Spiced Pear Pinch Muffins

Saturday 1 June 2019

Spiced Pear Pinch Muffins.  Prepare yourself to fall in love with these beautiful pear muffins.  Perfectly sized to create only a tiny, yet hugely delicious indulgence.

I've been really thinking lately about reducing the amount of refined sugars and fat that we consume.  I heard on the television the other day that people who eat a diet which contains a lot of highly processed foods don't live as long as other people.  Food for thought there. 

I don't think this knowledge is going to make much of an impact on most people. So long as the food industry continues to offer highly processed food at a lower price than good and wholesome foods, I can't see that changing.  

The facts are staring you right in the face when you go into the shops.  It doesn't take a genius to figure it out.

If I had a house full of children, was living on a limited income, and I had the choice between a plastic bag holding a handful of green beans or a paper sack holding half a dozen large sausage rolls for about half the price . . .  the choice is easy.

It would take several bags of the green beans to feed your children and keep them filled.  Or, you could buy a couple bags of the sausage rolls and keep them full and happy at half the cost.  

Good food is expensive.  End of  . . .

Sad but true.  Someone needs to get on board with that fact and make processed foods more expensive and good food cheaper.  

Anyways, I digress . . . I will get off my soap box now.

In my efforts to make a lower sugar muffin, I created these Spiced Pear Pinch Muffins.  

No flour, just oats, making them gluten free.

No refined sugars . . .  just a bit of Maple Syrup . . .

No fat, just a medium banana and 2 tinned pear halves, which also add some fiber and sweetness . . .

There is one egg in the lot, as well as some cinnamon and cardamom  . . .  both ground, along with a bit of salt, baking powder, and baking soda. 

You blitz it all in a blender until smooth and then spoon into mini muffin tins you have sprayed with  some low fat cooking spray.

Eight to ten minutes in the oven is all it takes.  At the end of that time . . .  presto chango!  

Just look at how high they rose!  Lovely! 

And they have a beautiful texture.  I felt good eating one of these  . . .  like a real earth mother.   Healthy, low fat, filled with fibre and no refined sugars. You can't go wrong!

Yield: About 24

Spiced Pear Pinch Muffins

Delicious little bite sized muffins that are gluten and refined sugar free. They are also gorgeously fat free!  I know, amazing!


  • 80g dry old fashioned large flake oatmeal (1 cup)
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 tinned pear halves (in juice), well drained
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 3 TBS pure Maple Syrup (I like the amber Grade)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


How to cook Spiced Pear Pinch Muffins

  1. Preheat your oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Spray a mini non-stick muffin tin with some low fat cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Measure the oats, banana, pear halves, egg, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a blender.  Blend on low for 20 seconds or so.  Scrape down the sides and then blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until all of the oats are completely ground, and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Spoon into the mini muffin tin, filling each hole 2/3 full.  Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.   Tip out onto a wire rack.  Serve warm or cold.  Store any leftovers in a tightly covered container.
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They really are good. If you are not fond of cardamom just use 2 tsp of ground cinnamon.  

I think any mother would feel good about feeding these to her children, don't you??

Can you imagine opening the door of your little cottage in the morning and seeing that someone had dropped amazingly huge muffins into your front garden during the night?  I know!  Talk about manna from Heaven! 

Spiced Pear Pinch Muffins 

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  1. I think that food was healthy, delicious,and suitable for diet menu. Ok, I follow your blog now. Thx

  2. They look great Marie..love the teapot:)

    1. Thanks Monique. Another charity shop find. Cheap, cheap. xoxo

  3. I like the sound of these Marie but then, I adore pears in all guises, from raw (catch them ripe if you can) to baked or even canned.

    I feel so sad that this country has failed so many people, that processed food is cheaper than fresh, that I cannot personally help! Have you read Jack Monroe? She writes so sensibly on this subject and her latest book is to be commended. I have added a link to her, feel free to delete it if you wish.


    1. I am like you Toffeeapple. Pears sing the song of my heart, fresh or tinned, etc. We even have our own tree! I have read jack. She does write sensibly on this subject! xoxo

  4. Hi Marie, I'm not really a fan of maple syrup, could I substitute with some honey?
    I love all your muffin recipes, especially your bran ones:)

    1. I can't see why not Faye! Let me know how you get on and thanks! xoxo

  5. Hi Marie, what size tins of pears? These sound good as I now have to watch what I eat. Thanks so much. xx

    1. You only need two pear halves so just buy the smallest tin. Hope this helps and that you enjoy these muffins! xoxo


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