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Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce in two glass bowls.

Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce

A recipe for Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce! Pears and apples are heated with warming spices in a slow cooker until tender.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine N/A
Keyword apple, applesauce, pear, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


  • 28 ounces (800 grams) apples about 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 24 ounces (680 grams) pears about 4 medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


  • Place the pieces of apples and pears in a large slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle with the lemon juice and toss gently to coat thoroughly.
  • Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds into the slow cooker and toss in the pods (or add 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste).
  • Add the brown sugar, cinnamon stick, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg. Toss gently to coat.
  • Cover the slow cooker and set to low heat. Cook for about 6 hours or until the apples and pears are completely tender.
  • Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and vanilla pods. Use an immersion blender to carefully puree the apples and pears to desired smoothness or transfer the mixture to a stand blender and puree.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.