From lavish puddings and silky cheesecakes to comforting cobblers, we have put together our favourite easy-to-make, drool-worthy, mostly healthy recipes for Instant Pot desserts and sweets that come together quickly in the pressure cooker.
The Instant Pot makes weeknight dinners easy breezy. It turns once stressful meal prepping into a short and sweet affair. It can even make you breakfast overnight, or yield a week’s worth of yoghurt in a single sitting. Perhaps, though, one of its most desirable and flat out charming qualities is its ability to make dessert. I mean, you can even make healthy desserts in the pressure cooker.
Baking isn’t everyone’s forte and we get that. Much like the Instant Pot makes cooking delicious meals an easier feat even for the amateur chefs, they can turn your baking mistakes into brilliant treats every time – minimal effort required.
WHAT DESSERTS CAN YOU MAKE IN INSTANT POT
When it comes to Instant Pot desserts you can usually make round cakes, cheesecakes, cobblers and crumbles, stewed fruit, jam, summer and winter puddings, and even mini lava cakes. You are somewhat restricted by the shape of the pot but it shouldn’t stop your creativity.
You can use Instant Pot trivet to stack layers of mini ramekins with pannacotta or chocolate muffins, and you can use various cake tins (again rounded or those that can fit inside your pressure cooker) to make all sorts of desserts.
Here are some essentials for your Instant Pot dessert-making kit: trivet (comes with your IP), silicone cake tin, loaf tin, flower cake or bundt cake tin, some ramekins, and yoghurt making cups (which you can use for other things as well).
Here are some of our favourites Instant Pot dessert recipes you could try your hand at. Find more pressure cooker dessert recipes here.
Are you ready for some chocolate?! Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake with toasted walnuts will be a dessert that impresses everyone at the table and makes your chocolate lovers very happy.
This particular Instant Pot chocolate cake recipe is great to have in your repertoire as you can use it as a template for other desserts. In this case, we were inspired by the classic pretzel cake and used salted caramel and whipped cream and cream cheese to pimp up our chocolate cake.
You will fall in love with this gorgeous and moist Instant Pot carrot cake the minute you taste it. It’s nut-free and perfect with a cup of tea or as a treat for birthday parties, Easter, or Thanksgiving. Comes with step-by-step instructions and pictures.
Try this amazing Instant Pot cheesecake recipe and indulge in a creamy filling sweetened with brown sugar on a shortbread pecan crust with a decadent caramel topping studded with toasted pecans.
5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake from A Pinch of Healthy
Pumpkin and chocolate are the dynamic duo of autumn, bringing in that fresh flavour and texture from REAL pumpkin and sweet, rich chocolate in every bite. Okay, enough drooling! This bundt cake uses real puree giving it a lovely hue with some healthy additions from the Greek yoghurt and banana. You could easily sub out the flour for gluten-free if you prefer, too. Find more Instant Pot bundt cakes here.
6. Instant Pot Pumpkin Pudding from Traditional Cooking School
And we have another pumpkin winner! This allergy-friendly pudding recipe isn’t just made for the holidays. It’s like a traditional Christmas pudding, but it’s so worth making in the off-season too. The coconut-ginger glaze makes it so satisfying to cut into!
This beautiful dessert is a stunning centrepiece to any table and you could use a variety of fruit like peaches or apples instead of the pineapple. This Instant Pot cake has a delightful flavor and is made from scratch with ingredients easily found in your pantry.
8. Guilt-free Chocolate Pudding Cake from This Pilgrim Life
When two worlds collide, you get pudding in cake form. Better yet? Its guilt-free label holds true. A modest list of ingredients – most kitchen pantry staples – make this pressure cooker dessert not only easy to make but easy to feel good about indulging in. It’s grain-free and refined sugar-free, so have a slice… or two!
9. Banoffee Pie with Paleo Caramel Sauce from Recipe This
Banana + toffee = banoffee. And it’s really, really good stuff. Can you tell? This pie is loaded with a creamy centre, tucked away in between cheesecake crust and drizzled with a paleo toffee and caramel sauce. This is the type of dessert you want to get to know.
10. Low-carb Vanilla Bean Cheesecake from Health Starts in the Kitchen
Cheesecake is a fun one to make in the Instant Pot. We have a whole roundup dedicated to just that if cheesecake is just your thing. We especially like this low-carb version with no refined sugar! Keep it sweet, but not too sweet. This is perfect for keto’ers and low-carb’ers to indulge wisely (and with ease, of course).
11. Instant Pot Apple Crisp from Center Cut Cook
Simple, slightly sweet, rustic and relatively healthy? We dig it. Apple crisp is a lovely way to use up any fruits. Autumn calls for apples and pears while summer will beg for berries. Fortunately, you could swap them any which way you choose with this easy cobbler adaptation for the Instant Pot.
12. Triple Chocolate Layered Cheesecake from Pressure Cooking Today
Chocolate is better when it’s doubled, and it’s best when it’s tripled. These are facts. Triple chocolate is better when it’s cheesecake. This is also a fact. Here, we have all the things in one. This slice doesn’t really need an introduction because just look at the layers. It’s a cake crush, and you can make it in the Instant Pot.
13. Easy chocolate lava cakes from Paint the Kitchen Red
Molten lava cake is the holy grail of chocolate. Dipping into that centre of ooey-gooey, sweet chocolate is amongst the best feelings in the world. It’s a nice way to celebrate or add a little something special to the dessert menu for a surprise. Plus, it’s so easy to make!
Which dessert are you most looking forward to trying? From pudding to pumpkin, we have something for everyone! Share these recipes with your Instant Pot-loving friends who want to indulge… healthily