Pear Walnut Muffins make for a delicious, healthy and nutritious breakfast when all you have time for is to run out the door. It also make a great, filling afternoon snack to get you through until dinner.
Yields: 12 muffins
1 cup Buttermilk
3 tbsp Canola Oil
2 tbsp Egg Whites
⅔ cup Pears, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp Honey
1¼ cups Whole-wheat Pastry Flour
¾ cup All-purpose Flour
3 tbsp Splenda Granular
1½ tsp Baking Powder
1½ tsp Baking Soda
¼ tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Ginger
⅓ cup Walnuts, chopped
Crisp Topping (optional):
1 tbsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
¼ cup Oats
2 tsp Ground Flaxseed
1 tbsp Whole-wheat Pastry Flour
1 tbsp Butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, egg, egg whites, pears, and honey.
In separate bowl, sift together whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, Splenda, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices and walnuts.
Gradually add dry ingredients to liquid mixture; stir just enough to combine ingredients. Do not over mix.
Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pan.
In small bowl, mix together all ingredients for crisp topping. Sprinkle evenly on top of each muffin.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until center of muffin springs back when lightly touched.
Cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.
Tips & Notes
Whole-wheat pastry flour is a finer grind of soft white wheat. When used in quick bread and muffin recipes, it delivers more nutrition and fiber than white flour and yields a lighter texture than whole-wheat flour.
Diabetes increases your risk for developing many other chronic diseases, including heart disease. Your chances worsen if your blood glucose is not in control. Everything you eat contributes to your blood glucose, so choose your foods carefully. Fruit, especially the high-fiber pear, is a good food for diabetics to eat.
According to LiveStrong.com, pears offer a person with diabetes a very healthy snack. They are low in carbohydrates and calories. One medium-size pear contains just 100 calories and only 26 grams of carbohydrates. The key to picking a good snack for diabetics is both calorie and carb control, and pears offer both.
Pears contain the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, and the vitamins C, E, K, folate, beta-carotene, lutein, choline and retinol.
Pears, especially with the skin left on, are considered a high fiber food. One medium pear contains 5 g of fiber. Fiber is a very important part of a healthy diet for a diabetic. Dietary fiber helps reduce cholesterol and control body weight and blood sugar. A meal or snack with fiber slows the absorption of carbs into the bloodstream. This makes for a more sustained and slower rise in blood glucose over a longer period of time, reducing the chance of a spike in blood glucose.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (per muffin with crisp topping)
Saturated Fat: 1g
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