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Vanilla Spice Pear Sauce (Paleo + Vegan)

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Stir this vanilla spice pear sauce into a warm bowl of oatmeal. It's incredible! (Vegan, Paleo) from www.onelovelylife.com

I was trudging through Costco a few weeks back trying not to pout that all the peaches and cherries were gone and the berries looked sad, when I saw the most gorgeous box of pears for a spectacular price. I picked them up, cheered up, brought them home and remembered that….both my children refuse to eat pears right now. (Sophie because of texture, Milo because of Sophie)

So, I had like 10 pears to go through that were ALL RIPE RIGHT NOW.

What to do but make something sweet? Duh.

Vanilla Spice Pear Sauce - gorgeous, slightly spiced pear sauce from www.onelovelylife.com

I often go for pear pie (like Pear with Gruyere or Fall Fruit)  in cases like these (because it’s AMAZING), but I wanted something I could pear pair with meals or snacks (since that’s what I’d bought the fruit for in the first place). So, pear sauce.

I love my recipe for spiced pear sauce (that reminds me of my grandma’s incredible life-changing jam), but I thought something milder would be just the ticket this time.

Simmered on the stove for 15-20 minutes, cooled and pureed in a blender till velvety smooth, this pear sauce is just right. Gorgeous pear flavor, sweet enough that no sugar is needed, and a little whisper of vanilla and spices for warmth. I’ve loved eating small bowls of this with my lunches. It’s a great snack with a little granola on top, and you can even stir it into your morning bowl of oatmeal for a brilliant breakfast.

Fast, easy, seasonal, and perfectly delicious. What else could a girl want?

This vanilla spice pear sauce is the perfect snack--no added sweetener!
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Vanilla Spice Pear Sauce

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  • Author: One Lovely Life, adapted from Good Life Eats
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 quarts (about 6 cups) 1x


I’ve found that if I leave all the peels on, it’s a bit gritty, but I hate to lose all that fiber, so I usually peel half the pears. It works like a dream.


  • 56 large pears (or 67 medium ones), peeled if desired then cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup water (you could also sub in apple cider or apple juice)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place diced pears, water, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low and continue simmering for 15-20 minutes, or until the pears are quite soft.
  2. Let cool, then puree in a blender, food processor (or right in the pot with an immersion blender) until completely smooth.
  3. Makes 1 1/2 quarts
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins


  1. Absolutely delicious!!! I had a bowl of pears that needed to be used up quickly, so went on the hunt for a pear sauce to serve over pancakes, and landed on this one. So easy, so good. Thanks!

    1. Ann – I’m so sorry for the confusion! You can choose. If you add the vanilla at the beginning with the spices, it’ll be a bit softer (my preference). If you add it at the end, it’ll be a more pronounced flavor. It’s your choice!

  2. Normally, I wouldn’t add flavor to fresh-picked, very ripe fruit sauce, but your recipe contained some of my favorite spices. Delicious! This pear sauce is the perfect comfort food on its own, or would be great added to a good number of other dishes I could imagine, It was quick and easy. I wasn’t sure about the vanilla either and decided to add it with the other spices. All perfect and I will be making it again soon to give as a gift to the client who offered me her ready to harvest pear tree while they are away. Thank you!

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