Pear Muffin Recipe

Whether it is for lunchboxes or at a childcare, we want to keep our snacks low in sugar.

How about a muffin with less than a teaspoon of sugar that still tastes good?

I am by no means the sugar police. I love a slice of chocolate mudcake and the odd smoothie chew from the Natural Confectionary Company. But there are many reasons why you would want to reduce your sugar intake, or not allow it to creep up, especially in kiddlywinks.

A few years back the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggested that a child (and adult for that matter) should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day.

To be below 6, we need to be more mindful of how our foods and beverages are made, be that by a food manufacturer or by ourselves.

A note on what added sugar actually is. It is white cane sugar, it is fruit juice concentrate, it is honey, it is even rice malt syrup. It is maple syrup, golden syrup, glucose syrup and even dextrose. Added sugar isn’t just “table sugar”. Sure a good source of honey will be better for you, but it is still added sugar.

The only sugar that is not added are the sugars which are intrinsically bound within a food such as the fructose in whole fruit or the lactose in dairy foods.

As mentioned, I am partial to cake, and when I make cake, I make cake. But for a mid-week morning tea, the cake is best without all the added sugar, especially for our little ones.

Here is a simple recipe for a pear cake. If you have poppets under 2 years of age, don’t add any sugar. If you are using honey, don’t add it for under 12 months, even cooked.

Pear Cake with less than a teaspoon of sugar per serve.

EF, DF (if you use plant based mylks), Veg and Vegan friendly (if you use plant based oils and not honey)

Serves 16 kiddies.

What you need is:

  • 2 cups of flour ( I like to use SR white flour and SR wholemeal flour, ½ ½ )
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 can of blended stewed pears (can also use canned pears in juice (not syrup))
  • 1/2 cup of fat (butter/oil depends on dietary requirements)
  • ¾ cup of milk (choose based on dietary preferences)
  • ¼ cup of honey/sugar/maple syrup


What you do is:

  1. Blitz the pear in the blender and mix it together with all the ingredients in one bowl. Be careful not to over mix it.
  2. Spoon it out into the muffin patty cases and place it in a preheated 180 degree fan forced oven.
  3. Bake for around 15 minutes until they are springing back and lightly browning.

Eat! And enjoy. Or if you like you can freeze the muffins for up to 3 months. I often make a double batch so I have some on hand for lunchboxes.

Children have incredibly sensitive palates and the delicious, vibrant flavour of natural foods, are stimulating enough. By helping our little ones develop a taste for a wide range of foods with natural sweetness, we will be nourishing their love of fresh, whole foods as they grow. This will benefit their health long term.

And if your little one loves pear, maybe try this Mini Pear Crumble, where they can cook along to it too.

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