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Gluten-Free Pear Muffins

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If a food processor is not available, blend pears with brown sugar and wet ingredients in a blender and then add to dry ingredients. The optional almond topping adds a nice crunch to these muffins. Extra muffins freeze well. This recipe was developed by Carol Kicinski, blogger at Simply Gluten-Free.
  • 3 ripe USA Pears, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups superfine brown rice flour
  • ½ cup potato starch (not potato flour)
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ cup grapeseed or light olive oil
  • Optional Topping:
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (preferably organic)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper liners.

Place the pears in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the brown sugar and puree. Add the remaining ingredients (except the toppings) and process to combine, scraping down the bowl of the food processor once. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans.

If desired, sprinkle the almonds on top of the batter and sprinkle with a little sugar. (To intensify the flavor of the almonds, you can toast them in a dry pan over high heat for a few minutes, just until toasted and fragrant.) Bake for 25 minutes or until the muffins have risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (These muffins don’t get too brown.) Let cool in the pan.


  • Serving Size: 1 Muffin
  • Calories: 170
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 3g

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