Vanilla Pear Muffins from Healthful Pursuit

Vanilla Pear Muffins from Healthful Pursuit

Vanilla Pear Muffins from Healthful Pursuit

March Muffin Madness continues with a recipe for Vanilla Pear Muffins from Leanne of Healthful Pursuit. Aren’t they just gorgeous? I think vanilla and pears make a really sweet combination! But please don’t be misled by my statement as Leanne states that her recipe is gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, yeast free, corn-free, grain-free, and nut-free. (Note that I have not been noting several of these “free” factors for other recipes as I have not verified the safety of individual ingredients in recipes, but will share this information when the participating blogger provides it.)

Enjoy learning more about Leanne and her Vanilla Pear Muffins (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—my favorite in this giveaway!a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance (with a Wildside Jar)! Thanks again to the folks at Blendtec for sponsoring our Super Grand Prize! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)

Leanne’s a holistic nutritionist who helps “real people from around the world with real advice.” Her popular blog, Healthful Pursuit, is a unique collection of motivational guidance and easy-to-make recipes for women who want to create a liberated life on a restricted diet. Honestly, I’ve been reading raves about Leanne, her blog, her recipes, cookbooks, and much more for years. Finally a few months ago we were connected through a mutual friend, who is another star in the gluten-free community, Kelly of The Spunky Coconut. Now we’re making up for lost time and I will tell you that Leanne is just as terrific as everyone says she is! The photo below shows the real Leanne—all smiles, super positive, and just full of a zest for life!
Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit

Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit

When Leanne’s not experimenting in her kitchen, she tells me that you can find her speaking at various woman-based events, painting her nails, sweating it out in hot yoga or sippin’ on beet juice, adorned with a glass straw. (If you read Leanne’s blog, you definitely know this last statement is true!)

I’ll turn it over to Leanne right now, so she can tell you more about her blog and services and then get to the all-important muffins recipe of the day!


If you’re ready to create the life you’ve been dying to live by liberating your eating style and join a community of thousands of women on the same path, head on over to

From complete 7-day gluten-free & dairy-free meal plans, to liberating your dessert dilemma her vegan & grain-free dessert cookbooks, Leanne is on a mission to prove that: just because you’re trying to eat healthy, doesn’t mean you’ve got to join the convent.

Leanne’s newest book, Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook, comes out March 26. On the surface, it’s about juices, smoothies and cleansing. But really, it’s about activating your most radiant self. It includes over 55 dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free juice & smoothie recipes and 7-, 9- and 11- day cleanse programs, plus all the tools you need to cleanse with success. Healthful Pursuit Cookbooks

On to the Muffins

Power to the muffin!

Muffins are king around our house. They’re portable dollops of goodness that I pack full of good things that my fiance and our family will eat without batting an eye. Add ground flax seed for a dose of healthy fats, protein powder to amp up your protein intake, extra fruit if you find it challenging to get all the fruits into your day, double up on the nuts for added fiber… there are so many ways to make them work for you.

My perfect muffin is something that’s high in protein, light, low in calories, and high in fiber. Sound like too much to ask for? No way.

Enter the muffin that’s solving our snacking problem one low calorie, high fiber bite at a time!

Leanne’s Vanilla Pear Muffins Recipe


Vanilla Pear Muffins from Healthful Pursuit
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
These Vanilla Pear Muffins are 150 calorie grain-free muffins made with coconut flour, lemon zest, vanilla and fresh pears. Perfect for traveling, lunches, or a sweet afternoon snack.
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoon non-dairy milk – I used lite coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoon unpasteurized honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sifted coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ large bosc pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line 6 muffin tins with muffin cups. Set aside.
  2. Place wet ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix well with a hand mixer.
  3. In a small bowl, combine coconut flour with baking powder and nutmeg. Drop into the wet ingredients and mix until there are no lumps.
  4. Drop batter into muffin cups and place sliced pears on top with a sprinkle of coconut sugar.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 16-18 minutes.
  6. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 1 minute before removing from the pan and placing on a cooling rack to cool.
Allergen info: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free

Muffins can be stored for a few days at room temperature. Keep in the fridge to prolong time, or freeze in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 150

This recipe is linked to Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Whole Food Fridays.

