I’m not much of a pear fan. Last year I made pear sauce for the girls with some pears I got really cheap at Aldi’s. While the girls love pear sauce, I wanted to make something else since I have not had much experience cooking with pears. I thought about trying a savory dish with pears but James vetoed that really quickly. I ended up making muffins because the girls were running low on muffins.
I decided on the spiced pear muffins because the smell of ginger and cinnamon with nutmeg and cloves with a hint of molasses and vanilla just seemed so perfect for a cool winter day.
- 2 cups Gluten free all purpose flour
- 3 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/4 cup packed Truvia brown sugar blend
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP ground ginger
- 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
- 1/2 TBSP nutmeg
- 1/2 TBSP cloves
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3 TBSP molasses
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 2 cups finely chopped pears
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grease or line a muffin pan.
- Peal and chop pears.
- Combine the first 9 dry ingredients in a small bowl.
- In a stand mixer, beat eggs, Greek yogurt, melted coconut oil, and molasses.
- Stir in dry ingredients until moist.
- Fold in pears and almonds.
- Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
- Cool for a 3-4 minutes in pan and then flip out onto wire rack to cool completely.
- Place completely cooled muffins in an airtight container or zip top bag.
- Store on the counter for up to 4 days. This is only a guess as to how long the muffins can be stored on the counter. I usually freeze most of mine and only remove what we need for two days at a time.
- Place muffins on wire rack directly into the freezer.
- Flash freeze for 30 minutes.
- Remove muffins and place into zip top freezer safe bags.
- Store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Thaw on the counter for a couple of hours or microwave for a few seconds to defrost.
I used the Truvia brown sugar blend to add sweetness to the muffins without adding too many calories. The girls really enjoy these muffins, in fact I had a hard time keeping them away from the muffins while they were cooling. 🙂
What’s your favorite way to enjoy pears?
Have a blessed day!
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