pile it high with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream.
You’ve officially got an over-the-top showstopping dessert that will wow your guests.
2. Cinnamon Poached Pears Covered with Chocolate Sauce
Pears are the queen of the fruit world in many ways, and we love finding recipes that call for them.
For a special fall treat, there are few Instant Pot desserts as delightful as the simple poached pear.
These poached pears make a simple and elegant dessert that showcases the gorgeous seasonal fruit.
The lemon juice helps the pears to keep their color, and we love that this reci8pe calls for wine.
Organic cane sugar and cinnamon bring all of the fall flavors.
The chocolate sauce is made with chunks of bittersweet chocolate, coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut milk.
3. Instant Pot Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Who knew you could use your Instant Pot to make chocolate-covered strawberries?
The fact is, it’s ingenious! When you melt chocolate, the best way to do so is over water in a double boiler.
Melting chocolate this way keeps it from scorching, so it totally makes sense to use your Instant Pot to make this recipe.
To melt chocolate in your Instant Pot, you need to use the saute setting and watch it closely.
The best thing about making chocolate-covered strawberries is that you can use different kinds of chocolate, including some of the new dairy free and gluten free chocolate.
4. Instant Pot Apple Crisp
In the fall, it’s wonderful to find new recipes that we can use to create apple dishes.
Apples are in season in the autumn, and there’s nothing we love more than a delicious apple pie or a crumbly apple crisp.
This recipe calls for wholesome and simple ingredients, most of which you may already have in your pantry.
Use your favorite apples to make this recipe. Spices are cinnamon and nutmeg.
Note that making apple crisp in your Instant Pot won’t give you the trademark crispy top. You will need to pop your apple crisp under the broiler to get the wonderful crunch you crave.
5. Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie
Can you imagine cooking your Thanksgiving pies without ever turning on your oven?
You can make Instant Pot pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or pretty much whatever type of pie you want.
This pumpkin pie comes out smooth and creamy, with the perfect blend of buttery gingersnap crust and delicious fall spices.
What we love about this recipe is that it’s nearly impossible to get it wrong. Even a beginner baker can make the perfect Instant Pot pumpkin pie.
This recipe calls for a crust made from crushed gingersnap cookies and pecans (yum!), but you can use whatever type of crust you like.
6. Instant Pot Cake
If you’re looking for a basic Instant Pot cake recipe, you’ve found it.
This easy Instant Pot chocolate cake is oh so chocolatey and perfectly moist.
Even better, you can make this cake with just a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
When you bake a cake in your Instant Pot, you get a cake that is a lot fudgier, super moist, and a bit denser throughout.
Also, an Instant Pot cake bakes much more evenly than a cake baked in the oven, and it will have a nice flat top that is perfect for buttercream frosting.
Here’s a tip. Instead of water, add coffee for an even more intense chocolate flavor.
7. Instant Pot Rice Krispie Treats
Generations of cooks have made Rice Krispie treats in the microwave, and when you do that, the marshmallows can quickly puff up and bubble over if they’re allowed to get too hot.
It makes so much more sense to make this classic treat in the Instant Pot, where you can gently melt your marshmallows.
Also, the Instant Pot is much easier to clean.
All you need to do is heat the water using the saute setting.
To make Rice Krispy treats, you need marshmallows, unsalted butter, Rice Krispie cereal, and whatever add-ins you want.
8. Nutella Bites
Nutella is surely a food invented by an angel, right? It’s so smooth and creamy, and the flavor is definitely divine.
These cute little Nutella bites require only three ingredients and you probably have them all in your kitchen already: Nutella, eggs, and flour.
Raspberries and other berries are optional, but they make these little Nutella bites super special.
To make these yummy little Nutella bites, you need some of those silicone egg bite molds that you can find on Amazon and in kitchen stores. These molds are made specifically for use in Instant Pots.
9. Peanut Butter Explosion Instant Pot Cake
Chocolate and peanut butter? Yes, please!
When it comes to molten lava cakes, the Instant Pot is the way to go. We love the chocolate lava cake, and this one with peanut butter is to die for.
If you’ve ever had a chocolate lava cake, just imagine the same concept except made with ooey gooey creamy peanut butter in the center of the cake.
