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Unsweetened Ginger Pear Cinnamon Applesauce

  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 3/4 cups (6 servings) 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This Unsweetened Ginger Pear Cinnamon Applesauce is made on the stovetop with gala apples, bartlett pears, and fresh ginger, with no sugar added!


  • 3 medium Gala apples, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3 medium Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (mince very finely if hand mashing)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and stir until well mixed. Place the pan over medium heat until the water comes to a slow boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are very tender (be sure to check an apple chunk; they take longer to cook through than pears).
  2. Remove the pan from heat, and blend the apples and pears together in your preferred method until no chunks remain. Use a potato masher, an immersion blender, or a Vitamix on low. It’s delicious when warm, but best when refrigerated overnight.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Peeling: Based on my own personal preference, I recommend peeling the pears, but leaving the apple peels on, if you are using a blender to mash the applesauce. The pear peels leave a gritty texture in the sauce based on my tests. If you are not using a blender to mash your applesauce, I recommend peeling both the apples and pears to avoid chunks of fruit skin.

Variety of Fruit: Since there is no added sugar, I recommend using a sweeter apple variety such as Gala or Fuji for this recipe. I have only used Bartlett pears, but others may works as well.

Ginger: If you are planning to hand mash your applesauce, be sure to mince your fresh ginger very well so you don’t find large pieces of ginger in your sauce! If blending, a rough mince is fine.


  • Serving Size: about 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 94
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 1g

Keywords: applesauce, apples, pears, stovetop, cinnamon, ginger

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