These Pear Ginger Muffins are full of chunks of sweet pears, toasted almonds, and sweet and spicy crystallized ginger. The perfect muffin to start the weekend with!
This recipe and photos have been updated from the original post on 10/23/15.
Pears and ginger are such a good flavor combination. I love the sweetness of the pears with the fresh, slightly spicy bite of the ginger. Ginger is a common ingredient in many fall and winter spiced baked goods.
Many pumpkin recipes like these creamy pumpkin pie bars use ginger. Then of course, it’s a key spice in these chewy ginger molasses cookies and gingerbread chocolate chip muffins.
One of my favorite winter muffins to make when pears are in season are these pear ginger muffins. My grandma introduced me to this recipe years ago and since then I’ve made some changes and bumped up the ginger flavor. Not only do these muffins use ground ginger, but chunks of crystalized ginger as well. They’re perfect to make for a weekend breakfast or brunch!
Ingredients Needed to Make Pear Ginger Muffins
- whole wheat pastry flour
- baking powder and baking soda
- ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cardamom
- plain Greek yogurt
- maple syrup
- melted coconut oil or olive oil
- vanilla extract and almond extract
- slivered almonds
- crystallized ginger
- raw (turbinado) sugar (optional)
How to Make Pear Ginger Muffins
This is a basic muffin recipe and you won’t need any special equipment to make them. Start by combining the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, oil and extracts.
Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and fold them together with a rubber spatula. Stir in the diced pears, almonds and crystalized ginger. Divide the batter evenly into a standard 12 cup muffin pan. Sprinkle turbinado sugar on the tops and bake for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Tips For the Best Muffins
- Don’t over mix the muffin batter. Fold it together with a rubber spatula just until you no longer see streaks of flour. Don’t with the wet ingredients into the dry because this will work the gluten in the flour too much and you’ll have a tough, chewy muffin.
- If you use liners I suggest going with parchment paper liners to ensure that the muffins don’t stick to them at all. You can also spray the muffin pan with cooking spray. If you make muffins without liners they will be darker on the edges and slightly shorter in height. I prefer the darker, slightly “crusty” edges.
- Fill the muffin cups 2/3 – 3/4 of the way full. I’ve found that if you fill them all the way to the top you’re more likely to end up with a flat top vs. a dome.
- Use a cookie scoop like this one to scoop out the batter. This will ensure that you have equal amounts in each muffin cup and that they bake evenly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Have to Use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?
No. You can substitute with regular whole wheat, white whole wheat, all purpose or a combination of half whole wheat and half all purpose. If you use regular whole wheat flour, be aware that the muffins will have a denser texture. Whole wheat pastry flour yields lighter baked goods without sacrificing the whole grains.
What is Crystallized Ginger?
Crystallized ginger, sometimes called candied ginger, is pieces of fresh peeled ginger root that have been cooked in a simple syrup, rolled in sugar and then dried. The result is a crisp sweet exterior and a soft and chewy middle.
What Kind of Pears Should I Use?
Anjou or Bosc pears work best for baking. They hold their shape well, are easy to peel and won’t turn to mush in the muffins after they bake.
Do the Muffins Freeze Well?
Yes. If you plan to freeze these muffins I would skip adding turbinado sugar to the tops. It will just get sticky and lose it’s crunch when the muffins are defrosted.
Pear Ginger Muffins
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (optional)
- 1 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup diced pear, peeling is optional
- 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup crystalized ginger, chopped
- Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400° F. and spray a standard muffin pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper muffin cups.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. In a separate bowl whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, oil, vanilla and almond extract. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir together with a rubber spatula just until combined.
- Fold the pear, almonds and crystalized ginger into the muffin batter then divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle the tops with raw sugar then place them on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the muffins cool in the pan for several minutes before removing them onto a wire cooling rack or serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 5g
Wow these look incredibly tasty and I’ve never tried the pear flavour in a muffin either, I’m going to try these out :)
Julia // The Sunday Mode
I hope you enjoy them Julia, the pear and ginger combo is wonderful!
Brittany Koelmel says
This looks SO good! I’m going to bake this Halloween day; thank you so much for the inspiration and giveaway!
Thanks Brittany! Baking on Halloween sounds like a great idea!
Ellen Casper says
The recipe sounds delicious and I bet the house smells wonderful when baking these.
Thanks Ellen, the house smells amazing when these muffins are baking!
The best part a small countertop oven is that it can save you money on energy costs. I hate having to heat up the entire oven to cook one small pan of fish sticks or nuggets.
I couldn’t agree more David!
Your recipes look easy. I’ll try your apple chip recipe. I have been hesitant because of the soggy ones from previous attempts. Thank you
Thanks Linda, I hope you like the apple chips!
First off, those look absolutely delicious. I love the idea of using a countertop oven and not having to turn on the big oven which makes the kitchen hot. I would love to make some mini pizzas in this!
Thanks Starla and mini pizzas would be perfect to make in the oven!
Dee Fedor says
This oven would be SO nice to save money on pre-heating! I CAN find room for it! I have been using a lot more candied ginger since our FIRST Trader Joes opened a few weeks ago! LOVE saving money! These muffins– I can almost taste them
Thanks Dee! It is so nice how quickly the oven pre-heats!
Nutmeg Nanny says
These muffins look beyond delicious. I’m already obsessed with ginger but then you threw in some pears. Also that table top oven looks awesome! I totally entered and I’m crossing both my fingers and toes ;)
Thanks Brandy! I’ll keep my fingers and toes crossed that you win too! ;-)
What lovely fall muffins! I love baking with pears, they deserve more attention.
