easy paleo recipe for apple cinnamon pear sauce

Chunky Paleo Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce

If you’re an applesauce lover like me, here’s a very easy paleo recipe for chunky apple and pear sauce that tastes so much better than store-bought – without all the processing and preservatives.

There’s something wonderful about the unfussy deliciousness of home-cooked fruit – a real, honest, earthy goodness you just can’t get off a store shelf. The aroma from this one as it simmers on your stovetop is absolutely amazing.

But of course the best part is the taste! This apple-pear sauce is mostly sweet with a little tartness, spiced just right with cinnamon and brightened with a splash of lemon.

You’ll find a spoonful or two right from the jar will satisfy your sweet tooth. I love a warmed-up scoop alongside just about any pork and chicken entrée. And of course this sauce makes a rich fruity topping served warm over paleo waffles or paleo ice cream. The kids will love this one too as a healthy after-school snack.

What’s nice about this paleo apple-pear sauce recipe is you can easily adjust the sweetness to suit your taste. 

I happened to have Honey Crisp apples in my fruit bin which are mostly sweet, and the Bartlett pears I found at the grocery were nice and ripe. So for this batch, I didn’t need to add honey – but you may want to depending on the tartness of your fruit.

Before you decide to add a sweetner, I’d suggest letting the fruit cook down, add the spices, then give it a taste. If it’s too tart, add a tablespoon or two of raw honey. Or if you want to get creative, use pure maple syrup instead of honey!

If you prefer a smoother sauce more like traditional applesauce, you can always use an immersion blender after the fruit has cooked down, or pour the mixture into a traditional blender or food processor to purée.

Hope you give this really easy paleo recipe a try. I know you’ll love having a jar of this apple-pear sauce handy in your fridge to add to your paleo meals, or as a sweet spoonful of guilt-free pleasure whenever you have the urge. Enjoy!

Chunky Paleo Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce

Yield: Makes about 2.5 cups

Chunky Paleo Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce


  • 3 apples (any variety) – peeled, cored and diced small
  • 3 Bartlett pears – peeled, cored and diced small
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbs water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1-2 tbs raw honey* (optional - see "Notes" below)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine apples, pears, lemon juice, water, and the cinnamon stick
  2. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat
  3. Stir mixture, cover and reduce heat to medium-low
  4. Cook about 20 minutes until fruit is tender, stirring occasionally
  5. Next add the ground cinnamon and the all spice. Taste and add 1-2 tbs of honey for additional sweetness if desired
  6. Remove cinnamon stick and use a potato masher if you want the sauce a little smoother. For a creamy sauce use an immersion blender or run it through your regular blender or food processor
  7. Allow to cool, spoon into jars, and store in refrigerator


*Bartlett pears are typically very sweet, so you may not need to add honey - taste your sauce while cooking and sweeten if necessary to taste

Don't have pears? You can substitute 3 more apples for the pears and make apple sauce instead!

Keep refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks


9 replies
  1. Debra Jane
    Debra Jane says:

    I’m transitioning to paleo but also have to follow a low fodmap diet due to food sensitivities so if anyone is successfully paleo on low fodmap eating I’d be keen for tips


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