Spiced maple pear and oat muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 12
 
These muffins are spicy, delicious - and surprisingly healthy!
Ingredients
  • 150g plain flour
  • 60g wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp bicabonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp pecan nuts, finely chopped
  • 135g rolled oats (NOT instant oats)
  • 2 small ripe forelle pears
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 100g tightly packed brown sugar
  • 85 ml maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower oil (or similar)
  • 1 egg
  • cooking spray (or butter)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Grease the muffin tin or cups with a light coating of cooking spray or butter.
  2. Combine the two types of flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Core and dice the pears into small chunks. Combine the pears, buttermilk, maple syrup, oil, sugar, egg and all but 2 tablespoons of the oats together in a second bowl. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Mix the pecans and reserved oats together to use as a topping for the muffins. Set aside.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together until just mixed. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each cup up to two-thirds full. Sprinkle each muffin with the with the pecan/oat mix and bake 18 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan before cooling on a rack - or do as I did and serve hot with butter and strong coffee!
Recipe by Cooksister | Food, Travel, Photography at http://www.cooksister.com/2012/09/spiced.html