Lemon Vanilla Pear-Sauce (NSA)
MOVE over applesauce, we’ve got a new sauce in town! This is a fabulous change up from our traditional apple sauce and the two extra flavors added really make it unique.
Pears are fruits and fruits are NOT bad. I’m just writing that for anyone who is concerned that pears are “too high in sugar.” They have naturally occurring sugar/carbohydrate in them – that’s what makes them sweet like all fruit. But no one is injecting them with syringes full of table sugar. Maybe in a recipe but certainly not at the store. To tell someone that fruit has too much sugar only creates fear around a perfectly nutritious food option.
Now, before someone gets at me for those who have to monitor their blood sugar, you can STILL have fruit. However, it is helpful (for everyone) to pair a fruit with a protein or fat. This gives the body more nutrients to break down, thus slowing the absorption of the carbohydrate and create less of a spike in blood sugar and then insulin. I like to think of this in lego-terms. If I eat pear sauce, I’m eating one food group or just yellow lego bricks. The body sees all yellow and breaks it down quickly for energy but this also raises blood sugar fast. Eat the pear sauce over some cottage cheese (protein AND fat) and now you’ve given your body three colors of legos to break down more slowly.
Not to mention foods are often more satisfying and filling with multiple food groups. Questions? Comment below because I know you’re more so here for the recipe!
Lemon Vanilla Pear-Sauce – No Sugar Added
- 6-8 whole pears, pealed
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup water
Peel the pears and slice around the core. They do not need to be neat chunks as it'll all soften to be pureed anyways.
Squeeze out the juice from 1/2 a lemon and zest if desired.
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and set on high for 2-3 hours or low for 3-4
Optional: Add a 1/2-1 tsp of ground cinnamon either mixed in or sprinkle on your individual servings. Freezes well in an airtight ziplock freezer bag.
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If I were going to create some pairings with this for the reasons mentioned above, I would definitely enjoy this with some plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. It would also be great in baked goods, served on the side with a meal, dipped into with graham crackers, or even served over some vanilla bean ice cream.
How are you getting fruit in during the winter? This is a super delicious and easy way AND it makes your home smell great.