20+ Instant Pot Dessert Recipes (Indian and more)
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Save this list of 20+ drool-worthy Instant Pot dessert recipes – they’ll come in handy when you are in the mood for a quick and easy dessert. From brownies and cakes to Indian desserts like kheer and halwa, the Instant Pot can whip up all your favorite sweet treats.
In the mood for a quick dessert? No need to preheat your oven. Churn out drool-worthy desserts in no time using your Instant Pot.
You may have used your Instant Pot to make rice dishes, curries and dals, and even breakfast recipes. Did you know you could ‘bake’ desserts in your pressure cooker?
Instant Pot can not only cook cakes and brownies, but it can also dish out decadent cheesecakes, creamy rice puddings, and even Indian desserts such as halwas, kheer, and more.
Convinced? Check out this collection of 20+ quick and easy Instant Pot dessert recipes that are perfect for special occasions such as holiday parties or a weeknight treat.
How to make desserts in Instant Pot
While using an Instant Pot, you need water to generate steam and activate pressure cooking. To keep your dessert away from getting in direct contact with water, you’ll need a trivet. Also, depending on the dessert, you may need a few accessories listed below.
To make desserts in the Instant Pot, depending on the recipe, you’ll need the following equipment –
Note: Anything you use to bake in the oven can be used in the Instant Pot, provided it fits. So don’t go shopping yet. Look in your pantry first!
Now that you have all the accessories lined up, check out this round-up of the best Instant Pot desserts.
Instant Pot Cakes / Cheesecakes / Puddings
A lot of people love making cakes in the Instant Pot, especially during the summer. You don’t have to heat up the entire kitchen, and you can still bake cakes, puddings, and even cheesecakes.
Just pop the batter in the Instant Pot, and it does all the work! Check out some of my favorite, easy recipes below.
Instant Pot Date Cake
This moist and tender cake recipe is our favorite dessert to make in the Instant Pot – it is easy to make, and the best part – you can even use the blender to make the batter!
Dust it with powdered sugar or serve it with a side of ice cream – it is a crowd-pleaser for sure!
Instant Pot Apple Cake
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love this apple cake – not only is it great for desserts, but it makes for a filling breakfast too!
Instant Pot Brownie Cake
Delicious and decadent brownie cake with chocolate chips is just what you need when you have chocolate cravings! You can call this recipe either Instant Pot Chocolate cake or Instant Pot brownies, but since its texture is more like brownies and I serve it like a cake, I call it brownie cake :).
Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate lava cake, also known as molten lava cake, gets its name from the ‘lava-like’ flowing chocolate center of a decadent cake. Enjoy this delicious cake made with only 5 ingredients in less than 30 minutes using your Instant Pot or oven!
Instant Pot Bread Pudding
Instant Pot Bread Pudding is a delightful, pillowy-soft french toast bread pudding with warm cinnamon flavors and a hint of vanilla. Unlike the traditional casseroles, there is no need to soak the bread overnight in this quick and easy pressure cooker recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes!
It is my favorite way to repurpose stale bread!
Instant Pot Summery Berry Bread Pudding
A lush and creamy bread pudding made with berries tucked in the layers of rich and sweet brioche bread and milk custard.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
This easy chocolate bread pudding is a rich, decadent treat made with buttery croissants and plenty of chocolate. Easily made in the oven, air fryer, or Instant Pot, it’s the perfect dessert for holidays or entertaining, yet simple enough for weeknights too.
Blueberry bread pudding
Rich, creamy, and so satisfying, this easy Blueberry Bread Pudding will become your new favorite dessert. Cubed croissants tossed with lemony custard, blueberries, and cream cheese, this decadent brunch favorite or dessert can be made in an air fryer, Instant Pot, or oven.
Instant Pot Mango Cheesecake
If you are looking for a gluten-free dessert, then this creamy mango cheesecake recipe is a must-make in my book. With only 10 minutes of prep time, this Instant Pot cheesecake is a perfect make-ahead recipe for a crowd.
