These paleo ginger pear muffins are a light, healthy snack to enjoy with a hot cup of tea or your morning coffee. They are the cutest mini muffins, only sweetened with pears and perfect for kids and toddlers. This pear muffin recipe is paleo, vegan and gluten free.
Pears are such an underrated fall fruit. Pumpkin, squash and apples seem to get all the exposure when it comes to fall baking. But let me tell you - pears need to be part of the spotlight too!
These healthy pear muffins are only sweetened with fresh, ripe pears. In addition, they are flavored with simple spices such as ground ginger, cinnamon and salt. These vegan pear muffins are oil free, but still soft, moist and full of flavor.
Here's what you need to know about this easy pear muffins recipe:
- paleo & vegan
- grain free & gluten free
- dairy free
- egg free
- no added sugar: only sweetened with ripe pears
- oil free: recipe uses tahini
- perfectly spiced: flavored with cinnamon, ginger, salt and vanilla
- great for toddlers
This mini pear muffin recipe is easy to make and perfect for little ones. My kids enjoy them, especially when topped with nut butter or honey.
Best Pears For Making Muffins
There are many pear varieties, but I have a few favorites for making muffins with. These particular muffins are made with Bartlett Pears. Which, is my top choice because they are soft and juicy when ripe and extra sweet. Therefore, mash easily and are sweet enough to flavor these muffins without any added sugar or sweetener.
However, a few other pear varieties would work well in this recipe. Such as: Anjou pears (both green and red), Comice, and Starkrimson. The most important factors when choosing pears for this recipe are that they soft and sweet when ripe.
Ingredients in Pear & Ginger Muffins
These gluten free, Vegan muffins contain 8 simple ingredients:
- fresh, ripe pears
- vanilla extract
- Paleo Baking Flour: or use a combination of almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour
- baking powder
- ground ginger
Although many pear varieties will work, my number one recommendation is Bartlett Pears. Make sure to use ones that are fresh and ripe (extra ripe works too). The pears are not only used to flavor these mini muffins, but also act as a sweetener. For extra sweetness, add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
Since these pear muffins don't contain any oil, tahini is a must! Or, any nut/seed butter. Personally, I love the taste of the tahini with the pear, ginger and cinnamon. But this ingredient can be replace with any nut or seed butter.
Paleo Baking Flour
The grain-free flour used in this recipe is Paleo Baking Flour. Any gluten free baking mix should work. But, my recommendation for substituting the Paleo baking flour is: ½ cup blanched almond flour + 4 Tbsp tapioca flour + 2 Tbsp coconut flour. I have found this mix of ingredients to bake the same as if I was using Paleo Baking Flour.
How to Make Pear Muffins
I use a food processor to make these muffins, however, a high powered blender will work instead. Another option is to mash the pear with a fork and mix the batter in one bowl. Just note, the batter won't turn out quite as smooth. Here's how to make these ginger pear muffins:
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Wash the pears, remove the core and chop into bite-sized pieces. There is no need to remove the skin. Add the chopped pears to the food processor and blend until they have the texture of baby food.
Next, add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth.
Pour the batter into a mini muffin pan. I used a silicone muffin pan. If using a stainless steel or non-stick pan then be sure to line it with silicone muffin liners or paper cups.
Next, place the muffins in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. After baking, remove the muffins from the pan and cool on a cooling rack to room temperature.
These muffins are best stored in the fridge, but also last well stored in the freezer. Place them in a sealed container or baggie, for up to one week in the fridge or one month in the freezer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can these muffin be made regular sized?
I recommend keeping these muffins mini. However, if you decide to make "normal" sized muffins the baking time will increase quite a bit.
What is the best substitute for tahini?
The best substitute for tahini would be another drippy nut butter, like cashew butter.
Can I make these nut free pear muffins?
Yes! Make these nut free by substituting the almond flour for tigernut flour.
More Mini Paleo Vegan Muffin Recipes
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Mini Paleo and Vegan muffins sweetened with fresh, ripe pears and flavored with ginger and cinnamon.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash pears, remove core and chop.
- Place chopped pears in food processor and blend.
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend, stopping to scrape the sides every so often.
- Scoop batter into a mini muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack to room temperature.
- Best stored in fridge up to one week.
*May substitute Paleo Baking Flour with: ½ cup blanched almond flour (50g) + 4 Tbsp tapioca flour (28g) + 2 Tbsp coconut flour (16g) For a nut free version, use tigernut flour in place of the almond flour
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