This delightful cinnamon pear applesauce is quick and easy to make from scratch. It’s creamy and smooth, and oh so good!
I have an incredibly easy recipe for you today. It’s for homemade applesauce made with pears and cinnamon, perfect for the fall months.
There is no sugar added to this pear applesauce, and it is gluten-free. It takes 30 minutes to make, however, you can easily double or triple the recipe to keep plenty on hand to add to a quick breakfast, lunch, dinner, or healthy snack.
Best Apples for Making Applesauce
I saved this graphic a long time ago, and I wish I knew who to credit for it. I believe it came from a magazine, I am just not sure which. It’s helped me through the years, and I’m hoping it will help you also.
My favorite apple, the Honey Crisp, is missing from this list. I enjoy the taste of that apple the most and tend to use it while baking and have made applesauce with it, too. Use the chart as a guide, but ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference.
Cinnamon Pear Applesauce
You only need a few simple ingredients to put together applesauce from scratch.
4 apples, cored and chopped
2 pears, cored and chopped
1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
For another amazing apple recipe, be sure to check out my Cinnamon Apple Crisp this fall. And, if you’re looking for a healthy and satisfying comfort meal, try this Fall Harvest Soup – it uses apples to make it so flavorful!
How to Make Homemade Pear Applesauce
The nice thing about this dish is that it can be made ahead of time, or right before serving. I actually think it tastes better after a day or two.
Start by peeling and coring your apples and pears. Cut them into small pieces.
You’ll need a large saucepan. Add the apples, pears, apple juice, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Bring it to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes.
Once the apples and pears have softened, you’ll need a food processor or immersion blender (this is the one I use and love) to blend until smooth.
You can serve it immediately or store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
Other Cooking Methods
You can easily make this applesauce recipe in a number of ways. Some other options besides the stovetop include an electronic pressure cooker and a slow cooker.
Electronic Pressure Cooker
Combine peeled and chopped apples and pears, apple juice, ground cinnamon, and lemon juice in an Instant Pot® or a similar cooker, and stir to combine. Add the lid and lock it into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 4 minutes.
When the cooking time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
Blend and serve.
Combine the peeled and chopped apples and pears, apple juice, ground cinnamon, and lemon juice to a Crock Pot® or similar cooker. Set to low and cook for 4 hours.
Blend and serve.
Make more: Easily double or triple the recipe to have more on hand, or can it and enjoy cinnamon pear applesauce throughout the winter.
Keep the fiber: To add more fiber to your diet, don’t peel the skin off the apples and pears prior to cooking. The final result will still be incredibly smooth and creamy after blending.
No sugar added: While there is no actual sugar used in this recipe, apple juice usually contains sugar. Feel free to use sugar-free apple juice, if desired.
Natural sweetness: To add some extra sweetness, especially if using sugar-free apple juice, add in 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey.
Leave it chunky: You can easily leave it a bit chunkier if desired. The simplest way to control this is by using an immersion blender.
If you have leftover applesauce, use it to make these delicious carrot cake cupcakes.
This super easy and versatile cinnamon and pear applesauce can be enjoyed as a guilt-free snack or alongside your favorite meal.
Did you give this cinnamon pear applesauce a try? Let me know in the comments below or snap a photo and tag @coolbeanliving on Instagram. I’d love to see it!
Cinnamon Pear Applesauce
- 4 apples cored and chopped
- 2 pears cored and chopped
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Peel and chop the apples and pears.
- In a large saucepan, combine the apples, pears, apple juice, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Use a food processor or immersion blender to blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately, or transfer to airtight containers and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.