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84 Responses to “Vanilla Pear Muffins from Healthful Pursuit”

  1. Mary Tokar on March 18th, 2014 12:38 am

    Looks delicious!

  2. Breanna on March 18th, 2014 8:58 am

    Cant wait to try these!!

  3. Cheryl Harris on March 18th, 2014 9:00 am

    These look beautiful. Now I’m wondering about putting pear in a muffin, too!

  4. susan reed on March 18th, 2014 9:13 am

    I have tried 6 of the muffins this month. This is next!

  5. Laurel on March 18th, 2014 9:57 am

    Those look beautiful. Seriously – someone come feed me – you’d be ahead by 3 eggs even. :-)

  6. kinsey on March 18th, 2014 10:48 am

    Looking forward to trying these.

  7. Kristen on March 18th, 2014 10:57 am

    I’m going to have to try these — I love pears!

  8. Susan on March 18th, 2014 11:00 am

    These muffins remind me of a wonderful pear variety called the Concorde pear. It tasted like a sweet pear with strong overtones of vanilla. I don’t know if it’s still around, but we generally had to go to farm stands about 2 hours away from home! So now I add vanilla to my pear dishes to recapture that taste. These muffins sound delicious!

  9. Pamela Hurlbert on March 18th, 2014 11:41 am

    Would like to try these without the pears.

  10. Linda S on March 18th, 2014 11:41 am

    Ooh, these sound really good and since I have all the ingredients on hand, I’m hoping I can find the time to make these later today. I love recipes that aren’t loaded with sugar, too. Awesome!

  11. Katie on March 18th, 2014 12:06 pm

    Leanne never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and delicious food!

  12. vivi on March 18th, 2014 12:56 pm

    sound delicious.
    and love the Blendtec – that is my dream for years.

  13. Amy W on March 18th, 2014 1:10 pm

    Yummy! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  14. Heather on March 18th, 2014 1:25 pm

    Ooh these sound great! I love pears & combined with vanilla, they just sound heavenly!

  15. Karen on March 18th, 2014 1:31 pm

    Pears are so often overlooked and so delicious. Thanks for thinking outside of the usual muffin ideas!

    • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit on March 18th, 2014 9:07 pm

      I’m all about thinking outside of the box! Even adding pears and vanilla to smoothies is pretty delicious :)

  16. Marilyn B on March 18th, 2014 1:42 pm

    Love Leanne’s recipes and the fact that they are so well identified as to what may be a problem area for you and how she has avoided that.

  17. Jamie Smith on March 18th, 2014 1:53 pm

    Now……how simple is this!

  18. julie on March 18th, 2014 2:00 pm

    I have never had pear in a muffin before, what a great new combo

  19. Amanda on March 18th, 2014 2:12 pm

    WOW – thanks for the recipe!

  20. Barbara on March 18th, 2014 2:20 pm

    These look wonderful. Going to get some pears tomorrow so I can make them!

  21. Megan on March 18th, 2014 2:22 pm

    I love pears, will have to try this recipe!

  22. BJMarley on March 18th, 2014 2:31 pm

    I can’t wait to try these.

  23. Tracey on March 18th, 2014 3:34 pm

    THese look wonderful. I’m going to try the recipe
    With xylitol instead of the sugars it calls for. Do you think
    It will taste ok?

    • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit on March 18th, 2014 9:11 pm

      I’m not sure if it will work in the muffins as xylitol is a granulated sugar and honey is not. If you try, let me know!

  24. Rinette on March 18th, 2014 5:01 pm

    There is definitely a dry ingredient missing – I have this in the dish ready to bake and this consistency just does not look right – help!

    • Shirley on March 18th, 2014 5:28 pm

      Hi Rinette–Unfortunately I don’t have a definite answer for you. Hopefully, Leanne will be able to respond soon. Have you baked with coconut flour before? It’s very absorbent so the “problem” might have resolved itself while you’ve been waiting for an answer. Just guessing here, but it’s very possible that’s the issue.


