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Pear Bran Muffins | Magnolia Days

Pear Bran Muffins

Start your day with these delicious and healthy pear bran muffins filled with pears, spices, and topped with orange zest.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 muffins
Author Renee


For the topping:

  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

For the muffins:

  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 medium pear peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces


For the topping:

  1. Stir together turbinado sugar and orange zest in a small bowl.

For the muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with 10 paper liners (leaving 2 muffin cups empty).
  2. Whisk together wheat bran, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together buttermilk, applesauce, oil, and egg in a medium bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined and dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pear pieces.
  5. Divide batter among the 10 lined muffin cups. Sprinkle orange-sugar topping on top of each muffin.
  6. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool muffins in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer muffins to a wire rack and cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Start your day in a delicious and healthy way with these Pear Bran Muffins. They are filled with pears, spices, and topped with orange zest.