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Apple Pear Compote with Yogurt and Granola

This delicious Apple-Pear Compote features two favorite autumn fruits. We enjoy it served over granola with a dollop of Greek yogurt as an alternative to our breakfast oatmeal. It’s also a lovely dessert on its own or flavored with a little brandy or rum and spooned over vanilla ice cream.

Everywhere I look lately, bloggers are posting their favorite oatmeal recipes. And rightly so. The leaves are changing, the temperatures are falling, and it’s quickly becoming the season for warm, comforting recipes.

A serving of apple-pear compote with yogurt and granola in a decorative bowl.

I like a nice bowl of warm, spiced oatmeal on a cool morning, too. But, to be honest, I get tired of it pretty quickly. I enjoy a little something different once in a while.

This Pear and Apple Compote with Yogurt and Granola is a great alternative to our everyday oatmeal. It’s warm and deliciously comforting and just different enough not to be boring! A bowl of granola topped with a bit of Greek yogurt and fruit. My idea of a perfect autumn breakfast. Yum!

🛒 Ingredient Notes


  • Cooking Apples (Cooking apples are varieties that hold their shape better when cooked. Examples of cooking apply varieties are Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Winesap, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith.)
  • Pears (I used red bartlett pears in this recipe, but almost any variety of pear is fine.)
  • Sugar (White or brown)
  • Raisins (Choose either dark or golden raisins; or substitute currants if you like.)
  • Granola (Use your favorite purchased granola from the grocery’s cereal aisle.)
  • Greek Yogurt (I enjoy a vanilla flavored yogurt for this recipe but plain is just as good.)

The complete ingredient list with detailed measurements is included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

🥄 How to Make Pear and Apple Compote with Yogurt and Granola


Prepare the Fruit

Pears and apples sitting on a cutting board.

Use whatever varieties of apples and pears you like for this recipe. I used Honeycrisp apples this time along with two gorgeous red Bartlett pears just because that’s what I had on hand. Granny Smith apples are a good choice, too.

Peeling and coring pears and apples.

Peel and core the apples and pears and cut them into similar sized chunks.

Cook the Apples and Pears

Prepared fruit, sugar, and cinnamon in a pot.

Place the fruit, along with the sugar, cinnamon, and water, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 15-20 minutes or until the pears and apples are soft. The cooking time is up to you. If you like your fruit a bit softer, cook longer. Stir frequently during the cooking time.

Add the Raisins

Adding raisins to the partially cooked fruit.

About halfway through cooking stir in the raisins. I wait to add them in so that they aren’t completely mushy. Again, up to you. If you like yours to turn to mush, add them at the start. I won’t judge :-)

Serve with Granola and Yogurt

Apple Pear Compote over granola in a serving bowl.

Divide the granola among 4 bowls and top each with two tablespoons Greek yogurt and 1/4 of the pear-apple compote. Drizzle the milk or cream around the edges of the bowl. Dust the top with a bit of ground cinnamon if you like. Serve warm.

🔀 Variations and Serving Suggestions


  • Serve the compote warm over a slice of pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • If serving for dessert, add two tablespoons rum or brandy to the compote near the end of cooking.
  • Layer apple-pear compote with vanilla custard.
  • Cook the compote until the fruit has broken down further and serve as a pancake topping.
  • Serve over warm French toast.
  • Substitute golden raisins or currants for the black raisins.
  • Substitute your favorite fruits. Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and cherries all make delicious compotes.
  • Serve as a side dish with chicken or pork.

❓ Questions About Apple Pear Compote


Why is it called “compote”?

The word compote is a French word for mixture. Compote is the culinary term for chunky pieces of fruit that have been stewed in a sugary syrup.

Can I make this in advance?

You can easily make this compote in advance. Store the finished recipe tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat over low heat or in the microwave.

My compote is runny. What can I do?

If your compote is too runny, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in a little water. The cornstarch slurry should be stirred into the hot fruit mixture and cooked for 1 minute.

Lana Stuart.

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A serving of apple-pear compote with yogurt and granola in a decorative bowl.