      • Rinette on March 18th, 2014 6:13 pm

        Could be Shirley,
        Being a bit of in inexperienced “baker” I attempted this using Red Mill Gluten Free flour …. that’s probably it :) thanks for the feedback.

        • Shirley on March 18th, 2014 6:23 pm

          Rinette–You’re welcome, of course. Having that additional info from you, yes, that is definitely the problem. Coconut flour is very different from any other gf flour. You CAN’T just substitute it for other gf flours and vice versa. Sorry. And personally I don’t use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour at all for so many reasons, with the flours used in the mix being one of them. I don’t care for bean flours. You will never get a light and tender muffin using BRM gf flour. Just FYI, since you’re new to gf baking, you can’t simply sub one gf flour for another in a recipe. GF recipes are created using specific flours.


          • Amanda (amethystjean) on March 19th, 2014 8:57 pm

            That should be you can’t* just substitute it for another gf flour… Yes that coconut flour is quite it’s own beast

          • Shirley on March 19th, 2014 9:09 pm

            Yep, that’s a critical difference! Multitasking will get a girl every time. :-( Aaargh. Updated my comment. Thank you!


  25. patricia on March 18th, 2014 5:21 pm

    Wow. it looks like another good muffin recipe to try.

  26. Arleen on March 18th, 2014 6:42 pm

    These sound like they would be delicious!

  27. Kathleen Conner on March 18th, 2014 6:47 pm

    perfect timing–I was just trying to figure out how to use coconut flour!! I’ll double the recipe, and try it this week.

  28. Anastasia Carpenter on March 18th, 2014 7:10 pm

    Hi Leanne, I love this recipe because I can’t have any grains or sugar. I can easily sub stevia for the sweeteners. Plus they will be quick and easy as well as delicious! Kudos!

  29. Michelle Cantwell on March 18th, 2014 7:17 pm

    Yum!! Always looking for muffin recipes that will work with my paleo diet (I have Hashimoto’s disease). I am NOT a morning person so muffins are wonderful to make the night before.

  30. Lindsay Ham on March 18th, 2014 7:19 pm

    GRAIN-FREE LOVIN’ OVER HERE!!! Can’t wait to try these and all her fabulous cookbooks as well!

  31. Jill Ann on March 18th, 2014 8:27 pm

    They look fantastic, but is there really only 1/4 cup of coconut flour? Hard to believe it holds together. :) I’m going try them for brunch tomorrow!

    • Shirley on March 19th, 2014 9:57 pm

      Hi Jill–It’s good to see you here again! :-) Yes, that is the correct amount. Coconut flour is pretty unique in its “absorbency” abilities. I often add just a tablespoon or a sprinkle when a recipe ends up having too much liquid. It’s kind of a magical ingredient in my opinion. ;-) Did you give this recipe a try?


  32. Karol on March 18th, 2014 11:14 pm

    These look delicious! What an interesting idea.

  33. Venessa F. on March 19th, 2014 12:31 am

    Yum! I love pears. I can’t wait to try these!

  34. Tracey on March 19th, 2014 1:04 am

    Hi, what can I use instead of coconut flour? Can it be substituted with Almond meal/flour? Thanks.

    • Shirley on March 19th, 2014 9:47 pm

      Hi Tracey–I’m going to step in for Leanne. Coconut flour is a very different ingredient. As I was just replying to another reader, it can’t be substituted for other flours one to one or vice versa. Most recipes with coconut flour use a lot of liquid (in many recipes, eggs are that liquid). If you wish to use almond flour, it’s best to go with a recipe that has been developed for almond flour. There are quite a few of those in this event. You can see them all here. If you’re looking for an almond flour-based pear muffin recipe, you might use a basic almond flour muffin recipe and simply add Leanne’s pear topping. Let us know if you come up with an alternative recipe! :-) Thanks.


      • Tracey on March 24th, 2014 1:20 am

        Thanks Shirley. I appreciate your reply.

