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Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce (+Instant Pot Option!)

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Let’s make Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce! This easy pear sauce recipe is super simple thanks to a slow cooker or Instant Pot. Just set it, forget it, then enjoy it. (Paleo + Vegan + Whole30)

spoon dipped in a jar of pear sauce


My grandma used to make the most divine spiced pear jam.

It smelled and tasted just like fall and winter should–gently sweet with warm spices that taste like home and grandmas and safe spaces. I lost my grandma this fall and miss her so much. In the last couple of months, I’ve found myself reconnecting with her through easy recipes. We’ve had several of the dishes I remember eating at her house (like waffles, Mickey Mouse pancakes, cranberry salsa, and her famous chili bean star surpremes!), and I find that I’m craving anything that reminds me of her, like that lovely, perfectly spiced pear jam.

I don’t make my own jam (yet!) but this slow cooker spiced pear sauce is the next best thing. It’s smooth and sweet with a delicious combination of warm spices that taste the way my memories of grandma’s jam make me feel. Along with other goodies like Pear & Pomegranate Salad and Pear Ginger Smoothies, this delicious sauce is one of my favorite pear recipes in the fall & winter.

If you’re new to it, pear sauce is basically like a classic applesauce recipe made with pears. It’s a good way to get in a little fruit during the winter, which so many of our favorites (berries! peaches!) aren’t in season. And though it may be a pretty humble recipe, the flavors are spectacular.

It also helps that it’s SUPER easy to make, especially with this slow cooker pear sauce recipe! Here’s what makes this great recipe so special…

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce from One Lovely Life
Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce from One Lovely Life

Simple Ingredients For Slow Cooker Pear Sauce:

I’ll just say it: your house will smell DIVINE after a batch of pear sauce has been simmering away. The spice blend is out of this world! Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • RIPE PEARS. Use your favorite variety of ripe, sweet pears, or whatever is on sale or in season. Bartlett pears are my favorite kind of pear for homemade pear sauce, but see the FAQ for more varieties that work!
  • WATER. You don’t need much liquid, but a little water keeps this pear sauce from burning, helps it blend better, and gives it the right consistency. (You *can* swap it out for apple cider for a special twist if you like!)
  • CINNAMON + NUTMEG + CARDAMOM. This trio of spices is one of my absolute favorites and gives this cinnamon pear sauce the BEST flavor. We use it in pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, this slow cooker or Instant Pot pear sauce, and so many other recipes!

I find there’s enough natural sweetness in the pears that we don’t need any added sugar or maple syrup, though you can definitely add some to taste, if you need to!

WHAT KIND OF PEARS CAN YOU USE FOR PEAR SAUCE?

There are a lot of varieties or pears to choose from, but just about any of the common pear varieties will work–Bartlett pears, Anjou pears, Bosc pears, and Red pears have all worked beautifully for me. I use Bartlett most often because they’re soft, sweet, and thin-skinned which helps them blend easily.

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Some Of The Best Ways To Serve Pear Sauce:

  • ON ITS OWN AS A SIDE DISH. There aren’t a ton of fruits (besides citrus) in season during the cold months, but you can count on pears! We serve this cold as a fruit side dish with meals during the winter sometimes and the kids (and grown-ups!) love it.
  • SPOONED OVER OATMEAL. Slow cooker pear sauce is SO lovely spooned over a bowl of warm oatmeal. (Try these Instant Pot steel cut oats or this stovetop version). I love adding almonds and more fruit on top!
  • STIRRED INTO YOGURT. Pear sauce is a great way to flavor plain yogurt (dairy or non-dairy). You can add a few spoonfuls to plain or vanilla yogurt and give it a good stir for some instant flavor (+ maybe sprinkle some granola on top?)
  • FOR FRUIT ON THE BOTTOM CHIA PUDDING. I love this fruit-on-the-bottom chia pudding for an easy meal prep breakfast, and pear sauce makes a perfect fruity base to use. (You can also spoon it on top–it works both ways!) It’s such a tasty twist!
  • SERVED WARM OVER VANILLA ICE CREAM. Lastly, if you want to get decadent (and a little old-fashioned), you can spoon some warm (like WARM) pear sauce over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The contrast is lovely and it’s kind of like a quick fruit crumble! (Especially if you add some granola or nuts on top)
Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce from One Lovely Life

FAQ + Tips and Tricks For The Best Slow Cooker Pear Sauce

MAKE IT IN THE INSTANT POT! If you want to make this recipe as Instant Pot Pear Sauce it’s SUPER easy. Just add the ingredients to the Instant Pot + pressure cook on manual for 10 minutes + quick-release the steam + puree or mash as desired!

DO YOU HAVE TO PEEL PEARS FOR PEAR SAUCE? Mostly no! If you’re using a soft-skinned (+ripe) variety or pear, you probably don’t need to peel them at all. (I rarely do!) You’ll probably want to puree the sauce for skin-on pears if you’ve got texture-sensitive littles (or grown-ups!) at your house.

MASHING VS PUREEING YOUR PEAR SAUCE. My kids prefer our fruit sauce smooth, so I puree it in a blender (or use an immersion blender) so it’s super smooth. If you like a more rustic texture, you can use a potato masher to smash and mash it until it gets to your desired consistency.

DO YOU EAT PEAR SAUCE WARM OR COLD? Totally your preference. Our family enjoys it cold most of the time, but it’s really lovely warm in some applications (like over a warm bowl of oatmeal or spooned hot over a scoop of vanilla ice cream).

CAN I MAKE THIS ON THE STOVETOP? Absolutely. You can follow these directions to make pear sauce on the stovetop.

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce from One Lovely Life

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Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce from One Lovely Life

Slow Cooker Pear Sauce (Paleo + Vegan + Whole30)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 3-4 Hours
  • Yield: 56 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce. This easy pear sauce is super simple thanks to a slow cooker or Instant Pot. Set it, forget it, then enjoy it! (Paleo + Vegan + Whole30)


Ingredients

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  • 8 medium pears, cored and diced (no need to peel)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions

  1. Combine pears, water and spices in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours.
  3. For more rustic sauce: simply mash with a potato masher, leaving large pieces here and there.
  4. For super-smooth sauce: Let cool slightly, then work in batches to puree in a blender.* (Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender/stick blender to puree.)
  5. Serve & Store. Eat warm or cold! Store the finished pear sauce mixture in pint jars or an airtight container in the fridge 4-5 days. Pear sauce can also be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before eating.

Notes

FOR INSTANT POT PEAR SAUCE: Place diced pears, water, and spices in your Instant Pot. Cover, set the pressure valve to “SEALING” then pressure cook on manual for 10 minutes. Quick-release the steam, then mash or puree!

*When pureeing warm or hot liquids, work in batches so as not to over-fill blender. If possible, vent slightly and cover with a kitchen towel to prevent splatters.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-4 Hours
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: slow cooker pear sauce, pear sauce, instant pot pear sauce, crock pot pear sauce, spiced pear sauce, slow cooker pear sauce recipe

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12 Comments

  1. Love it!
    I prefer strongly spiced food myself, so this is something I’d like to try 🙂
    This would be great on oatmeal or even on crumbles 🙂

  2. Making this now on the high setting, I added a small amount of star anise. Cant wait for it to come out of the crock.

  3. Lactose intolerant so I usually have home made applesauce on my cereal. But I have 15 pounds of pears, so I will be enjoying pear sauce for a while! Looks good and easy.

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