pear granola muffins
15 November 2008, 11:06 am
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Last weekend, our friends (and neighbors, hooray!) Nate and Jackie delivered a box of pears imported from her parent’s farm in NoCal.  Armed with an abundance of fruit, the search for yummy pear recipes began. These were really delicious: chewy, moist, and not too sweet. Perfect for our Top Chef premiere get together (except that we were all full from dinner)!


  • 3/4 cup pear nectar (I substituted cider)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low-fat granola (I substituted oats)
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped unpeeled pear (about 1 medium)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups with foil muffin papers.
  • Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Stir both flours and sugar in medium bowl until no sugar lumps remain. Mix in granola, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
  • Add pear; toss to coat. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture just to blend (batter will be thick). Divide among prepared muffin cups, mounding in center.  (I saved a few pear chunks for the tops, then sprinkled with oats and brown sugar.)
  • Bake muffins until golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer muffins to rack and cool.  Makes 10-12 muffins.
  • Enjoy!


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Nice idea. I love pears!

Here’s a recipe that I developed for a granola with dried pears. I haven’t figured out how to dry fresh pears yet though.

Comment by Michael Beyer

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