Granola Topped Pear Banana Muffins

I keep saying that I am not a sweets person, and I am not–I would pick a savory dish over dessert any day of the week.  However, I might have to change saying this if I keep creating happy accidents as I did a while back, when I whipped up a delicious dessert for Hubby.

He wanted a treat. I was not in the mood to go grocery shopping, so, I knew I would have to make do with what I had in the house.

I looked in the fridge and the pantry and came to a quick conclusion–I need to exercise my imagination and hope for a miracle. I had a few pears on hand, which became my inspiration.

I made batter, poured it into a muffin pan, placed it in the oven and nervously waited.   To my eternal delight, when I finally cracked the door of the oven open, I saw my banana muffins–little brown pillows of culinary delight. My mouth watered, my taste buds were not disappointed either–the first bite I took literally melted in my mouth.

As soon as Sprout spotted me tasting the first muffin, she was on my case–she wanted one too! I could not cool them off fast enough in order for her to try it…she had three! Needless to say, Hubby was not disappointed either.

While this is not a totally guilt free recipe, it is an amazing treat for a special occasion.

Granola Topped Pear Banana Muffins 

yields 12 muffins



  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2 heaping tbsp vegan mayo (I used Veganaise)
  • 2 medium size ripe bananas
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 peeled and thinly sliced pear (*optional)

*I made these muffins with and without pears, and both variations were pretty amazing.

Granola Topping

Granola topping is optional, but it adds a lot to the muffin experience.

  • ½ cup quick rolled oats
  • ¼ cup unbleached organic white flour
  • ¼ cup organic brown sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil



  1. Place apple sauce, mayo, bananas, soda, lemon juice, salt and sugar in a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Add flours and pulse until well integrated
  3. Fold in sliced pears

If you do not have a food processor, you can mash or grate bananas by hand, then use a whisk and a bowl to follow steps 1 through 3.



  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Line muffin pan with paper cups
  • Fill cups 3/4 of the way with batter (if you want extra fluffy, over the top muffins, you can fill your cups almost all the way to the top)


  • Bake 23 mins or until golden brown (you can test if muffins are ready by inserting a toothpick in the middle of a muffin; if it comes out dry, muffins are done)
  • Let muffins cool for 3-5 mins, then place on a cooling rack for another 10-15 mins before enjoying.
  • These muffins taste amazing when served with cold, unsweetened almond milk (we like the 365 (Whole Foods) brand).


(with granola topping; image from my instagram feed)

pear-banana-muffins(delicious and juicy inside–no granola topping, with pears)

Make these. Enjoy them. Let me know how you liked them.


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