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Pear and Almond Chocolate Muffins

I was talking to family in Hawaii recently, and it was evening for them, morning for me. They were having corn muffins with dinner, so I decided to have corn muffins for breakfast. Somehow though, on the way to go make them, I ended up deciding that they were going to be oatmeal muffins, and then I was going to add pear. Gradually, what with one thing and another, they morphed into something wholly new, adding a bit of this and a bit of that. As they came out really tasty, I thought I'd share. They are almost not sweet at all, and are very good with an added smear of richness from some butter.


1c flour

1/2c oats

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c vegetable oil

3/4c brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 c milk

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/4 c unsweetened bakers cacao

1/4 c ground almonds

Zest of 1 orange

1 large pear, coarsely grated

1) Mix together dry ingredients. Gradually add wet ingredients, mixing well after each addition.

2) Spoon into muffin cups, about 2/3 full. Bake at 180°C for 30-35 minutes.

These were very tasty and made a good breakfast, but... Next time I would increase the oats, maybe decreasing the flour at the same time. I would also up the cinnamon a bit and maybe use Aloha Spiced Cacao to make the flavours pop a little more. I liked that these were minimally sweet, but I might add a small amount more sweetness next time, maybe a tablespoonful or so of honey. Hubby said they were spot on though and didn't need anything.

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