Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Easy Pear Muffins, gluten-free #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber

Who are we kidding? You are (I am) too busy to go to the grocery store today. You've got (I've got) too much to do. You're probably hungry. (Yes, I am!)

Here's a recipe that might be perfect for you if you're in dire need of a goodie and you have some pears or apples on hand.

I remembered a recipe Cleo shared a while back when peaches were in season...

Cleo's pretty muffins!

...and thought, pears or apples! 


So riffing from Cleo's recipe and making this one gluten-free, here is a simple muffin, perfect for any morning or afternoon pick me up!

Speaking of afternoons, I have been so busy getting ready for the release of GIRL ON THE RUN, my new suspense. I am self-publishing this, and I've got to tell you, the whole process is so much more complicated than I ever knew. I'm excited that I'm doing it. I'm learning so much. I have a great street team that is helping me get the word out. I've written an article about the process with step-by-step instructions, because I kept a journal. It will be helpful for any of you who are aspiring authors or aspiring self-publishing authors. I'm going to post that in my Savor the Mystery fan club section of my website.

Do you know about my fan club? It's on my website HERE! Take a peek. There are fun puzzles, special pictures, tidbits, and giveaways. Perfect for any time of the year.

Just like these muffins!




1 cup diced ripe pear, skinned (1 large) (use an apple, if you don't have pears
1 egg
½ cup low fat milk (I used 2%)
2 tablespoons canola oil
5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (make sure gluten-free or use vanillin)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup gluten-free flour (I used artisan blend by Pamela’s; can use King Arthurs’, etc.)

Finishing sugar (like raw sugar)


Peel and dice pears.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 6 muffin cups with paper holders and coat with non-stick spray (gluten-free).

In one bowl, crack egg. Beat. Add mik, oil, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until blended. Add cinnamon. Whisk. Now add baking powder and xanthan gum. Whisk well.

Using a spoon or spatula, mix in the gluten-free flour until completely mixed in. (With gluten-free flour, there’s no worry about overmixing). Fold in the diced pears.

This makes 6 muffins. Divide the mixture up evenly among the muffin cups. Dash each muffin with raw sugar.

Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the muffins frm the pan and set on a wire rack to cool.

[*Note: Cleo's recipe uses white sugar, so these muffins will be “darker” than Cleo’s muffins because of the brown sugar!]

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  1. Love this pear muffin recipe - yum! And I'm super excited for the release of your latest book.

    1. Thanks, Liz. Me, too! Glad you like the recipe. ~ Daryl

  2. I would like one of these right now for breakfast, please!

    1. Guess what. I just made the same recipe with blueberries! So good! It's obvious the mixture is just right -add fruit. :)

      ~ Daryl

  3. Authors. We're always revising. (These look great -- hand me one through the screen, would you please?)

  4. Hurray! The comment gremlins are finally letting me post.Picture perfect!

    Picture perfect.

    I noticed my new shampoo makes a point of stating that it is gluten free. Are they worried that we might drink it? Or can gluten sensitive people react to contact?

    1. Gluten-free people are sensitive to skin care products that have wheat and even oatmeal in it, if oatmeal is processed in a wheat facility. And sometimes "alcohol". It's amazing how my skin cleared up (my hair specifically) when I got off gluten. My mouth, too. I had 10 canker sores every month until I was gluten-free. Now canker sore free. Yay!


  5. Yum! If I want to substitute regular flour I can do so and eliminate the xantham gum, is this correct? I'm finishing off an Irish soda bread, but I think I'm making fruity muffins next - thanks, Daryl! :-)

    1. Absolutely correct. You can go view Cleo's recipe if you want to make sure! Enjoy! ~ Daryl

  6. Girl on the Run was very good and I definitely recommend it! The muffins look good, too.

  7. I am very interested in the process of self-publishing it sounds like fun and hard work. Let us know when you post it please...