Pear and Maple Muffins

We are spending the day inside watching the nor’easter outside our window and a cold, snowy day begs for homemade muffins. This recipe started as an apple cinnamon muffin then transformed into a pear and maple version.  Pears and I have been having a moment.

pear and maple muffins

And this muffin is healthy! Whole wheat flour instead of white flour. Canola oil is replaced with a combination of apple sauce and coconut oil. And this recipe gets its sweetness from the pear and maple syrup – no refined sugar! A delicious muffin that you can feel good about?! Sign me up!

pear and maple muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds
3 eggs
2/3 cup pure maple
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated pears, about two medium pears

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and prep a muffin tin with liners.

Begin by combining all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. In a second bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients except the pear. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, lightly stir until just combined. Fold in grated pear.

Spoon batter into muffin cups until 3/4 full.

pear and maple muffins

Begin baking the muffins at 425 degrees for the first 5 minutes before dropping the temperature to 350 degrees and baking for another 18 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

pear and maple muffins

 

Enjoy!

Apple Cheddar Frittata

My husband and I usually make frittata for dinner a few times a month. Mostly because its a simple, healthy recipe that can be easily adapted for whatever we have on hand. And I know the apple sounds crazy – but trust me on this one. It adds a slight sweetness that is amazing with the eggs and cheese. Trust me.

Frittata

Ingredients:
1 small potato, sliced
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup cubed apple *I used a Fuji
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 whole eggs
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Whisk together the eggs, cheese, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Set aside. 

Prep a 10-inch skillet with cooking spray. Begin by quickly cooking potato, apple and broccoli on medium heat until just soft. About 10 minutes.

Pour egg mixture into skillet being sure all ingredients are covered with egg. Reduce the heat and cook until the edges begin to set, for about five minutes. Do not stir!

Frittata Edges

Place the entire skillet into the oven, baking for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the frittata is completely cooked through. This recipe takes slightly longer than other frittatas – I think the apple adds more moisture. Be patient!

Frittata

Enjoy!