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Orange-Pear Muffins

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.
  • Makes
    1 dozen

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 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and chopped

Directions

  • 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 zest and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pears, then egg whites.
  • Coat muffin cups with cooking spray; fill three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 172 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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