Apple Pear Compote with Yogurt and Granola

Warm cinnamon spiced pears and apples served with Greek yogurt and granola.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 937kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 large cooking apples peeled and cored
  • 2 pears peeled and cored
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 cups granola
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk or cream

Instructions

  • Cut the apples and pears into similar sized chunks. Place them, along with the sugar, cinnamon, and water, in a heavy bottomed sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 15-20 minutes or until the pears and apples are soft. Stir frequently during the cooking time.
  • About halfway through cooking stir in the raisins.
  • Divide the granola among 4 bowls and top each with two tablespoons Greek yogurt and 1/4 of the pear-apple compote. Drizzle the milk or cream around the edges of the bowl. Serve warm.

Notes

Ingredients —
  • Cooking apples are varieties that hold their shape better when cooked. Examples of cooking apply varieties are Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Winesap, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith.
  • I used red bartlett pears in this recipe, but almost any variety of pear is fine.
  • You can use either white or brown sugar.
  • Choose either dark or golden raisins; or substitute currants if you like.
  • Use your favorite purchased granola from the grocery’s cereal aisle.
  • I enjoy a vanilla flavored Greek yogurt for this recipe but plain is just as good.
Variations and Serving Suggestions —
  • Serve the compote warm over a slice of pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • If serving for dessert, add two tablespoons rum or brandy to the compote near the end of cooking.
  • Layer apple-pear compote with vanilla custard.
  • Cook the compote until the fruit has broken down further and serve as a pancake topping.
  • Serve over warm French toast.
  • Substitute golden raisins or currants for the black raisins.
  • Substitute your favorite fruits. Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and cherries all make delicious competes.
  • Serve as a side dish with chicken or pork.
You can easily make this compote in advance. Store the finished recipe tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat over low heat or in the microwave.
If your compote is too runny, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in a little water. The cornstarch slurry should be stirred into the hot fruit mixture and cooked for 1 minute.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 937kcal | Carbohydrates 167g | Protein 23g | Fat 25g | Saturated Fat 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat 4g | Monounsaturated Fat 8g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 9mg | Sodium 94mg | Potassium 1183mg | Fiber 18g | Sugar 78g | Vitamin A 249IU | Vitamin C 17mg | Calcium 279mg | Iron 7mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is just begging for dried cranberries instead of raisins! They pair perfectly with apples and pears and the pop of color is gorgeous, especially at the holidays.

  2. I love pear .That is looking so healthy and tasty.i will try it .thanks for sharing useful post.

  3. Healthy fresh and delicious this is just the thing to refresh you in the hot summer weather!

  4. Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires says:

    These pear and apple compote with yogurt and granola is so Instagrammable and adorable!! Can I post it on my blog? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Feel free to use a link to my post if you’d like, but you may not use my copyrighted photo.

  5. Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy says:

    Amazing pear apple compote yogurt granola! Will have to try this for my family.

  6. Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky says:

    Absolutely love your creative idea with pear apple compote yogurt granola! Never seen something like this! Definitely i will try to make it too! Thx for sharing!

  7. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) says:

    MMM, this looks like a hug in a bowl! I adore cooked fruit, I so want this right now!

  8. Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    I love all the tastes and textures you have going on here, Lana. Lovely for breakfast…or any time.

  9. Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says:

    YUM. That looks so warm and toasty — perfect for chilly mornings like today.

  10. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    There is nothing more comforting than fresh apples and pears. That warm compote sounds perfect with the yogurt and granola. So perfect for breakfast or dessert :)

  11. Marjory @ Dinner-Mom says:

    I love fall because it sooo easy to enjoy delish recipes like this one! Perfect!

  12. Oh yes pear and apples are the perfect combination. Your recipe sounds great!

  13. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    I would eat this for breakfast lunch dinner and dessert : )

  14. Amanda @The Kitcheneer says:

    Wonderful fall fruits together and I am sucker for anything with oats! Delish!

  15. Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com says:

    Yes this is a bright and fresh change from all the oatmeal recipes seen lately. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      We like it for a change, Melissa. Of course, we still enjoy our oatmeal, too!

  16. Perfect combination of flavors. So fall and so pretty!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Thanks, Melanie. It is just right for a cool Fall morning!

  17. Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom says:

    I never really combine pear and apple, what a great idea!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      They do make a nice combination. The flavors blend very well.

  18. Heather // girlichef says:

    I love anything oats – and I would totally eat this for breakfast AND dessert. Perfect for the season!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I hadn’t thought of it, Heather, but this would be a nice dessert. Maybe swap out the Greek yogurt for frozen yogurt or ice cream.

  19. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says:

    My husband loves pears so he’d love this!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I love pears, too, but rarely use them in cooking. They really add a great flavor to this recipe.