Instant Pot Butternut Apple Mash (Gluten Free, Paleo, AIP)

I really enjoy butternut squash, but all my favorite ways to eat it are loaded with sugary maple syrup. Instead, this recipe is sweetened with apples and avoids traditional sweeteners all together.

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To make this recipe even quicker use pre-cut butternut squash. Trader Joe’s sells it by the bag. If I’m working with the full squash I like to peel and pre-cut butternut on the weekends so it’s an easy grab and go option during the week. Whatever option you choose you butternut squash this recipe…it’s awesome! You see what I did there? My punny husband would be proud.


Instant Pot Butternut Apple Mash


prep 5 mins
cook 15 mins
total 20 mins


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 butternut squash, approx 1.5lbs, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces

  • 2 apples, cored and sliced

  • 1 onion, quartered and sliced

  • 2 TBS Tinstar Foods Brown Butter, ghee, or coconut oil

  • 1/2 tsp Primal Palate Apple Pie Spice (*AIP see below)

  • 1/4 tsp salt + more to taste

  • *AIP option, replace apple pie spice with 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp ginger


  1. Pour 1 cup of water into Instant Pot and insert a steamer basket. Toss squash, apples, and onion together and place in basket. Sprinkle with salt.

  2. Seal Instant Pot and pressure cook on manual for 8 minutes. Force release pressure and transfer squash mixture to a bowl.

  3. Add brown butter & apple pie spice, folding all ingredients together until well combined and slightly mashed. Salt to taste. Serve warm.

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