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Best Applesauce Substitute (Great in Baking!)

Summer Yule
What’s the best substitute for applesauce? This unsweetened applesauce substitute uses pears for a 1:1 applesauce alternative in baking!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Slow Food DIY
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 70 kcal


  • 8 cups pears
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • Peel, core, and chop your pears into large pieces. 
  • Place the prepared pears in your slow cooker. Tuck in the cinnamon stick. Pour the water over the top.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid. If you’re using a Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot, leave the steam vent open. 
  • Slow cook unsweetened applesauce substitute for 6 hours on high. They’ll look very watery at this point, but once you mash them down, they’ll develop a more applesauce-like consistency. After mashing, turn the slow cooker to low and cook an additional hour. 
  • The varieties of pears you use do determine how watery this faux applesauce turns out. If it's still too watery after cooking, you can heat it on the stovetop to get more water off. (If you’re using a Ninja Foodi or other multipurpose cooker, simply take the lid off and use the “high saute” function.) 
  • Once it’s ready, remove the cinnamon stick, and let the sauce chill in the fridge. I like to leave this sauce a little chunky. However, you can blend it with a food processor or immersion blender for a smoother fruit puree. Enjoy! 


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). There are many ways you can substitute applesauce. IMVHO, I would consider this applesauce substitute to be a nutritious and healthy choice (depending on your needs, of course).
One of the most common alternatives to applesauce in baking recipes is oil. However, there are some large differences between applesauce and oil nutritionally.
For every ½ cup of oil you replace with this applesauce substitute, you will save almost 900 calories and 110 grams of fat. It can have a big impact if you are on a low fat or low-calorie diet for weight loss.
This pear sauce is one of the best applesauce substitutes without using apples because apples and pears are so similar. You can easily make your recipes apple free by using this applesauce substitute instead. The nutrition of the finished recipe will be very similar to if you had used applesauce.
All of that said, if you want to use an applesauce substitute to change your baking recipe, pear sauce is not the best choice. Using oil or butter in place of some of the applesauce will help you make a high calorie recipe for weight gain. Using plain Greek yogurt in place of some of the applesauce will give you a higher protein recipe.
Ultimately, what’s “best” will depending on what you’re looking to do by replacing the applesauce. When you have that defined, choosing the best applesauce substitute for your recipe becomes much easier.
Nutrition information is for one half-cup serving. Nutrition information will vary depending on how much the pears were cooked down, which varieties of pears were used, and the ripeness of the pears.


Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gVitamin C: 8% DVIron: 2% DV
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