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Overhead view into a white bowl of pear applesauce surrounded by apples and cinnamon sticks.

Instant Pot Hidden Veggie Pear Applesauce

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Quarts 1x
  • Category: Appetizers & Snacks
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Instant Pot Hidden Veggie Pear Applesauce is packed with nutrition and made in just a few minutes using your favorite pressure cooker! This recipe includes two vegetables and tastes just like cinnamon applesauce, for the win!



For the Instant Pot:

  • 10 pears (I typically use bartlett but any will work), cored and deseeded with skin on
  • 3 large apples (I prefer honeycrisp), cored and deseeded with skin on
  • 3 golden beets (yellow beets), use a vegetable peeler to remove skin and cut into 1 inch thick pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Into the Blender:

  • 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Once prepared add apples, pears and golden beets to the instant pot or pressure cooker.
  2. Pour in one cup of water and place 2 cinnamon sticks in.
  3. Lock lid and set valve to sealing.
  4. Select Manual / Pressure Cook on high for 10 minutes.
  5. Once cooking has finished, quick release steam.
  6. Carefully remove the two cinnamon sticks and discard.
  7. Using a slotted spoon transfer all but the liquid into a blender.
  8. To the blender also add the spinach and ground cinnamon.
  9. Blend on high several minutes until smooth and creamy.
  10. (Optional Step: Pour blender contents through a wire strainer to ensure no chunks of spinach remain and rat you out!)
  11. Pour Pear Applesauce into mason jars or other freezable containers for storage.
  12. I recommend allowing to cool on the counter for 30+ minutes if possible to release steam before placing a lid on and transferring to the refrigerator. I also recommend allowing to chill in the frig prior to placing in the freezer to prep the jars and give your freezer an easier job.
  13. Enjoy!


*Cook time is an “Instant Pot” 10 minutes which means once the machine comes to pressure which is really closer to 15-20 minutes in total.

Keywords: Applesauce recipe, instant pot, hidden veggie, picky eater,

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