Thanks Karen, pears definitely need a little more attention!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
The perfect fall inspired muffin.. I have got to try these!
I am definitely trying these muffins…they sound like something my family would really like.
I hope you and your family enjoy them Kristen!
These look delicious. I always drool over Wolf kitchen appliances!
Ha! Me too Lizz! :-)
Bethany @ Athletic Avocado says
Its nice to see a tasty fall muffin recipe that doesn’t have something to do ith pumpkin or apples lol! These look amazing!
Haha! Exactly Bethany and thank you! :-)
Annamarie V says
I use my countertop oven all the time and love it but it’s getting up there in age and I have been looking for a new one. The Wolf countertop oven looks wonderful.
Sounds like the Wolf countertop oven would be the perfect replacement Annamarie! Good luck!
Susan Christy says
What a beautiful oven! I don’t have a double oven so this would be perfect for my holiday baking. And in the summer when it’s too hot to turn on the oven – this would be perfect!
Those were my thoughts exactly Susan!
This recipe sounds incredible. I love the combination of pear and ginger and any baked good with buttermilk has to be delicious!
Thank you Debbie! Buttermilk always makes baked goods a little more delicious!
Lilly Camp (mysweetiepiepie0 says
These muffins look super yummy, I’d love to win this great looking toaster oven!
Thank you and good luck!
Donna Lakin says
Oh what a great looking oven. Just had wonderful 16 year old granddaughter here and
we were sharing the kitchen as she LOVES to cook. Love your columns with such
great recipes…..healthy and easy with interesting ingredients. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Donna! One of my favorite memories is cooking and baking in the kitchen with my grandma! :-)
Erin Ellis says
Good Heavens! Your muffins look fabulous, but that WOLF is to DIE FOR! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com
Thanks Erin! You would love the Wolf oven, it’s gorgeous and so handy!
Alexandra Robertson says
These muffins look delicious and perfect for fall!! My favorite time for baking. I love cooking with coconut sugar too. I would love to win this because I have been wanting one forever and this one is pretty too :)
Thanks Alexandra! The Wolf oven is definitely a pretty one and a good quality one too!
Carla S says
I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love pears. :)
Thanks Carla, I hope you enjoy the muffins!
Lisa@The Runner's Mark says
These look amazing. Love pears and ginger combination. Need to get away from pumpkin flavored everything. Going to make these this weekend!
Thanks Lisa! I agree, there comes a point when there’s just too much pumpkin and you need to change things up. :-)
Your muffins look great, pears are so yummy. I’m a fan of the Bosc variety. I checked out the website and this little oven packs quite the baking punch, very versatile!
Thanks Jeffrey. Bosc pears are awesome! The countertop oven is very versatile, I was really surprised how much it could do, and do well!
Leanne T says
The muffins sound delicious, can’t wait to try the recipe! I love pears in the fall and the combination of pears and ginger are so yummy! That counter top oven would be perfect for when I am cooking for just me and the hubby an it would look good in the kitchen too!
Thank you Leanne! The oven is perfect when you only have 2 people to cook for!
I would love to have a counter top oven! This one sounds fantastic. It would certainly be put to good use here. And first off would be these muffins. Pear and ginger are two of my favorite flavors.
It’s such a great oven Mary! Good luck to you!
carol clark says
o wow how nice it would be to not heat the whole kitchen up in the morning when its summer it looks so lovely i have got to try this muffin recipe love it
Thanks Carol! The oven will be great to use in the summer!
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
What an awesome muffin recipe!
theresa krier says
oh my gosh these muffins look soooooo good, i can almost smell them them through the screen, thanks for an awesome giveaway! have a great weekend
Thanks Theresa! I hope you have a nice weekend as well!
Shirley Sewell says
Awesume looking muffins. Pears are great cooking companions very moist and flavorful. Oven is cute. Will look great anywhere it is placed. Many thanks to those providing this wonderful prize.
Thanks Shirley! You’re right, the pears so add a lot of moisture and flavor to the muffins!
Lisa Brown says
Love the recipe and the oven looks great. Thanks for the chance to win :)
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com
Carlee @cookingwithcarlee says
These muffins look amazing. I never think to bake with pears!
Thanks Carlee! We can’t forget about the underused pears!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Oh wow – when I saw this on FB I had to come by! I adore candied ginger and you used it AND ground ginger AND combined them with pears in these delectable muffins! Fantastic recipe! Thanks so much!
Thanks Shashi! Candied ginger is so good. I loved adding little bits of it to these muffins!
these muffins sound wonderful! and great giveaway….
I love pears but haven’t baked them in muffins before! Love it!
It’s time to give it a try Megan! ;-)
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Pears are one of my favorite parts of the season! My favorite is Bocs (unripe!)
They’re one of my favorite parts of the season too Rebecca! :-)
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
There is something so comforting about baking on a cold, cloudy day. These muffins look great.
Totally comforting baking on cold cloudy days Kristen. Thanks so much!
enough with the apple, folks–i want more pear! these look awesome, and it’s a great giveaway!
Ha! Exactly Grace! :-)
Amy L says
The combination of pear and ginger in these muffins sounds yummy. Thank you for sharing. I would love to try this oven, as it would come in very handy now that I cook for only 2 most of the time.
Thanks Amy! The oven is perfect when you are only cooking for 2, which is normally how I cook.
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
I haven’t had a countertop oven in so long! They definitely make life easier. I wish I had one of these amazing muffins to enjoy for breakfast right now!! I’m a huge fan of fall flavored muffins ;)
Thanks Rachel! I’d never had one until Wolf sent me this one and I have to say, I’m loving it!