Pear and honey muffins, naturally sweetened

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat

It’s pear season! Pears are at their sweetest now, and are perfect for baking.
 
These simple pear and honey muffins are made with wholewheat flour, mild spices and naturally sweet honey. Free from refined sugars, they’re a wholesome and tasty Autumn treat as well as a great way to make muffins healthier.

 

Summary

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Ages: Toddlers to Teens
Makes: 12 muffins

Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treatHow to make pear and honey muffins?

To make pear and honey muffins you can use the classic method of first combining the wet ingredients, then combining the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mixing the two together to make your batter.

In this recipe we have replaced the refined sugar entirely with honey so that the muffins are naturally sweetened.

When baking with honey, one thing to be careful of is the oven temperature. Honey burns at a much lower temperature than sugar. This means that if you set the oven to the usual temperature for baking, the muffin tops can end up browning too quickly, while the insides stay uncooked.

We’ve therefore set the oven to a lower temperature 160°C (320°F) so that it all bakes uniformly.

With the ingredients for these muffins we’ve combined the sweetness of the pears with some very mild spices and orange juice. That way they’re packed full of Autumn flavours!

Pear and honey muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe pears, peeled and diced (180 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (½ orange)

Wet ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (4 ounces or 113 grams), melted
  • ¾ cup honey (180 mls)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4½ tablespoons Greek yogurt (70 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (or 1 vanilla bean with the seeds scooped out)

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120 grams)
  • ½ cup wholewheat flour (60 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping:

  • turbinado sugar, sprinkled for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F) and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  2. Peel and finely chop your two pears. You should have about 180 grams of pear pieces.
  3. Take half an orange and squeeze out 2 tablespoons of orange juice over the pears. Set them aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl whisk together your melted butter and honey until it’s dissolved.
  5. Add in your eggs and whisk again. Finally add in the yogurt and vanilla essence. Your wet ingredients are ready.
  6. In a separate bowl measure out your dry ingredients. Mix your plain flour, wholewheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices – ground nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
  7. Finally mix the dry and wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Then pour in the chopped pear slices with orange juice and mix until they’re evenly distributed in the batter.
  8. Spoon the mixture into each of your cupcake liners until level with the top.
  9. Sprinkle on some turbinado sugar.
  10. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and set out to cool on a wire rack.

Pear and honey muffins – your step-by-step guide:

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Chop your pears

Peel and chop your pears into small pieces.

Place in a bowl and cover with 2 tablespoons of your freshly squeezed orange juice.

Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F) and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Mix the honey, butter and eggs

Start by whisking together the honey and melted butter until the honey is dissolved.

Add in the two eggs and beat until combined.

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Add in the yogurt and vanilla essence

Complete your wet ingredients by adding in the natural yogurt and vanilla essence. Stir until combined.

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Prepare your dry ingredients

In a separate bowl place the plain flour, wholewheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Stir to combine.

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Mix it all together to make your batter

Combine the bowl of wet ingredients, with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Then pour in the chopped pear pieces covered in orange juice and gently stir until they’re evenly distributed.

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Spoon the batter into your muffin cups

Carefully spoon the batter into a pre-lined muffin tray until level with the top.

Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar.

 

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Bake for 20 minutes

Bake on the middle shelf of a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

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Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat
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Sprinkle again

If you would like you can sprinkle on a little more turbinado sugar at the end. Set them out on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

These muffins are best enjoyed warm!

Enjoy your healthy pear and honey muffins as a warming snack

Pear and Honey Muffins

 

Pear and honey muffins made with wholewheat flour and mild spices for a delicious autumn treat

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Pear and honey muffins

These simple pear and honey muffins are made with wholewheat flour, mild spices and naturally sweet honey. Free from refined sugars, they’re a wholesome and tasty Autumn treat as well as a great way to make muffins healthier.
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Keyword healthy muffins, pear and honey muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Author Mas & Pas

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe pears peeled and diced (180 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (½ orange)

Wet ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (4 ounces or 113 grams), melted
  • ¾ cup honey (180 mls)
  • 2 large eggs
  • tablespoons Greek or natural yogurt (70 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (or 1 vanilla bean with the seeds scooped out)

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120 grams)
  • ½ cup wholewheat flour (60 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping

  • turbinado sugar sprinkled for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F) and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  • Peel and finely chop your two pears. You should have about 180 grams of pear pieces.
  • Take half an orange and squeeze out 2 tablespoons of orange juice over the pears. Set them aside.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together your melted butter and honey until it’s dissolved.
  • Add in your eggs and whisk again. Finally add in the yogurt and vanilla essence. Your wet ingredients are ready.
  • In a separate bowl measure out your dry ingredients. Mix your plain flour, wholewheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices – ground nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Finally mix the dry and wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Then pour in the chopped pear slices with orange juice and mix until they’re evenly distributed in the batter.
  • Spoon the mixture into each of your cupcake liners until level with the top.
  • Sprinkle on some turbinado sugar.
  • Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and set out to cool on a wire rack.