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Spiced Pear Muffins with Nut Topping

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  • Author: lindsay cotter
  • Total Time: 35 -40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


Ginger Spiced Pear Muffins with a sweet nutty topping! Grain free, paleo option.


Units Scale
  • 3 small Seckel Pears or 2 Anjou Pears – stems removed (these are smaller pears)
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon (extra for sprinkling walnuts)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger or 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup natural Ginger-ale, ginger kombucha, or club soda (see notes for more options)
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup honey, plus an extra for topping
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch or tapioca starch
  • Optional add in – 1/4 cup nuts or seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or melted naturally refined coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Toppings – 1/3 cup candied walnuts or walnuts halves mixed in additional honey and pinch of cinnamon (see notes for other options)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tray with liners or spray with oil.
  2. Next, slice the stem off of the pears and proceed to dice into smaller pieces. Place in medium bowl and then mix in the spices, ginger ale and honey.  Let that soak.
  3. In another bowl, sift the flours and starches together. Mix in the baking powder and salt.
  4. Whisk together the eggs until fluffy then gradually fold into the dry flours mix. Mix in the melted butter.
  5. Gently pour the pear and ginger mixture into the egg/flour batter bowl. Mix gently until batter is thoroughly blended.
  6. Pour batter into oiled muffins cups, set aside.
  7. If you have candied walnuts already prepared, go ahead and crush them in a small bag then sprinkle on top of each muffin. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon. If you don’t have candied walnuts, simply crush your walnuts in small bag, pour into a bowl, then mix the walnuts with a pinch of cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon or more of honey. Scoop these on top of the muffins before baking.
  8. Place muffins in oven on center rack and bake for 22-25 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool 10 minutes before removing from pan .
  9. Optional –> for more sweetness – 1/3 cup baking stevia or 3-4 Tablespoons  more honey or maple syrup


  • Ginger ale substitutes- sparkling water, Zevia gingerale, a ginger Kombucha, etc.
  • How to check for ripeness in Pears – check for ripeness at the thinner stem end — it should yield to soft pressure.
  • No nutty topping? No prob! You can use granola or any other nut of choice. Or omit all together!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: breakfast/snack
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: breakfast/snack


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 11.3 g
  • Sodium: 25.5 mg
  • Fat: 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.5 g
  • Fiber: 4.6 g
  • Protein: 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 58.9 mg