Instant Pot Brownies? Yep, you read that right! You absolutely can make brownies in your Instant Pot and the result is delicious.
Why Make Brownies in an Instant Pot?
Okay, just because we CAN make brownies in an Instant Pot, why should we? After all, oven-baked brownies are already pretty darn good.
There are two good reasons that I can think of. First, you don’t have to heat up your kitchen. If you live somewhere warm or are baking in the summer, this is a big plus for IP cooking.
Second, it’s a matter of preference. I know there’s a whole group of people out there who love the outside edges of the brownie pan.
There are so many of those people, in fact, that someone designed a brownie pan that ensures EVERY brownie comes out like an edge piece. If you’re one of these people, buy that pan and skip the Instant Pot Brownies.
But if you’re like me, and you like the ooey, gooey middle pieces, you are going to love Instant Pot brownies! This is our answer to the brownie pan.
How to Make Instant Pot Brownies
Ready to get started? Ok, here’s what you’ll need:
As for the actual brownie mix, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Canola oil (or baking oil of your choice)
- Cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
- Walnuts and/or pecans
Once you have everything you need, it’s time to get cooking!
Step 1: Prepare Your Pot and Pan
First, place the rack that came with your Instant Pot in the bottom of the inner liner. Pour in two cups of water.
Then, line a 7-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Spray the paper with cooking spray.
Step 2: Prepare Batter
To make the batter, combine two eggs and one cup of granulated sugar in a medium bowl and beat until fluffy and smooth.
Then, add 1/2 cup of oil, 2/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the egg mixture. Beat for one minute.
Add 1/2 cup of flour but in four separate stages, mixing in between each addition.
Finally, pour in 1/2 cup of nuts and fold them into the batter with a spatula.
Step 3: Pressure Cook
Carefully pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Make sure you scrape the sides with your spatula! We don’t want to let any of that chocolatey goodness go to waste.
Create a foil sling (you can see it in the picture above) to wrap under the pan. Use the “handles” to gently lower the pan into the Instant Pot.
Secure the lid, make sure the valve is set to sealing, and select high pressure for 24 minutes. When the timer beeps after the cook time is complete, quick release the pressure by turning the valve to venting.
Step 4: Cool and Serve
Use the foil sling to remove the pan from the Instant Pot. It should look something like this:
Set aside and allow the brownies to cool for 10 minutes. Then, cut the brownies into squares or triangles (like a pie) and serve or store.
Instant Pot Brownies Recipe
I include step-by-step photos for my readers who are still learning to use their Instant Pots and want to know what each part of the process looks like. For those of you who just want to see the recipe and instructions without all that scrolling, here you go.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- cooking spray
Place Instant Pot rack in bottom of inner liner and add 2 cups water.
Line a 7-inch round cake pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Add eggs and sugar to medium-sized bowl. Beat until smooth (about 3 minutes).
Add oil, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt to egg mixture. Beat on low until well combined (about 1 minute).
Add flour to mixing bowl about 1/8 cup at a time, mixing in between, until well combined.
Add nuts and fold into batter with a spatula.
Pour brownie batter into to the prepared baking dish.
Lower baking dish into Instant Pot using a foil sling. Secure lid and set valve to sealing.
Cook on high pressure for 24 minutes. Quick release pressure. Once the pressure is fully released, carefully remove lid.
Using foil sling, lift the baking dish out of the Instant Pot. Set pan aside and allow brownies to cool for 10 minutes.
Cut brownies into squares or triangles to serve.