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Orange-Pear Muffins Recipe

These muffins feature pears, which are a great source of vitamin C, and seasonal spices such as cinnamon and allspice. Grated orange peel rounds out the holiday touch in these feel-good treats from Kay Tanberg of Duluth, Minnesota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and chopped

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, whisk the milk, oil, egg, orange peel and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pears, then egg whites.
  • 2. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray; fill three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 muffin equals 172 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.