Place oats in a small bowl, pour in buttermilk. Let site for two hours at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 24 mini muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
In a large bowl, stir together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and brown sugar. Stir in oat/buttermilk mixture, pears, cranberry juice (you can use orange juice as a substitute) and egg; mix well. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.
Recipe Yields: 12 Servings
These muffins can be stored on the counter for up to five days. Store additional muffins in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Storage Time: 5 days on the counter
Mini-muffins are a treat that also provide dietary fiber and manganese.