Pear-Bear Muffins

Your kids will go wild for this healthy after-school snack.

Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Meals by Parents Magazine, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.

Pear-Bear Muffins

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    Ingredients

    1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix 1/4 cup canola oil
    1 cup water 2 to 3 pears, cored, and cut into 48 slices
    1/3 cup orange juice Almond slivers
    2 eggs Semisweet chocolate chips, regular and mini

    directions

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    • 1

      Heat oven to 400°F. Line 21/2-inch muffin cups with baking wrappers. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, the water, orange juice, eggs, and oil until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared cups until they’re about two-thirds full.

    • 2

      Trim 1/2 inch from the pointed end of each pear slice. Insert the trimmed, flat ends of 2 slices into each muffin cup, leaving the tops of the pears exposed. Pretending the muffin is a clock, insert them at about 11:00 and 1:00.

    • 3

      Bake for 20 minutes, or until muffin tops spring back when you touch them. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan; remove muffins and place them on wire racks. While they’re slightly warm, add almond slivers and chocolate chips to create the bear’s face. Makes about 24 muffins.

    nutritional information

    Calories:
    139
    Fiber:
    1 g
    Fat:
    5 g
    Saturated Fat:
    1 g
    Calcium:
    46 mg
    Carbohydrates:
    22 g
    Protein:
    1 g
    Iron:
    1 mg
    Sodium:
    147 mg
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