Before I purchased my Instant Pot, I always knew it would be incredibly handy for cooking dinner when I’m in a rush. However, little did I know that it could also create amazing desserts with minimal hands-on time in the kitchen. I love serving a warm dessert to my family after dinner, though most days I simply don’t have the time or energy to prepare one. Today I’ve compiled a list of twenty Instant Pot dessert recipes that will be a big hit with your family and friends but require very little time or effort in the kitchen!
20 Delicious and Easy Instant Pot Dessert Recipes
1. Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
There’s nothing better than a chocolate cake after a busy day at work or for a special weekend treat. This recipe from Favorite Family Recipes takes just thirty minutes to prepare in the Instant Pot and is best served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The recipe itself is pretty simple to follow, but just make sure you keep to the exact times stated to create the perfect, moist cake. Your family and friends will be begging you to make this dessert again after tasting it!
2. Instant Pot Apple Cake
For a moist and tender cake that’s perfect for using up any leftover apples in the fall, try this recipe from What’s in the Pan? It’s made from fresh apples and has a rich cinnamon taste to it. You can choose to serve this dessert warm with a scoop of ice cream, or you can let it cool off and sprinkle it with some powdered sugar on the top. Either way, this sweet is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
3. Instant Pot Cheesecake
This recipe from Spend with Pennies creates a classic vanilla cheesecake that no one will believe was created in an Instant Pot. It’s an incredibly easy dessert to make. You simply have to rest the pan on the trivet, and then the steam cooks the cheesecake to perfection. Serve it with a drizzle of strawberry or caramel sauce for a special occasion, and everyone will be asking for seconds.
4. Nutella Bites
After dinner, sometimes I don’t want to overindulge and simply crave just a little bit of something sweet. These Nutella bites from A Pressure Cooker are the perfectly petite solution. They only need a few minutes of prep time in the kitchen to create a delicious sweet treat that the whole family will enjoy. For a more substantial dessert, serve a few of them with a scoop of ice cream on the side.
5. Instant Pot Flan Recipe
Cooking with Thas shares this Instant Pot flan recipe that requires only five minutes of prep time, and then it can cook for forty minutes while you are eating dinner. It uses only a few basic ingredients to create a creamy and rich dessert. It’s the ideal recipe for when you are short on time and can’t run to the store, as you’ll probably have everything you need already in your kitchen at home.
6. Instant Pot Brownies
If you’re looking for the perfect treat to feed your family after a busy day at school or work, throw together these yummy brownies from Shugary Sweets before they get home. This recipe creates fudgy, rich brownies that any chocoholic in your life will adore. With only five minutes of prep time in the kitchen and a recipe that uses ingredients you probably already have, these brownies will add no extra hassle to your day.
7. Instant Pot Peanut Butter Explosion
While peanut butter isn’t everyone’s favorite ingredient, if you’re like me, you will absolutely adore this dessert from Delish. This recipe creates a rich molten cake with a creamy peanut butter center that will ooze out all over your plate. You’ll have a decadent dessert to serve in just under an hour.
8. Instant Pot Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding has been one of my favorite desserts since childhood, and it’s so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. It’s the perfect sweet treat for young children, and you can customize the finished results with whatever topping you desire before serving. Happy Foods Tube shares this hassle-free recipe which takes only eight minutes to both prep and cook!
9. Instant Pot Berry Cobbler
Easy Instant Recipes shows us how to cook this berry cobbler in just thirty minutes. It’s a great way to use up any berries you have lying around the kitchen. The recipe creates a warm dessert that’s ideal for cold winter nights and can be adapted for gluten-free family members’ specialized diets simply by using gluten-free oats.
10. Instant Pot Apple Crisp
For the ideal fall and winter dessert, check out this apple crisp recipe from Eating Well. Cooked using Honeycrisp apples, lemon zest and juice, and brown sugar, this recipe has a flawless balance of flavors and isn’t too sweet. By adding whole-wheat flour and pecans for the topping, you’ll have a delicious dessert with plenty of texture.
11. Instant Pot Crème Brûlée
Crème brûlée always seems like such a fancy dessert to me, but thanks to this recipe from The Kitchn it’s super easy to make in your Instant Pot. You’ll only need five ingredients to create four individual desserts, and the Instant Pot ensures that this crowd-pleasing dish is cooked to perfection.
12. Instant Pot Custard
I Don’t Have Time for That has created a fantastic and simple Instant Pot custard recipe which is very similar to traditional egg custard. This recipe uses only five ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, and you’ll need to spend only a few minutes prepping before allowing seven minutes for the dessert to cook. It’s the ideal weeknight dessert for when you have minimal time or energy left yet your family is begging you for something sweet to eat.
13. Instant Pot Fudge
For the perfect holiday treat which you could even use as a gift for friends and family, try out this Instant Pot fudge from Sweet Caramel Sunday. The ingredients for this delicious treat are easy to find, and the Instant Pot helps to give the fudge the perfect consistency. After cooking, simply pour into a pan and you’ll let the fudge set for two hours in the fridge before eating.
14. Instant Pot Peach Dump Cake
If you are looking for an excellent summertime sweet, check out this peach dump cake from Meatloaf and Melodrama. This simple recipe needs just four ingredients and will take only thirty minutes to prepare, thanks to the Instant Pot. It’s perfect for a summer garden party or family gathering.
15. Keto Instant Pot Spice Cake
If you are following a keto diet, it can be difficult to find good cake options, but this spice cake is absolutely delicious. Even better, the Instant Pot makes this recipe so quick and easy to prepare. This dessert from Diet Doctor combines almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, and ground cloves for a flavorful cake that is incredibly moist once cooked.
16. Instant Pot Bread Pudding
DIY Candy shows us how to make this classic dessert which will take less than an hour to cook in the Instant Pot. The recipe recommends using a small loaf of cinnamon bread to add even more flavor to this pudding. Pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract make this a tasty dessert that the whole family will enjoy at any time of the year.
17. Instant Pot Lemon Bundt Cake
Fab Everyday shares this lemon Bundt cake recipe which is a delightful dessert that’s perfect for spring and summer. The Instant Pot makes cooking cakes so simple, and the results are always moist and fluffy cakes cooked to perfection. This cake serves eight people and would be ideal for taking to a summer barbecue or garden party.
18. Instant Pot Tiramisu Cheesecake
This dessert from Sandhya’s Kitchen combines two of my all-time favorite desserts. It creates individual dessert portions which are perfect for transporting to a party. It takes only twenty minutes of prep time, followed by an hour of cooking to make twelve decadent individual portions of tiramisu cheesecake.
19. Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples
These cinnamon apples are ideal for dessert but also make a good breakfast or snack. Ginger Casa shares this recipe which can be made using any variety of apples, so it’s great for using up any leftovers at home during the fall. You’ll simply need to mix together apples, water, cinnamon, and a sweetener of your choice for a light and healthier dessert option.
20. Basundi Shots
If you are looking for an exotic dessert to create in your Instant Pot, try out this Indian treat from Culinary Shades. It can be served warm or chilled, so it’s perfect for any time of the year. The recipe calls for thickened milk, saffron, sugar, pistachios, and saffron, which combine together to make a unique sweet. You’ll impress any visitor to your home with this recipe the next time you are hosting guests for dinner.
As you can see, the Instant Pot is incredibly versatile for cooking desserts. Whether you are looking for a light fruit-based dessert after a heavy dinner, or a rich and filling cheesecake, there’s something for everyone on this list to fit your needs any day of the week. Your family won’t believe how little time and effort you spent on making their dessert, and you’ll want to return time and again to these simple but delicious recipes.