This Instant Pot cake is made with both chocolate chips and unsweetened cocoa powder, so it’s so very chocolatey.
Serve this cake warm with a huge scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and it will be perfect.
10. Instant Pot Peach Dump Cake
We love a dump cake! Dump cakes are easy to pull together and usually have just a few ingredients.
This peaches and cream dump cake tastes like heaven, and when you serve it, your guests will think you spent hours preparing it.
This Instant Pot cake has just five ingredients: yellow or white cake mix, peach pie filling, sliced peaches in syrup, butter, and white chocolate chips.
To make this Instant Pot peach dump cake even more special, serve it warm with a huge scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.
Your guests will think it’s peach cobbler!
11. Instant Pot Brownies
There are some great fudge brownie recipes out there, but sometimes we want a cake brownie.
This recipe for Instant Pot brownies takes the cake (ha).
These Instant Pot brownies come out so fluffy and light that we can’t get enough of them.
Instead of chocolate pieces, this brownies recipe calls for unsweetened cocoa powder, butter, milk, and water.
You also need baking powder and baking soda to make these brownies.
No heavy frosting is needed. You can serve these Instant Pot brownies plain or with a dusting of powdered sugar.
12. Easy Instant Pot Apple Cider
When it’s apple cider season, you may find yourself craving this classic hot beverage.
Now, thanks to your Instant Pot, you can make homemade apple cider much more easily than you did in the past.
To make apple cider, you need apples that are sweet, but it’s also good to have some tartness.
Consider a mixture of Granny Smith apples, Gala apples, and Honey Crisp apples.
The lemon, oranges, star anise, and cranberries make this a perfectly festive hot beverage.
Feel free to divide your apple cider batch in half and add some whiskey or bourbon to the portion the adults will be drinking.
13. Instant Pot Chocolate Chip Cake
Sometimes we want a cake that is laden with sugary sweet buttercream frosting.
However, there are times when we want a delicate cake that isn’t overly sweet.
This gorgeous chocolate chip cake is the perfect chocolate cake to serve when you want an understated but elegant dessert option.
You need just one bowl to make this chocolate cake, and it has a wonderful texture.
This cake is basically a chocolate chip coffee cake, and you know how delicious coffee cakes can be.
No frosting is needed for this yummy cake, but you can sprinkle it with some powdered sugar for extra flavor.
14. Instant Pot Strawberry Cake
When you want a simple cake that isn’t overpoweringly sweet, this strawberry Instant Pot cake is exactly what you need.
Here’s a tip: toss your berries with some flour before adding them to the batter. This will help make sure the berries spread evenly into the batter and it will also help the color to not spread too much.
The delicate glaze is made from almond milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.
Once you’ve learned to make this easy strawberry cake recipe, you can try making it with different berries.
Consider blueberry, raspberry, cherry, or even a combination of all of them.
15. 2-Ingredient Cheesecake
You may be surprised to learn that you can make an Instant Pot cheesecake, but when you learn you can make a creamy cheesecake with just two ingredients, you will probably be gobsmacked.
Here’s the kicker: this Instant Pot cheesecake doesn’t have cream cheese in it!
Don’t be too skeptical, though. This Instant Pot cheesecake recipe is all over the internet, so you know it’s probably a shockingly delicious cheesecake.
To make this Instant Pot cheesecake, you need sweetened condensed milk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract, so technically, it’s three ingredients.
The crust for this cheesecake is made from gingersnap cookie crumbs, or you can make a crust with graham crackers.
16. Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake
An Instant Pot cherry dump cake is the perfect dessert recipe for a family gathering, potluck, or BBQ.
We love that this dessert uses a yellow cake mix or white cake mix. Could it possibly be any easier than this?
The only other ingredients you need are two cans of cherry pie filling, butter, granulated sugar, and water.
The cherry pie filling goes to the bottom of your cake pan, then you sprinkle the cake mix over the pie filling.
When you make this cherry dump dessert, be sure you have a trivet to set down inside of your Instant Pot.
17. Instant Pot Dulce De Leche
Dulce de leche is a thick creamy sauce that you make from heating sweetened condensed milk very slowly.
