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Gluten-Free Healthy Pear Muffins

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Quick Facts

Servings: 24
Cook Time: 25 min.
For a tasty gluten-free treat any time of day, these muffins hit the spot.


  • 3 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups superfine brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour)
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed or light olive oil
  • Optional Topping:1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (preferably organic)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Place the pears in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the brown sugar and puree. Add the remaining ingredients (except the toppings) and process to combine, scraping down the bowl of the food processor once. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans.
  • If desired, sprinkle the almonds on top of the batter and sprinkle with a little sugar. (To intensify the flavor of the almonds you can toast them in a dry pan over high heat for a few minutes, just until toasted and fragrant.) Bake for 25 minutes or until the muffins have risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (These muffins don't get too brown.) Let cool in the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 193
  Calories from Fat 70 (36%)
(12%)Total Fat 8g
(5%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
(14%)Cholesterol 41mg
(4%)Sodium 100mg
(4%)Potassium 144mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
(9%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 13g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(6%)Protein 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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