Vegan Oil Free Almond Pear Muffins

Veganopoulous Blog oil free almond pear muffins

I am linking this recipe up with Healthy Vegan Fridays, hosted by Kimmy over at Rock My Vegan Socks.

This is one of those recipes that came about because I was cleaning out the freezer and found stuff that needed to be used: pear sauce I’d made slightly too long ago in the past, just by stewing pears in a little water then pureeing without sweetener, and some almond meal.

When I bake muffiny kinds of snacks for the kids, I prefer to dial the oil way down and often omit it entirely. I’m not a fan of using margarines or the vegan butters in my cooking, instead opting for aquafaba or a pureed fruit.

The problem with this, sometimes, is that the resulting baked goods have Health Food Taste. And often, Health Food Texture. You know what I mean? Of course there’s nothing wrong with ‘health food’ but hhhnnngggghhhh if I was to be making muffins or cakes for guests I wouldn’t be using my oil free variations unless they were specifically requested!

Now, that’s not to say oil free baking sucks across the board. It doesn’t! And I’m pleased to say I was mighty happy with these oil free almond pear muffins. They’re nice and light with a bit of substance and are perfect snacks for my kids who are always hungry.

Veganopoulous Blog oil free almond pear muffins

Making the pear sauce was really easy. Get the overripe pears that you bought with every intention to eat but never did so now they have to be used TODAY. Peel, core and dice them, put them in a pot with a good splash of water, stick a lid on the pot and let them stew over a low to medium heat until softened. Let them cool a bit and puree.

Veganopoulous Blog oil free almond pear muffins

And that’s really it! Of course you can swap flavours around or use apple sauce instead, or whatever fruit puree floats your fruity boat 🙂

Vegan Oil Free Almond Pear Muffins
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An oil free vegan muffin perfect for breakfast or a light snack. Pear sauce is used in place of oil or melted butter making this a healthier alternative if you're watching your oil consumption!
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Vegan Oil Free Almond Pear Muffins
Print Recipe
An oil free vegan muffin perfect for breakfast or a light snack. Pear sauce is used in place of oil or melted butter making this a healthier alternative if you're watching your oil consumption!
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 mini muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: mini muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to a moderate temperature (about 180C).
  2. In a small bowl or mug, combine the ground flaxseed with the 3 tablespoons of water and set aside.
  3. Sift the flour in to a large bowl. Sift in the salt, baking powder, cinnamon. Add the almond meal and coconut sugar, sifting if you have lumps.
  4. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the pear sauce and plant milk. Whisk in the flaxseed mixture so everything is evenly mixed through.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine without overmixing. Spoon in to your muffin containers and top with some oats (or coconut or flaked almonds-- whatever you like).
  6. Bake at 180C (a moderate oven temperature) for approximately 20 minutes. Cool before eating! I used silicon cups and had to wait until they had cooled significantly, otherwise the muffins may split when removing from the cups.
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10 thoughts on “Vegan Oil Free Almond Pear Muffins

  1. 🙂 I’m one of those people that prefers the ‘health food taste/texture’ the more earthy the better, hahaha, If I bring something to a party I just follow a standard recipe and everyone loves it but I find it too rich and bland? Can that even be a thing? Yes.
    These sound great, I’ll swap the spelt for oat flour and give them a whirl!

    • I made a ‘health food taste’ chocolate zucchini cake (or muffins) once and my relatives didn’t like it and it made them think this was ‘vegan cake’ and I was horrified 😛

  2. I know what you mean about the texture and flavour of some oil-free baked goods. I don’t mind it but it does make them harder to share! These sound fantastic and I like the idea of pureed pears in baking. Also, I love your new recipe presentation style!

    • thanks! Yep sometimes the oil free stuff has that kind of texture and flavour where I’m wary of having people think this is what ‘vegan cake’ is like. My friend and I were watching a popular tv show once where we were excited to see a raw food chef showing her stuff, except she chose to show raw sweet potato ‘chips’ and my friend and I were all NOOOOOOOOOO that is not the best choice (we both hate the raw sweet potato thing and feel if you’re gonna showcase raw food, make it something amazing!) But that’s my bias there!

  3. Ah how I love throwing together things that need to be used up yesterday for a creative meal 😉 These sound super delicious. I actually don’t mind healthy tasting muffins, but I love the idea of the pear purée helping to bind things and add sweetness.
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays – I’m featuring your recipes this week =)
    I’m pinning and sharing! Hope to see you again this week!

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