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Pear Bran Muffins*

These wholesome, satisfying muffins are filled with tender pieces of pear and spiced with cinnamon. They freeze well; just heat in the toaster or microwave before serving.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

1 1/2 cups whole-grain pastry flour
1 cup wheat bran
2 Tbsp granular sugar substitute
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups 1 percent or fat-free buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 Bosc pear, cored and diced into 1/4-inch cubes
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350° F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or lightly coat with cooking spray.

Combine flour, bran, sugar substitute, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Combine buttermilk, eggs, oil, pear, and vanilla in another mixing bowl.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just to combine; do not overmix. Divide batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool and serve.

Makes 12 servings. Per serving: 130 calories, 5 g total fat (0.5 g sat), 20 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein, 5 g fiber, 200 mg sodium

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