The slow cooking helps to caramelize the sugar and give the sweetened condensed milk a lush golden color.
We’ve been making dulce de leche in our slow cooker for years.
All you have to do is put a can of sweetened condensed milk in the Crock Pot and cover it with water. Then, let it cook overnight.
But what if you want your creamy caramel sauce in about half an hour? Hello, Instant Pot!
Here’s a tip. To get your dulce de leche darker, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 3 tablespoons of warm water. Combine this mixture with your sweetened condensed milk.
18. Instant Pot Baked Apples
For many of us, fall (or autumn) means a number of things, and one of those things is apples.
Apples ripen in the fall and that’s when we love to bring out all of our favorite apple recipes.
This recipe for Instant Pot baked apples is a vegan and gluten free treat with a rich and buttery taste that is hard to resist.
You can be flexible with this recipe and stuff your apples with a variety of different ingredients.
Some favorites are raisins, pecans, walnuts, brown sugar, and butter.
Another idea is to serve your baked apples with a scoop of yummy ice cream.
19. Easy Instant Pot Lemon Cake
Ready for an Instant Pot cake that’s full of citrus flavors? Check out this gorgeous lemon cake.
We love anything made with lemons and this sunny flavor lends itself well to baked goods like cake.
This dessert recipe uses a box of lemon cake mix, but adding lemon zest and orange juice (in place of half the water the cake mix calls for) adds even more citrusy goodness.
The frosting is made from powdered sugar, butter, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest. This sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
20. Instant Pot Bread Pudding
Humble bread pudding has been served all over the world for hundreds (if not thousands) of years.
Making bread pudding from leftover bread is super easy, but it’s also an art form to get it perfectly moist and delicious.
To make this Instant Pot bread pudding, make sure you start with stale bread.
This is a unique recipe that calls for eggs, orange marmalade, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract.
For toppings, use bananas, nuts, butter, cinnamon, or maple syrup.
Want to make this Instant Pot pudding even more special? Toss in some chocolate chips or raisins.
21. Instant Pot Pumpkin Cake Recipe
In the fall, pumpkin spice starts to dominate the landscape. Everywhere we look, we see pumpkin spice goodies.
Why not pull all of this wholesome goodness into your own kitchen?
With flavors like cinnamon and pumpkin, this Instant Pot cake will make your family so happy.
Do you need more reasons to love this spice cake? How about this: it’s dairy free and gluten free.
This Instant Pot dessert is made with gluten free flour, or you can use all-purpose flour if you’re not following a gluten free diet.
Coconut sugar adds tons of flavor, and almond milk keeps this recipe dairy free.
22. Instant Pot Strawberry Sauce
You know you want some of this gorgeous strawberry sauce for your summer desserts and breakfast treats.
This strawberry sauce is delicious on everything from pancakes to scones to ice cream.
We love strawberry sauce on other things, too, including French toast, waffles, and crepes. It’s also great to serve in ramekins for French toast sticks and cookies.
Believe it or not, this strawberry sauce has just three ingredients: fresh strawberries, fresh lemon juice, and granulated sugar.
If you like your strawberry sauce a little thicker, you can dissolve some cornstarch in water and stir it into the strawberry sauce towards the end of cooking time.
23. Easy Instant Pot Cà Phê Sữa Đá (or Vietnamese Iced Coffee)
If you’ve not tried Vietnamese iced coffee, you’re missing out.
It seems like everyone is falling in love with this delicious iced coffee from Vietnam, and the good news is that you can create a huge batch in your Instant Pot so that you’ve got it on hand at all times.
It’s also awesome to make a big pot of this when you’re entertaining.
A pot of this coffee will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
What’s in Vietnamese iced coffee? It’s simple: strong coffee, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Sounds yummy, right?
24. Easy Instant Pot Hot Chocolate
If you normally make hot cocoa for a crowd from those handy little instant cocoa package, we are about to change your life (for the better).
When the holidays are here and you have a group of people in your home on a cold day, having a pot full of hot cocoa ready to serve will be a lifesaver.
And this homemade hot cocoa is so much richer and creamier than the little packets.
