Toffee pear muffins

DSC_0549It’s almost Christmas and also the end to another fantastic year. Although I don’t celebrate Christmas I do make all kind of Christmas-y treats. I’ve made some cookies and gingerbread men, fruit mince pies and the list goes on… what kind of sweet treats did you make for Christmas this year?!

DSC_0505I’ve cooked and baked so much this year and learnt a whole lot of things along the way. I’ve catered for occasions, like making cupcakes for a friends birthday party, cookies for haloween and brownies on request for a very close friend (she is addicted to brownies!)
 
DSC_0494 DSC_0465I’ve also learnt about healthy living. I wasn’t always the most healthiest person around… but I’ve learnt so much. I am now a happy vegan (yippee!) which I think you guys new was coming from all these vegan posts here and there. It first started off as a tiny break from meat and animal products but I never felt better. I then went on for another month and slowly I have adapted and I feel AMAZING.
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I am only 95% vegan and have a few treats here and there but other than that I eat clean and exercise regularly which I am so happy about!
So, since this is a blog about the food I like to eat and make, I have officially decided to change La Gallette to a healthy vegan blog with the occasional unhealthy meal. I hope you guys like it!
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I will be planning to post more often also, I think my last post was a few months ago, which I feel very, very ashamed of.
Ok now that everything is cleared up, onto these muffins. Oh my god… these are amazing. So moist and fluffy with a slight crunch on the top with the help of some granola and a warm comfy flavour with the help of some cinnamon and cardamom. They have some sweet ripe pears to add moisture and flavour, oh and did I mention that they’re studded with HOMEMADE TOFFEE CHIPS. Yep… shit got serious.
So without further ado, here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy it!
Toffee pear muffins

Ingredients:

    Toffee chips:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp almond milk (or any other plant based milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup puréed pears (approx. 1 large pear)
  • 1 cup grated pears (approx. 1 large pear)
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or any other milk tasting oil)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or any other plant based milk)
  • 3 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (255g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 - 1 cup toffee chips (recipe below)
  • 3/4 cup granola of your choice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line 2 (24 muffins) cupcake/muffin tins with liners. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flaxseed meal, water and vanilla in a small bowl, stir and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, caster sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the puréed and grated pears, milk, vegetable oil, brown sugar and the flaxseed mixture until evenly combined.
  5. Whisk the pear mixture into the dry ingredients until smooth.
  6. Fold in the toffee pieces.
  7. Scoop the mixture into the prepared muffin tins, filling to about 3/4 way through. Sprinkle with granola and bake for 15-20 minutes or until it springs back to the touch and is lightly golden on the surface.
  8. Cool in the tins for 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
  10. For the toffee chips: Line a baking tray with parchment paper, set aside.
  11. Combine all the ingredients except for the vanilla in a medium saucepan.
  12. Place over medium heat, stirring until it comes to a boil.
  13. Stop stirring and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  14. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, quickly pour the mixture onto the prepared tray and smooth out evenly.
  15. Cool for 15-30 minutes or until set.
  16. Break the pieces of toffee with your fingers or use a knife.

4 thoughts on “Toffee pear muffins

  1. Bella

    Your recipes all look amazing! You’re the only healthy recipes I’ve found that use cheap and easy to find ingredients and I can’t wait to try these!

     
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  2. Pavitra

    HI !!!
    I’ve been a vegetarian for 2 years, and only a vegan for the last few months. I don’t usually bake.. but I want to start. You’ve inspired me. Thanks!!
    Love all the vegan recipes !

     
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