I recently found myself with a glut of old mandarins and half a pear in the corner of the fridge and being reluctant to throw them out decided to stew the fruit into a puree. I soon started toying with the idea of making a mandarin dessert of some sort. I came across hundreds of desserts but the majority were sorbets, jellies, cheesecakes and an assortment of none too appealing cakes.
I’ve never been a sweet tooth and will readily swap a dessert for another glass of wine and cheese. However, wanting to maintain my current health kick, I decided to amalgamate a couple of healthy desserts into one.
My Almond, Mandarin, Pear & Poppy Muffin was born. These muffins are a dieter’s dream. They are low in fat, low in sugar (in fact there is no refined sugar in the recipe), gluten free, dairy free and wheat free. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did creating this recipe (and eating these muffins). Even my sweet-toothed husband loves them.
Almond, Mandarin, Pear & Poppy Muffins are a dieter's dream.