Recipe: Chunky Spiced Pear Sauce (Paleo, SCD, GAPS, AIP)


Nov 20
pear sauce, pears, apple sauce

I walked past a cartoon of damaged pears in the supermarket and was captivated by the siren fragrance of their sweetness. Thus, Chunky Spiced Pear Sauce.

Although pears are number 6 this year on EWG’s Dirty Dozen, I couldn’t walk away from $1.99 for about 5 pounds of pears – many of which were perfectly ripe and perfect for cooking.

I washed them thoroughly and peeled and cored them. Sometimes you just have to go with what is out there in the market. As my good friend Rita always says, “don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough”.

These pears were beyond “good enough”, albeit, not organic.

Pears contain a lot of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium and fiber. The fiber is soluble fiber, also known as pectin fiber.

Pectin fiber (just like that found in apples) binds to fat soluble substances such as cholesterol and other fatty acids and facilitates the elimination of the fats. Since toxins accumulate in fatty tissue, any substance that facilitates the elimination of fats also ushers the elimination of toxins and helps regulate the toxic load in your body.

Naturally occurring pectin fiber is good.

You might also like my recipe for Poached Pears in Spiced Syrup.

pear sauce, pears, apple sauce



Recipe: Chunky Spiced Pear Sauce (Paleo, SCD, GAPS, AIP)

pear sauce, pears, apple sauce

Chunky spiced pear sauce.

  • Author: Dr. Jill
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts 1x


  • 5 pounds of pears (Bartlett are best) – that would be 8 – 9 large pears
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or juice from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (use powder if AIP)
  • 23 Tbsp honey (optional – taste first to see if needed)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice (omit if AIP)


  1. Clean and peel pears and chop loosely into 1/2″ pieces
  2. Add chopped pears to the pot
  3. Add the water, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract or powder
  4. Bring to a gently boil and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the chunks are soft
  5. Keep stirring the chunks every few minutes
  6. After a while, taste the sauce and add the honey if needed
  7. At this point you can also add the ground cinnamon and Allspice (if using)
  8. The chunks are done when a knife goes through easily
  9. Let cool in the pot
  10. Remove the cinnamon sticks
  11. When somewhat cool take your stick blender and give it 2 whirls – you want some puree but you also want to maintain chunks so do this carefully
  12. Store in glass jars in the refrigerator
  13. This also freezes well


Tip: Be very careful when using the immersion blender in the pears – a little whirl goes a long way. You will get a total puree in just a few whirls.

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