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. [av_sidebar widget_area=’Lockerdome’ av_uid=’av-2ioyh5′]

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

Join the Conversation

  1. Can this be canned?

    1. I’m sure it can, but it’s never around long enough to find out! (I have had some people tell me it freezes well too)

  2. We are addicted to this! LOVE it! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  3. Okay you twisted my arm, I’m making it.

  4. 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

  5. I want to try this, humm

  6. Ooh … I need this on big ol’ pork chops. NEED.

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