Instant Pot Cinnamon Pear Chunky Applesauce

Applesauce is totally for adults, right? This easy, delicious and chunky Instant Pot pear applesauce is made with apples, pears, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla.

The best part is that it only takes 12-minutes to make! Don’t have an Instant Pot? It can also be made in the slow cooker or crock pot.

Side shot of finished Instant Pot applesauce recipe in a clear glass mason jar.

Homemade applesauce with apples and pears

I consumed copious amounts of applesauce as a child, and for some reason, I forget about it as an adult. 

Maybe it’s because my mom doesn’t pack my lunch with tiny applesauce cups anymore (thanks mom) or because whenever I think about making it from scratch, it seems like such a big project.

But the truth is, homemade applesauce can be extremely simple to make, and so much more delicious than those tiny little cups (sorry mom). 

I use the Instant Pot – this one: 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Instant Pot – to make my applesauce because it’s ready in just over 12 minutes.  I repeat, homemade applesauce in 12 MINUTES! 

It takes a couple of minutes to get the Instant Pot going on the pressure cooker setting, and a few minutes to rest at the end before you can open it, but you get what I’m saying. 

Usually it takes hours to make homemade applesauce.

Side shot of whole fresh apples and pears in a glass bowl.
Overhead shot of apples diced on a white marble background with a knife.

Unpeeled apples and pears for added fiber (and ease!)

The other cool thing: I don’t peel my apples.  There might be some grandmas or other home cooks cringing right now, but I just can’t help it. 

The dietitian in me is always screaming for more fiber, and leaving the skins on is one way, plus it gives the applesauce a nice texture and saves a bunch of time when prepping. 

Now all you have to do is dice up your favorite crisp apples and throw ’em in the pot.

I also use pears in this recipe (although you could swap them out for more apples) just to give it an additional flavor profile and texture. 

Plus, I just feel bad for pears because they’re DELICIOUS but totally underutilized in cooking.

And as if this recipe isn’t easy enough, I have one more thing to add. 

There are only a handful of ingredients to make this applesauce: apples, pears, water, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract and salt.  I’m gonna go ahead and guess you have almost all of those items at home. 

YES!  And!  There are directions in the recipe for making this Cinnamon Pear Chunky Applesauce in the Instant Pot, slow cooker/crock pot or on the stove top (and how to can it if you wish to do so).

There are literally no excuses for not making this applesauce!

Overhead of finished Instant Pot applesauce with pears.

I will be posting more delicious recipes before Christmas, but if I still want to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS.  Enjoy this last, chaotic week before the big day.

And if you love the maple-apple combination, you may want to try this recipe for Maple Sweet Potato & Apple Soup.


Instant Pot Cinnamon Pear Chunky Applesauce

This easy, delicious and chunky Instant Pot pear applesauce is made with apples, pears, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla and can also be made in a crock post or slow cooker. 

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 16 Servings 1x
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Crock Pot, Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 honey crisp apples, skin-on, diced
  • 4 Bartlett pears, skin-on, diced
  • ¾ cup water
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch coarse salt


  1. Place apples, pears, water, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt in the bowl of the Instant Pot and secure the lid on sealing. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 12 minutes. Once it beeps, let it sit about 10 minutes, until pressure seal opens. Remove the lid.
  2. Use an immersion blender to blend about half of the applesauce, so it resembles chunky applesauce. Place in containers, let cool, then refrigerate.


Slow Cooker Instructions: Place all ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. Proceed to step 2.

Stove-Top Instructions: Place all ingredients in a stock pot or large saucepan. Simmer for 45-60 minutes, until apples and pears are soft. Proceed to step 2.

Canning Instructions: Wash, then boil jars and lids for 10 minutes. Fill with applesauce, then seal and fit with the lid. Boil filled and sealed jar for 10 minutes. Be sure lids pop, then store in the pantry for up to 1 year.



  • Serving Size: 1/16 of recipe
  • Calories: 69
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 7mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: easy, healthy, sugar free, homemade, with skins, slow cooker, no sugar

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P.S. You totally deserve to buy yourself an Instant Pot for Christmas, or if you’re feeling generous, you could buy one for a loved one.  Or both.  Grab one (or two) here:

Angle shot of applesauce in a mason jar with silver spoon.
Side shot of Instant Pot applesauce with apples, pears, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla in a mason jar with silver spoon.

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