Well, now that the holiday season is underway, things tend to get a little crazy. Something that helps me keep my meals under control, and helps me avoid having to buy food when I am out running around, is having prepared snacks. One such snack is this chunky chai-spiced pear sauce. Like applesauce, but with pears; and, if you don’t have pears, you can sub apples in this recipe, or you can mix the two so you have apple and pear sauce.
Part of the beauty of making your own pear sauce at home is that you control the ingredients, and by cooking it slowly, the pears break down and meld with the cinnamon and chai spices to make a slightly sweet (but without sugar added) and slightly spicy snack.
Not only is it a quick and easy snack to grab, it’s also a healthy one, with the pears providing roughly 6 grams of fiber in each medium-sized pear, and they also contain flavonoids, which can improve sensitivity to insulin in the body. Let’s get started!
First, wash your pears. I used a lot of them, but they cook down a lot, so don’t be too overwhelmed if it seems like you have a lot of pears:
Then start peeling them. I find a vegetable peeler is easiest for this job:
Once peeled, coarsely chop the pears into pieces. Don’t worry if they aren’t uniformly sized; this will give you some good chunks once the pears all cook down.
Place all of them in a large pot with a lid, and add the spices:
Mix it up!
Mash the pears a bit throughout the cooking process. You can either use the back of a wooden spoon, or a potato masher. Or, if you prefer a smooth sauce, you can just puree it in a blender or food processor once the pears have finished cooking.
Then let it cool, and to help keep your healthy snacks as accessible as possible, portion the pear sauce into individual servings, then store in the fridge. Now you have quick and easy snacks when you want them all week!
Chunky Chai-Spiced Pear Sauce
15 bosc pears
2 Tsp. cinnamon
2 Tsp. ground cardamom
1 Tsp. ground ginger
½ Tsp. ground allspice
1 Tsp. ground cloves
1 Tsp. vanilla extract
1.) Peel and coarsely chop the pears, then place them in a large pot with a lid.
2.) Start with medium-high heat, and once the pears start to reduce and there is a bit of liquid in the pot, raise the heat until you have a gentle boil. If you have trouble getting any liquid out at first, you can add a bit of water or apple juice, roughly 1/2 cup.
3.) Once boiling, turn down to a simmer, cover with a lid, then let it sit for 25-30 minutes, until the consistency is as pictured above, stirring every few minutes throughout.
4.) Remove from heat, let it cool, then either puree it for a smoother consistency, or go ahead and portion it into individual servings, and store it in the fridge.