This hot cocoa is made with unsweetened cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Heavy cream and whole milk make it so creamy.
25. Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake
We love cheesecake, but homemade cheesecake can be tricky. It’s very common to have problems like dry cheesecake or cracking.
Instant Pot cheesecake made in a springform pan removes all of those problems.
And when you throw in Oreo cookies, you know you’re going to have a rare treat that will have the kids howling for more.
The best part about making an Instant Pot cheesecake is that it only takes 30-35 minutes to bake.
All you need to make this Instant Pot cheesecake is regular cream cheese, pure vanilla extract, sugar, eggs, sour creams, and Oreo cookies. That’s it!
26. Instant Pot Applesauce
Sure, you can buy applesauce in a jar, but did you know that it’s super easy to make your own homemade applesauce?
Instant Pot applesauce is so easy to make and you can customize the ingredients to make it just the way you want it.
When you make applesauce in your Instant Pot, you don’t have to wait for hours for your apples to cook. With the Instant Pot, your apples are ready in just a few minutes.
Even better, this homemade applesauce recipe has no added sugar. Don’t worry, though, it’s perfectly naturally sweet.
All you need to make this homemade applesauce is your favorite apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sea salt, and water.
27. Instant Pot Pumpkin Bread
In the autumn, when pumpkins can be found at markets, it’s a great time to make Instant Pot pumpkin bread.
Pumpkin bread is also a great way to use up the pumpkin pulp that you pull out of pumpkins when you make jack-o-lanterns.
Making pumpkin bread in the Instant Pot ensures that it is perfectly tender and moist. You never have to worry about getting it too dry.
This wholesome bread is full of spices like ginger powder and cinnamon.
Pumpkin bread gets its sweetness from maple syrup.
You can also make this pumpkin bread with gluten free flour. Try this recipe to make banana bread, too.
These cute little Instant Pot donuts have just three ingredients and they’re super easy to make.
To make these Instant Pot donuts, you will need the silicone egg bites molds that are sold on Amazon and in kitchen stores. The Instant Pot company also makes its own egg mold in its Instant Pot accessories.
The great thing about these adorable little donuts is that you make them with a cake mix, so you don’t even need a lot of ingredients.
Once they’re cooked, decorate them with whatever frosting you like.
29. Instant Pot Oatmeal Raisin Deep Dish Cookie
If you love oatmeal raisin cookies, we’ve found a way for you to make a version of this classic cookie in your Instant Pot.
Basically, what you’re making is baked oatmeal.
This recipe calls for chocolate chips, but you can easily substitute the chocolate chips for raisins.
The peanut butter makes this big oatmeal cookie super moist, and you use quick-cooking oats for this recipe.
30. Gingerbread Pudding Instant Pot Cake
During the holidays, it’s so much fun (and nostalgic) to make gingerbread dishes.
This holiday favorite can be made with cookies, cake, coffee, and even pie. However, we were delighted to find this recipe for gingerbread pudding dessert that you make in the Instant Pot.
You will find that this gingerbread pudding cake recipe reminds you of sticky toffee pudding. Basically, it’s heaven in a bowl.
To top it all off, be sure to make the amazing sauce that comes with this Instant Pot dessert recipe. And sprinkling this cake with brown sugar sends it over the top.
31. Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche
When you want Arroz con Leche, you know you’ve got to have it.
Arroz con Leche is a sweet and creamy Mexican rice pudding. Rice pudding recipes have been around for thousands of years and every country has its own variation.
This Instant Pot rice pudding is made with milk, rice, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon. And nothing comes out better than Instant Pot pudding.
No eggs are needed for this Instant Pot recipe. Sweetened condensed milk gives this rice pudding all of the richness you need.
You can also add other goodies to this Instant Pot pudding, including lemon zest or raisins.
In the video below, you can see some great tips and ideas for desserts in Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
Our 30+ BEST Instant Pot Desserts (+Instant Pot Chocolate Sauce for Strawberries)
- 2 dozen strawberries
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Add 1 1/2 cups water to the Instant Pot liner.
- Put a glass bowl on top of the water.
- Use the sauté setting to melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil.
- Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate and allow to cool.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.
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