  35. Sharon on March 19th, 2014 4:31 am

    These look so good!

  36. Jackie on March 19th, 2014 6:57 am

    I’m going to make these to take to work for treat day!

  37. mysweetiepiepie on March 19th, 2014 12:19 pm

    Wow, do these ever look delish!

  38. Laureen on March 19th, 2014 12:55 pm

    Oh my, pear! YUM!

  39. Marianne on March 19th, 2014 1:00 pm

    Love this idea! Leanne always has such yummy and inventive recipes :)

  40. Debra on March 19th, 2014 3:04 pm

    I am allergic to coconut. Would almond flour be a good substitue?
    Sounds like a great recipe!

    • Shirley on March 19th, 2014 9:41 pm

      Debra–I’m not sure when Leanne will be able to answer, so I’ll step in. Coconut flour is a very different ingredient. It can’t be substituted for other flours one to one or vice versa. Most recipes with coconut flour use a lot of liquid (in many recipes, eggs are that liquid). If you wish to use almond flour, it’s best to go with a recipe that has been developed for almond flour. There are quite a few of those in this event. You can see them all here. If you’re looking for an almond flour-based pear muffin recipe, you might use a basic almond flour muffin recipe and simply add Leanne’s pear topping. Let us know what you try! :-)


  41. Cindy W. on March 19th, 2014 4:34 pm

    These muffins sound fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  42. April on March 19th, 2014 10:25 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  43. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva on March 20th, 2014 1:19 pm

    Yet another muffin to pin and try!

  44. Kinsey on March 20th, 2014 2:36 pm

    can not wait to make these

  45. Heather on March 20th, 2014 3:28 pm

    I love that they are grain free!

  46. Bev on March 20th, 2014 4:02 pm

    I actually have the ingredients for these. My girlfriend and I are hoping to get together and make a few of the muffins you’ve posted.

  47. Carina on March 21st, 2014 7:51 pm

    I am eagerly anticipating trying these!

  48. Emily on March 23rd, 2014 2:36 am

    Vanilla and pear sounds like a great combination!

  49. Meta on March 23rd, 2014 3:30 pm


  50. Janis S on March 24th, 2014 12:43 am

    I like that there are not too many ingredients or ingredients I don’t regularly use.

  51. Erin on March 25th, 2014 3:50 pm

    What a good looking pear muffin. Can’t wait to try.

  52. Mrs G on March 27th, 2014 6:02 am

    These are seriously good. I made them in a mini-muffin (silicon) tin. I decreased the baking temperature to 180 C and baked for 20 minutes. Delicious!

  53. Teufelchen on March 27th, 2014 11:22 am

    I love pears, and since my pear cake resipe didn’t turn out as I wanted, I am going to try this one. At least they look yummy.

  54. Stephanie on March 27th, 2014 5:12 pm

    These looks so pretty!

  55. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 9:13 pm

    I don’t believe I’ve used pears in muffins before but I imagine it’s very good.

  56. Lewann Rice on March 30th, 2014 12:34 am

    These look great!

  57. Janelle on March 30th, 2014 9:47 am

    My family loves muffins but we’ve never had a pear muffin before. Thanks for the recipe!

  58. Tracy Mann on March 31st, 2014 1:34 am

    Pear desserts are where it’s at. And can’t wait to check out the cookbooks mentioned too!

  59. Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats on March 31st, 2014 9:17 pm

    I’ve never thought of using pears for a muffin. I made biscuits with them before, so I bet these are just heavenly. Yum!

  60. Melanie Binkley on March 31st, 2014 10:39 pm

    these look interesting

  61. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:20 pm

    Very neat recipe!

  62. Sarah on March 31st, 2014 11:23 pm

    Would have never thought to use pears in a muffin recipe. Cool idea!

  63. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:28 pm

    Will have to try this recipe in the summer, I haven’t seen pears in the store in months! Thank you for the yummy recipe!

  64. Lindsey on April 1st, 2014 12:01 am

    This sounds so sweet and delicious

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