Cinnamon Poached Pears

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Cinnamon Poached Pears are a sweet and spicy side dish or treat! Flavored with cinnamon, fresh ginger, mandarin oranges, and coconut sugar, this simple-yet-decadent recipe is perfect for the holidays or because it’s a day of the week ending in day! {Paleo and Vegan-friendly}


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 pears, peeled
  • 2 apples (any color), sliced and skins left on
  • 3 mandarin oranges, peeled
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pieces (or rounds) of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (more or less as desired)
  • Handful or two of fresh cranberries, optional
  • 1/21 cup pomegranate arils, optional


  1. Set a slow cooker to four hours and add the water, peeled pears, mandarin oranges, sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, ginger rounds, and coconut sugar. Let cook for two hours and then turn each pear over. Add the fresh cranberries and pomegranate arils. Replace the lid and let cook the remaining two hours.
  2. When the four hours are complete, remove the lid and let the pears cool enough to remove them from the slow cooker. Place them on a serving dish or on individual plates.  
  3. From the cider that collected at the bottom of the slow cooker, drizzle some over each pear and pour the rest through a mesh strainer into a deep mixing bowl or large measuring cup. Discard the ingredients that collected in the strainer, including the apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, ginger rounds, cranberries, and pomegranate arils.
  4. Serve the mulled cider in heat-proof mugs. Add a sprinkle of coconut sugar or a drizzle of 100% pure honey or 100% pure maple syrup to the cider, if desired.
  5. Serve the pears immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for about 24-48 hours.


  • For softer Cinnamon Poached Pears, once the cook time is complete, turn the slow cooker off. Then leave the Poached Cinnamon Pears in place, covered, to continue softening in the hot liquid. I have left them for another 1-2 hours once the slow cooker is turned off. 
  • Add rum. If you would like to make this a dessert shared by the over-21s, then add a splash of rum to the slow cooker liquid. I would do this just as the cook time is done and then let everything sit for a few minutes so the flavors have a chance to blend together.  This way you don’t “bake out” the flavor by overcooking it. 
  • Serve over granola. You can turn this into a more substantive dessert or even a breakfast recipe by how you serve it. Granola, quinoa, oatmeal are all delicious options! 
  • For a paleo version, sweeten with coconut sugar, 1o0% pure maple syrup, or 100% pure honey. For a vegan variation, omit the 100% pure honey option.