Instant Pot Indian desserts
You can make some of the most popular desserts from India using the Instant Pot. What’s great about it is that it cuts the cooking time as well as the stirring time when compared to cooking the same dish on a stovetop.
Check out some of my favorite pressure cooker dessert recipes from India.
Gajar halwa (carrot pudding)
Gajar halwa, or carrot pudding, is a delectable dessert made from grated carrots, milk, and sugar. Learn this (almost) hands-free approach to making one of India’s most beloved desserts using an Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Moong Dal Halwa
Moong dal ka halwa is a famous (and addictive) North Indian dessert that many people enjoy during the winter months. It is very time-consuming to make over the stovetop; that’s why you’ll love this almost hands-free Instant Pot recipe.
Sweet potato halwa
With melt-in-mouth creamy sweet potatoes and aromatic cardamom and saffron, this sweet potato halwa is easy to make in the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Fig and Walnut Halwa
There is always a sense of urgency when it comes to late-night desserts. It can’t take hours to make because slaving over the stove is the last thing we want to do so late in the day. Also, when you are craving a dessert, you want it in your hands right NOW.. almost like magic.
That’s why this fig and walnut halwa fits the bill perfectly because it is not labor-intensive – 5 minutes of pressure cooking along with 10 minutes of occasional stirring.
Instant Pot Badam halwa is a rich and decadent Indian dessert made with ground almonds, sugar, and ghee, delicately flavored with saffron and cardamom! Here is a quick and easy Instant Pot recipe for this delicious almond pudding, using six simple ingredients, in just 30 minutes!
This fruit custard recipe also goes by the name of fruit salad in India. Don’t confuse it with the fruit salad made in the US, where fruits are served in their own juice/syrup or whipped cream.
Making the custard sauce in the Instant Pot is such a game changer since it does not require much monitoring like you would if you made it over the stovetop. Try this recipe today!
Instant Pot Rice Pudding (Rice kheer)
Making Rice Kheer just got a whole lot quicker with this easy Instant Pot Kheer recipe. This Indian Rice Pudding comes out creamy and flavorful, without spending hours in the kitchen. This rice recipe is very similar to the popular arroz con leche recipe with just subtle differences.
Sev payasam (vermicelli kheer)
Semiyan payasam or vermicelli kheer makes use of sev or vermicelli, that’s made of wheat semolina. Most commonly served during festivals or as offerings to God in temples. I am not sure what’s the best aspect of this dish – its mind-blowing taste or the ease at which you can make it.
Seviyan kheer or Semiyan payasam is a creamy and delicious dessert that you can put together in a cinch. That is why it is perfect for potlucks. Make it in an Instant Pot or a slow cooker and all you need is less than 5-minutes of prep time.
Moong dal payasam
If you are looking for an easy, fail-proof recipe to make payasam at home, try this Instant Pot moong dal payasam recipe with coconut milk. It is ready in 20 minutes and requires very little hands-on time!
Sabudana kheer is popular during the fasting festive season in India. We love making it in the Instant Pot since it is almost hands-free!
Chapati-like but with a flaky crust and a sweet lentil filling, puran poli is a favorite dessert throughout India. This recipe leverages the Instant Pot to make the filling and makes the whole process so much easier and hands-free.
Instant Pot Sweet Pongal
If you like South Indian desserts, then you’ll fall in love with sweet Pongal – a beautiful brown-colored porridge made from rice and moong dal. Cooked in ghee, sweetened with jaggery, and garnished with cashews and raisins, this dessert recipe is absolutely divine.
Carrot kheer (pudding)
Carrot kheer is a delicious & satisfying dessert made with carrots, milk, cashews, and dates. What you’ll love about this recipe is that it has no added sugar!
Instant Pot Coconut Rice
Sweet coconut rice is an aromatic dessert made with Basmati rice, grated coconut, and a hint of aromatic cloves, cardamom, and saffron. The lightly sweetened rice has a tropical coconut flavor and aromas of cloves sauteed in ghee.
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