Pear Muffins


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Over the past week I've been perfecting these pear muffins and my kiddos have been having them in their lunchbox almost daily. There have been no complaints from the kids though, so thats a sign that this pear muffin recipe is a winner!

Are these muffins healthy?

Because I am predominately a blogger writing about healthy eating for kids and families I always get asked if I would consider my recipes healthy.

Do I think these are healthy pear muffins? Well they are definitely not a no added sugar muffin. But in my mind that's fine as I don't promote a no sugar lifestyle.

These muffins have one third of a cup of sugar. Which is on the lower side of sugar when it comes to muffin recipes. I use brown sugar in this recipe for no reason other than it being the sugar I found worked most nicely in this recipe.

I also use a 50:50 mix of white flour and wholemeal flour which helps increase the fibre content of the muffins

muffins in a cream muffin tin, chunks of diced pear visible on the top of the muffins
look at the lovely chunks of pears in these muffins

Best Pears to use?

It doesn't matter too much on the variety of pear that you choose. The one thing I would say is it needs to be a soft juicy pear.

If you don't have any fresh ripe pears available then tinned pears work beautifully in this recipe.

A tin of pears next to a measuring cup filled with diced tinned pears
Tinned pears work beautifully in this recipe

Muffin Recipes For Kids

I wouldn't necessarily give these muffins to my youngest kiddo, if you are looking for a no-added sugar muffin for baby-led weaning then I would check out either my baby-led-weaning muffins or my banana blueberry baby muffins both of these are soft muffins and sweetened only with fruit.

My spinach muffins for toddlers and my carrot muffins are also great recipes that have no added sugar.

For my older school-aged kids, I'm happy to have muffin recipes that have a bit more sugar content in them, a favourite of both my kids and my readers are my kid-approved lunchbox spinach muffins, banana bran muffins and pineapple muffins.

My little secret - Silicone muffin trays

When I make muffins that have a high fruit content like these pear muffins, or muffins with chocolate chips I tend to use a silicone muffin tray. It just makes clean up easy and they pop out so easily with no need for greasing or oil sprays.

11 cooked muffins in a 12 cup red silicone muffin tray, tray held on either side by a woman's hands
They just don't look as pretty in the red muffin tray
a cooked muffin after being popped out of the silicone muffin tray being held up above the tray of remaining muffins
Pops out so easy, doesn't stick

My secret is, that for my photos I swap my muffins out of the silicone muffin trays, for no reason other than the coloured silicone trays I have look terrible in photos lol. So you will see the muffins in a cream muffin tray, but I didn't actually bake the muffins in this tray, it's my "for the photos muffin tin"

Top view of muffins in a cream muffin tin, chunks of pear visible in the top of the muffins, a plate of pears sitting on the marble bench top next to the muffin tin
See doesn't that look better!
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top down view of pear muffins in a cream muffin tin

Pear Muffins

Easy healthy and delicious pear muffins. You can use fresh pears or canned pears, both work. The combination of pears and cinnamon is so good
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Course: Muffins
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesr muffins, pear and cinnamon muffins, spiced pear muffins
Servings: 12 Muffins
Calories: 178kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl


4.47 from 504 votes


  • 1 cup plain flour 150 grams
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour 150 grams
  • ½ cup brown sugar 100 grams (packed cup)
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 80 Mililitres oil one third cup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup diced pear


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius
  • Prep a muffin tin, either grease, or line with muffin liners. I use a silicone muffin tray so it is non-stick and doesn't require greasing
  • This is a 2 bowl recipe, so grab one large and one medium mixing bowl
  • Add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl (flours, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar)
  • Use a fork or whisk to combine the dry ingredients
    dry ingredients being combine with a whisk
  • Whisk the wet ingredients In the second bowl (milk, oil, eggs, vanilla)
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix with a wooden spoon to just combine
  • Stir through the diced pear, being careful not to over mix the batter
    muffin batter in a glass mixing bowl diced pear visible in the batter
  • Portion batter into 12 muffin cups
  • Place muffin tray in the hot oven, reduce temperature to 180 degrees and bake for approximately 20 minutes



  • Use a mild flavoured oil or melted butter is fine to
  • Mae sure your pears are soft and ripe, alternatively canned pears work fine too


Serving: 1g | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

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