These moist and fluffy Pear Ginger Honey Muffins are lightly sweetened only with raw unfiltered honey, making them a great option for a non-sugar coma inducing holiday baked good. Enjoy them as a snack or a yummy make-ahead breakfast! Thank you to Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered honey for sponsoring this post.
I hope you’re not done with your holiday baking yet, because Christmas is coming up in only a few days and these muffins would be really delicious with coffee on Christmas morning! I mean, is there anything that smells more festive than ginger and cinnamon?! These make your house smell amazing while they’re baking and would make the present opening especially merry – or simply make them ahead of time and light a festive candle – I won’t tell. 😉
The secret to keeping these muffins moist and sweet without needing any refined sugar is Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered honey! Their honey is strained and not filtered, meaning the natural pollen remains in the honey (and adds nutritional value). Their honey is 100% pure, minimally processed, all-natural, U.S. Grade A honey from their co-op of over 290 beekeepers across the U.S. The brand has been around since the early 70’s, but they recently changed their packaging in case you were wondering. 🙂
Their raw & unfiltered honey is available in two varieties, clover and wildflower. I used the wildflower here, but feel free to mix it up – each has their own flavor notes, but boast the same benefits, like antioxidants. Either way, the flavorful honey flavor pairs perfectly with the ginger and pear in these muffins – one of my favorite flavor combinations!
These muffins are also made with 100% whole wheat pastry flour (you can sub white whole wheat flour instead, but don’t use regular whole wheat flour – it will make them too dense), ground flaxseed, Greek yogurt and lots of fresh pears. The result is a healthy, filling breakfast (or snack!) that doesn’t sacrifice taste or texture.
Like most of my recipes, this one is super easy to put together. Just mix together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then mix them together and fold in the diced pears.
I normally love topping my muffins with raw oats before baking (just to make them pretty!), but this time I opted for spicy-sweet crystallized ginger. The crystallized ginger on top (along with the ground ginger in the batter) adds a nice kick to balance out the sweet pears and honey.
Here’s the full recipe!
What’s your favorite way to use honey when cooking or baking? It can be substituted for sugar in most recipes – and of course is also excellent in tea for soothing a sore throat. 🙂