These Muffins are Loaded with Fresh, Seasonal Fruit, and Made with Healthy Whole Grains!  Low in Fat and High in Protein, with a Warmly Spiced, Crunchy Sweet Streusel Topping.

Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel | Baking a Moment

Guys, I am so sick.

Again.

It’s been a tough winter around here.  I hate to complain, but something has seriously put a hurtin’ on me here.  My voice is gone, and I’ve got a painful cough and a sniffly nose, but what’s really got me down is the joint pain.  Aaaargh!  My wrists, fingers, and back!  I just wanna go hide under some blankets.

The bad news is, I have a chatty four year old to look after, so no blankies for mommy.  :o(  Also, it’s a post day.  Luckily I had these Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins in my back pocket, for just such an occasion.  I wrote this a few weeks ago, to contribute to Or So She Says!

So here we are.  It’s January.  Ugh.  Tough month.  Tough month for a desserts blogger, especially.  So many of us have over-indulged in the previous months, and we’ve resolved to do better in the new year.  We are not interested in anything heavy or buttery, we just want something nourishing and soul-satisfying, that will power us through our new, or renewed, fitness routines.

Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel | Baking a Moment

These muffins are all that and more.  They’re also loaded with fresh, seasonal fruit.  And they’re so quick and simple to prepare.  Also, they are increeeeedibly delicious.  I mean, you cannot even believe there is so little refined sugar, and no butter or oil (!) in these bad boys.  They are so fluffy and moist, and that spicy ginger oat streusel topping is like the crunchy-sweet icing on the cake!  (Ps-there’s a leeeetle bit of butter in the streusel.)

If you are familiar with the muffin-making process, then you already know that it’s as simple as mixing the wet ingredients into the dry and baking it up in your muffin tin.  But this recipe has a couple of healthy twists.

First, a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flours provide a nutty texture, and enrich these muffins with healthy whole grain and omega-3’s.

Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel | Baking a Moment

The butter and oil are replaced with a combination of greek yogurt and pear puree.  Maybe you’ve tried subbing in applesauce for oil before?  This is the same basic idea, only the pear puree emphasizes the sweet, seasonal pear flavor.  I just used about 1 1/2 packs of strained pears.  Yes, I’m talking baby food, friends.  It’s such a great shortcut ingredient, and so readily available.  That being said, applesauce would make a great substitution if you don’t feel like making a run to the store 😉

Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel | Baking a Moment

Pomegranate seeds stud these muffins with the most satisfying crunch, and a tart, berry-like flavor.  They are loaded with anti-oxidants, and the color is just so gorgeous!  Fresh pomegranates are in season during these winter months, and if you don’t quite know how to de-seed one, check out this awesome tutorial; it works like a charm.  I’ve also seen little tubs of pomegranate seeds (aka arils) in the produce section of my regular grocery store.  That’s a really great timesaver!

Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel | Baking a Moment

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Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel

These Muffins are Loaded with Fresh, Seasonal Fruit, and Made with Healthy Whole Grains! Low in Fat and High in Protein, with a Warmly Spiced, Crunchy Sweet Streusel Topping.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used lowfat)
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 1/3 cup pear puree
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 fresh Anjou pear, peeled, cored, and diced
  • arils from 1 fresh pomegranate (about 1 cup)

Instructions

  1. Make the Streusel

    1. Place all the Streusel ingredients in a small bowl and stir together with a fork. Set a side.

    Make the Muffins

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners or non-stick spray.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.
    3. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the milk, yogurt, pear puree, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla.
    4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir just until barely combined. Mixture should be very lumpy.
    5. Fold in the diced pear and pomegranate arils, and place ⅓ cup of batter in each well of the prepared muffin pan.
    6. Top each muffin with a pinch of streusel.
    7. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees F, then turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 2343kcal Calories from fat 418
% Daily Value
Total Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 449mg150%
Sodium 2671mg111%
Carbohydrate 427g142%
Dietary Fiber 39g156%
Sugars 162g
Protein 68g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel | Baking a MomentI just know you and your family are going to love these pomegranate pear muffins!  Doesn’t it feel so good to be able to offer your loved ones a healthy, homemade breakfast?  And this one is just bursting with seasonal fruit and warm spice.

Skinny Pomegranate Pear Muffins with Ginger Oat Streusel | Baking a Moment

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