Harvest Spice Muffins (Apple-Pear Spice Muffins)

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by A Messy Cook

With an abundance of quickly ripening pears on the counter, and with a crowd of hungry little people to feed, I came up with these tender, lightly sweet, and surprisingly healthy muffins! They passed the Picky Sibling Test with flying colors. I modified a basic apple muffin recipe from a Pennyslvania bed and breakfast, making changes to make the muffins healthier and more unique. I hope you like them too! I used a mixture of apples and pears (two small Bartlett pears and one very small Pink Lady apple), but you could use just apples if that's all you have available. I also used white whole wheat flour (ground from white wheat), which is lighter than regular whole wheat (ground from red wheat). It has the exact same nutritional value but is not as strong-flavored or "heavy," so try it if you can find it!

Top Review by louisem76

Really great basic recipe. I never follow recipes exactly. I made a double batch and subbed apple sauce for the oil, 2 cups of oatmeal for 2 cups of the flour and used half splenda and half brown sugar splenda. Also used regular whole wheat flour and added a bit of gluten to help it rise. The end result was some of the best muffins I've tasted in ages. Really moist and amazing. The ratios from this recipe are perfect to "steal" and turn it into your own.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, and oil until completely blended.
  2. Stir in diced fruit.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in separate bowl.
  4. Add dry to wet ingredients and stir just until blended.
  5. Let batter sit for 15-20 minutes: this is optional, but I think it makes the muffins rise higher. (You could also let the batter sit after you divide it into the muffin cups, instead of before.).
  6. Divide batter between 20 greased muffin cups and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown on top.
  7. Serve warm with a drizzle of honey!

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