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Oatmeal Pear Muffins

oatmeal pear muffin with Chobani

I know I’ve shared my love for the new Chobani banana yogurt, but Chobani has another new yogurt, pear.  Have you tried it?  Since I tend to compare pears to apples, I’d have to admit that I think I still like the apple cinnamon Chobani more (upstate New Yorker = big apple fan).  That said, the new pear flavor is still pretty darn delicious.

If you know me and this blog, it should be no surprise to you that I ended up baking something with the new pear yogurt. 🙂  I almost made Holly’s streusel pear coffee cake, but since I seem to be on a muffin cake lately (more on that soon!), I ended up making these simple oatmeal pear muffins.

Oatmeal Pear Muffins

When I say this recipe is simple, I mean it.  Besides the yogurt, I’d be willing to bet you’ve got every other ingredient in your kitchen right now.  And when it comes to preparing the recipe, it literally takes less than five minutes.  Just mix up your wet ingredients, your dry ingredients, and then combine!  So easy.

A couple tips:  make sure you only mix the batter until the ingredients are just combined.  You want soft, crumbly muffins, not bricks. 😉  And, it may seem odd to bake the muffins at a high temperature to start, but it’s a tip I learned from Sally — it makes sure you get a nice high muffin top — and we all know the top is the best part. 🙂

Oatmeal Pear Muffins with Chobani yogurt

The best part about these muffins is that even though there is no additional fruit added to the recipe, it seems like there is, since the Chobani yogurt had real chunks of pear in every cup.  Can’t argue with real, creamy goodness!

[print_this]Oatmeal Pear Muffins

A simple, wholesome muffin made with Chobani pear yogurt.  The yogurt contains real fruit, so you don’t need to add your own (although, if you’d like, you could add a half cup of chopped or dry fruit).  

Makes 12 muffins

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

  • 12 ounces (2 6-ounce containers) Chobani pear Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat white flour (or regular all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Coarse sugar* (if desired)

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners.

In a small mixing bowl, stir the yogurt, milk, eggs, oil, and sugar until mixed.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and spices.  Stir to combine.  Add the yogurt mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing gently with a rubber spatula until the batter is just mixed (the batter will be thick).

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins.  If desired, sprinkle the top of each muffin with coarse sugar.  Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes, then lower the heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the muffins are fairly firm to touch.  Allow the muffins to cool in the tins 5 to 10 minutes before removing.  Store any leftover muffins in an airtight container.  You can also freeze any extra — simply wrap each muffin in aluminum foil, and place the muffins in a freezer bag.

*I topped the muffins with demerara sugar, which is a coarse brown sugar.  You could also use turbinado sugar (another coarse brown sugar), or any regular coarse sugar.[/print_this]

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White Chocolate Chip & Pear Pumpkin Cookies

Happy Monday!  It truly is a happy Monday when it’s a holiday week, no?!

My “work/school” week begins at 8am this morning and concludes at 11am.  Rough, I know. 😉

I thought I’d get the holiday week kicked off with a cookie that screams Thanksgiving.  Seriously, I know we’re all going to be overdosing on pie this week, but if you can squeeze in one more dessert, it should be these simple white chocolate chip & pear pumpkin cookies.

These cookies are so simple to make, thanks to good old Betty Crocker and her pumpkin cookie mix.  I’m all for baking cookies from scratch — I think most of my cookie recipes are from scratch — but I’m such a sucker for the holiday cookie mixes.  That and any seasonal Funfetti mixes.

Anyway, I picked up a pumpkin cookie mix at the store and decided to jazz it up a little bit by adding white chocolate chips.  And since I seem to have a never ending supply of pears in my fridge, I decided to dice one up and add it to the cookie dough as well.

The cookies bake up super soft and chewy, and, even though I love subbing Greek yogurt in a lot of my cookies… the butter goes a long, delicious way here.  The white chocolate chips and pears perfectly complement the spice and buttery flavor of the cookie itself.  Perfect for Thanksgiving!

[print_this]White Chocolate Chip & Pear Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin cookie mix makes these super soft cookies incredibly easy to whip up.  If you’d like, toss additional add-ins into the cookie dough, such as walnuts or dried fruit.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

  • 1 package Betty Crocker pumpkin cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 small pear, peeled and diced

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the cookie mix, butter, egg, and milk until mixed well.  Stir in the white chocolate chips and pear until mixed.

Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoon onto the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.  Allow the cookies to cool 5 to 10 minutes before removing to cool completely.[/print_this]

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