With my first post of the season, I would like to officially welcome everyone to fall! I feel like I should have said that back in August, since that is when all of the Halloween and fall merchandise hit the stores. For those who live in areas where the temperatures drop in early September, I suppose it’s not a big deal to have fall flavors pop up early. Here in the sunshine state, however, it still feels too much like summer, even into mid-October.
Thankfully, temperatures have finally gotten a little cooler lately, especially at night, helping boost those fall vibes. Even on the warmest days, I still couldn’t resist switching my protein coffee into fall mode the moment the pumpkin spice almond milk hit the shelves. Slowly but surely, the spirit of fall is sinking in, thus my transition into fall mode with my sweets.
This is my first fall-inspired sweet of the season. I know it does not use either of the traditional fall favorites, apples and pumpkins, but I did still choose a fall harvested fruit, the pear. I’m not big on eating pears raw because of my issue with their texture, but I love baking them into food for their flavor. These muffins showcase the pear flavor perfectly and when paired with dark chocolate chips….need I say more? Even better, these muffins are gluten-free and only cost 155 calories, making them a great on-the-go breakfast or healthy snack when a sweets craving strikes. I urge you to give them a try, especially when you begin to grow tired of everything pumpkin and apple this season!
Gluten-free Pear-Chocolate Chip Muffins
(Yield: 16 Muffins)
- 3 cups Old-fashioned Rolled Oats; divided
- 2 ¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon; divided
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ tsp. Baking Soda
- ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 large Egg
- 1 ¼ cups Whole Buttermilk
- 5 tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 ½ tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 Pears; finely chopped
- 5 tbsp. Dark Chocolate Chips (70% or higher)
- ¼ cup chopped Pecans; unsalted
- 2 tsp. Sucanat
- Preheat oven to 375°. Line two standard size muffin tins with paper liners (16 total). Fill remaining empty cups with 2 tbsp. water to prevent the tin from warping. Set aside.
- In a blender, pulverize 2½ cups oats into a fine flour. Transfer oat flour to a large bowl and add remaining ½ cup oats, 2 tsp. cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg. Add in the buttermilk, maple syrup, and oil. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Fold in pears, chocolate chips, and pecans. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each liner three-quarters full. Set aside.
- In another small bowl, toss together Sucanat and the remaining ¼ tsp. cinnamon. Sprinkle 1/8 tsp. Sucanat mixture over batter in each liner. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for 3 days or freeze and defrost when needed.
Nutrients Per Serving: 1 Muffin
Calories: 155, Protein: 4 g.,
Total Fat: 6 g., Sat. Fat: 2 g.,
Fiber: 3 g., Sodium: 130 mg.,
Sugars: 9 g., Carbs: 22 g.,
Cholesterol: 14 mg