Cinnamon-Ginger Spiced Pear Muffins


These perfectly spiced muffins are diabetic-friendly.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
18 servings


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • cup packed brown sugar (see Tips)

  • cup canola oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 2 medium pears

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat eighteen 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine the next eight ingredients (through nutmeg). Make a well in center of mixture.

  2. In a small bowl combine the next five ingredients (through vanilla). Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.

  3. Peel pears. Cut 18 thin pear slices and brush with lemon juice. Chop all of the remaining pear and fold into batter. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Top with pear slices.

  4. Bake on separate oven racks 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean, switching positions of pans halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cups; cool on wire racks. Dust with powdered sugar.


Tips: If using a sugar substitute, choose Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use 2/3 cup equivalent. Nutrition per serving with substitute, same as below except: 114 calories, 15 g carbohydrates, 6 g sugars

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

127 Calories
5g Fat
20g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Serving Size 1 muffin
Calories 127
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Added Sugars 8g 16%
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Vitamin A 21IU 0%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 25mcg 6%
Sodium 129mg 6%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 9mg 2%
Potassium 58mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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