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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

Chai-Spiced Pear Applesauce Recipe

Pear Applesauce flavored with chai spices and slow-cooked in a crockpot. Adapted from Skinnytaste’s Crock Pot Applesauce.

  • Author: Oh My Veggies
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie
    January 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

    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.

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      The Type A Housewife
      January 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Oh, you should make it! It is so easy. You can do it on the stovetop too. It tastes a million times better than the kind that you buy. πŸ™‚

      I wish I learned how to iron in school. Seriously, I could use that.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    January 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Oh my goodness, that looks just divine! I love making homemade applesauce, but I’ll try your version next!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you! Let me know what you think if you make it–this was my first try in a slow cooker & I think I’m going to do it this way from now on.

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    RJ
    January 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Oh yum! We make homemade applesauce all the time during the year and this looks awesome!

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      The Type A Housewife
      January 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you! I love making applesauce too–it’s so easy, you never want to eat the jarred stuff again. πŸ™‚

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    Smedette
    January 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I’m drooling over here! I love making fruit butters and the like in my slow-cooker; the smell is amazing.

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      The Type A Housewife
      January 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I want to try making chai-spiced apple butter next! I’ve never attempted fruit butters before, but my mom got me a new slow cooker for Christmas, so now I’m on a slow cooking kick.

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    Candy
    January 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    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!

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      Candy
      January 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      You *know what I love… oops!

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      The Type A Housewife
      January 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Popcorn dipped in applesauce? Okay, that’s a little bit weird. πŸ˜‰ But applesauce is definitely better than butter & yellow food coloring!

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    BusyWorkingMama
    January 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    You had cooking as a credit? Jealous!! I didn’t discover my love of cooking until probably age 29, when I became a parent. Suddenly feeding my family well became important.

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      The Type A Housewife
      January 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      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™‚

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    January 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Yum – this is applesauce for grownups! And I love applesauce in my oatmeal it makes it so much more filling and hearty!

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      The Type A Housewife
      January 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      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.

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    Virginia from That Bald Chick
    January 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Oh my yum! I’ve bookmarked, pinned, stumbled, tweeted, and shared on FB. I can’t wait to try it!

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      The Type A Housewife
      January 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you for sharing this! It is really good and I think next time, I’m going to double the recipe and freeze some (because I’m terrified of canning–I just know I will end up giving people botulism!).

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    January 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Oh this looks really delicious. I really like applesauce and love to spice it up!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you! I love applesauce too–it makes a nice guilt-free dessert.

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    what katie's baking
    September 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    “I never have to be afraid of these people again. Because I have just witnessed them making applesauce.” hahah!
    i love, love, love your blog and this recipe!

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      Kiersten
      September 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thank you! πŸ˜€

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    C. Riphagen
    September 7, 2012 at 2:53 am

    -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?

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      Kiersten
      September 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

      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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    emishki
    September 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

    This looks great! Quick question – is it fresh ginger that you use or ground ginger?

    Many thanks,
    erin

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      Kiersten
      September 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Oops, I don’t know why I didn’t have that in there. It’s ground–I just changed the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out!

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        emishki
        September 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Great, thank you! It’s in the slow cooker as I type…

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    Tara
    November 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Perfect! I received just the right amount of apples and pears in my CSA box and made this right away. It is a new favorite with my husband and son.

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      Kiersten
      November 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

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    Antri C. | Beauty Blogger & Reviewer
    April 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Oh my pear!! 😁😘😘 it looks amazingly delicious and healthy πŸ™‚ xoxo

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    Jenn
    June 11, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Made this in the crockpot yesterday was to die for! Did not have cardamom thanks to a google search substituted equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg. Will definitely make again!

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