Chai-Spiced Instant Pot Pear Applesauce

Chai-spied pear applesauce in a bowl on top of a stack of bowls next to two cinnamon sticks on a cutting board

While applesauce is easy on the stovetop, it’s a total SNAP in an Instant Pot. This applesauce (pear applesauce… pearplesauce?) is delicious on its own, but it’s even better added to a bowl of oatmeal or spooned over waffles for breakfast.

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Chai-Spiced Instant Pot Pear Applesauce

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

8 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes




  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks (I use Fuji and Pink Lady)
  • 4 medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 5 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves


  1. Combine all ingredients in an Instant Pot. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  2. For a chunkier sauce, use a slotted spoon to remove half of the apple and pear chunks. Use an immersion blender to puree the remaining fruit and then stir in reserved fruit chunks (alternately, you can cool the mixture and puree in a blender or food processor). For a thinner sauce, do not remove any fruit before pureeing.


Yummy! This looks delicious! I’ve never had “real” apple(pear)sauce.

We had home ec in middle school and got to learn how to sow, cook, and iron (seriously when did I grow up the 1940s!). Anyways, it was my favorite class too. I just loved learning how to cook different things.

You what I love with Applesauce?… Popcorn. I pop it from the kernels, not from the bag. So there’s no flavor (salt, butter).And then I dip it (while warm) in apple cinnamon sauce. So, thank you ma’am for another recipe I NEED to make. <3!

Yes! All the kids looking for easy credits took the class–I think I was the only one who was actually enthusiastic about cooking. But I didn’t really get into cooking until I started getting more health conscious. Prior to that, I cooked, but I wasn’t very adventurous–it was a lot of pasta and things involving potatoes and cheese. πŸ™‚

Me too! I used to always use the little oatmeal packets, but since they’re so full of sugar, I’m trying to eat the old-fashioned or steel cut oats instead. But they need a little something to spice them up, and applesauce is a good addition.

-gasp- I’ve been looking for something like this ever since my local Trader Joe’s stopped carrying their pear sauce. It was my favorite! Can’t wait to try! What pears do you recommend?

How did I miss that Trader Joe’s had pear sauce?! Too bad they stopped carrying it before I got to try it! Any kind of pear will work in this; I like to use 2 firmer ones for chunkiness and 2 softer ones for sauciness.

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