Your kids will go wild for this healthy afternoon snack! They are almost too cute to eat!

Pear-Bear Muffins


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


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.

Nutrition per muffin: 139 calories; 1g protein; 5g fat (1g saturated fat); 22g carbohydrate; 1g fiber; 46mg calcium; 1mg iron; 147mg sodium.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Parents Magazine Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Meals.*