Slow Cooker Apple-and-Pear Sauce


Easy to find at the grocery store? Apple sauce. Not easy? Apple and pear, together. Enter your slow cooker, a simple list of ingredients, and a hands-off method for an easy and delicious recipe.

Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
1½ quarts

When you combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker, it might not seem like enough water, but due to the way a slow cooker works, the steam from the cooked apples and pears will mix in to make sure it’s all good and saucy. Two cooking tips: make sure to remove the seeds before cooking the apples and pears, and cool the apple sauce completely before refrigerating.


  • 2 pounds apples, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 2 pounds pears, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup

  • ¾ cup water

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise and seeds scraped or ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Place all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring just to combine. Cover and cook on LOW until apples and pears are tender, about 4 hours.

  2. Remove and discard vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.

  3. Pulse mixture in a food processor or blender, or mash in a bowl with a potato masher, to desired consistency.

    Slow Cooker Apple-and-Pear Sauce
    Greg DuPree

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

120 Calories
0g Fat
31g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 0g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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