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Satisfying Pistachio Muffins

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One of the things I like about these pistachio muffins is that the pistachio flavor is subtle, yet so satisfying. The addition of chocolate chips and chopped pistachios completes them, making them a favorite of everyone who tries them.

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Muffins are one of my favorite things. I love to bake them, eat them and watch other people eat them. But not in a creepy stalker kind of way.

Really.

I’m always wanting to make muffins and I always want one for breakfast. And here’s a secret, I almost always DO eat one. Shhhh. Don’t tell.

They are such a quick and easy thing to eat for breakfast but you don’t have to stop there. You can eat them for a snack or even for dessert! All in the same day, if you feel like it.  Not that I have ever done that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

See the beauty of the muffin? So versatile and satisfying.

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Helpful tips

  • If you can find unsalted pistachios, use then as you don’t want a salty muffin. I buy a package of unsalted pistachio meats from Trader Joe’s.
  • Some people like to add green food coloring to their pistachio muffins. I am not a fan of food coloring.
  • After adding the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, I find using a pastry cutter to mix the ingredients together and break up the brown sugar.
  • When mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, don’t over mix. Add pistachios and chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  • This recipe is for 9 muffins since I love big muffins, but feel free to use 12 muffin cups. But if you do make 12 muffins, change the baking time to 20 minutes.
  • Every time I’ve made these muffins, they sink a little. Don’t worry, they are done.
  • To enhance the flavor of pistachio, add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.
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How to make pistachio muffins

Pre-step

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line muffin pan with 9 paper liners, also known as muffin cups.

Step one

Gather the dry ingredients: spelt flour or all purpose flour, almond flour, brown sugar, cane sugar, baking soda, almond extract, and pistachio instant pudding.

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Step two

Place the dry ingredients in a medium large bowl. (A)

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Step three

I use a pastry blender to mix it all together. I find it breaks up the brown sugar nicely. (B)

Step four

Gather the wet ingredients:  an egg, plain Greek yogurt, almond milk, almond extract, and olive oil.

Yogurt, milk, eggs, chocolate chips and pistachios on a tablePin

You’ll also notice there are chocolate chips in the above photo. I just can’t help myself. I love chocolate chips in muffins!

Step five

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

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Step six

Mix with a spatula until it’s not quite completely mixed. Add and mix in most of the chopped pistachios and the chocolate chips.

Step seven

Spoon pistachio muffins batter in the muffin cups. (C) Sprinkle the rest of the chopped pistachios on top.

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Step eight

Place muffin pan in oven and bake for 22 minutes. (D)

Step nine

If your muffins touch each other in the pan like mine did. Take a sharp knife and cut them away from each other. Let muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

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Time to plate one.

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Perfecto!

I bite one.

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Yup. Just as I thought. Yum.

I hope you enjoyed this pistachio muffins recipe.

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Satisfying Pistachio Muffins

This muffins are satisfying and delicious. They are chockfull of flavor and perfect for breakfast or brunch.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breads
Keyword: pistachio muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 9 muffins
Calories: 355kcal

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 3.4 ounces pistachio pudding mix (instant pudding, 1 box)
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour (or any flour)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Addons

  • 1/2 cup pistachios (chopped and divided)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients. And use a pastry cutter to mix the ingredients together.
    3.4 ounces pistachio pudding mix, 1 1/2 cups spelt flour, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Add all the wet ingredients and use a rubber spatula to combine until almost mixed. Do not overmix.
    1 egg, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Add most of the chopped pistachios and chocolate chips and mix until completely combined.
    1/2 cup pistachios, 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them as full as you like.
  • Sprinkle some chopped pistachios on top of the batter. Bake for 22 minutes.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes before you remove the muffins to a wire rack.
  • Plate a muffin. Eat.
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

I use big muffin cups because I love big muffins and to get that I need the extra space of the cups. If you use normal cups and you want bigger than normal muffins, use 9 cups and fill them all the way to the top.
Helpful tips
  • If you can find unsalted pistachios, use then as you don’t want a salty muffin. I buy a package of unsalted pistachio meats from Trader Joe’s.
  • Some people like to add green food coloring to their pistachio muffins. I am not a fan of food coloring.
  • After adding the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, I find using a pastry cutter to mix the ingredients together and break up the brown sugar.
  • When mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, don’t over mix. Add pistachios and chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  • This recipe is for 9 muffins since I love big muffins, but feel free to use 12 muffin cups.ย But if you do make 12 muffins, change the baking time to 20 minutes.
  • Every time I’ve made these muffins, they sink a little. Don’t worry, they are done.
  • To enhance the flavor of pistachio, add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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Originally published September 2016.

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34 Comments

  1. I happen to LOVE pistachios. I always have a bag in the house. I snack on them, add them to yogurt, and use them in all kinds of recipes. These pistachio muffins are great to start my day with my morning coffee.

  2. Pistachio muffins are one of my favorite muffins but I’ve never had then with chocolate chips! These look perfect with coffee, they look so yummy and moist! Very important factor! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hubby doesn’t like that I put chocolate chips in all the muffins I make. So, I make him a batch without! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Cathy!

  3. I am so glad these muffins are in my life now! Great flavor and crunch to the classic chocolate chip muffin!

  4. These Muffins are going to be awesome and delicious. Love the combination of ingredients to making them yummy. Cute for a party option too.

  5. I can’t believe that I just stumble across this recipe as I have a bag of pistachios from Costco and was wondering what to do with them (besides eat them out of the shell.) Your muffin recipe will make a perfect home for them! Thanks for the delicious inspiration!!

  6. I love muffins. They are the perfect snack or meal, they can be sweet or savory! These look so good, the pudding mix makes them extra special!

  7. I love anything with pistachio and your muffins look so scrumptious! They will be perfect for the summer snack or a BBQ party!

    1. Thank you Veronika! They are so good. I especially love them as a snack. Sometimes I make them in little muffin tins so I can pop a few in my mouth and feel good about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I love a good muffin, and pistachio is such a great flavor. I rarely think to include them in baked goods, but I have a big bag at home and know just how I’ll use them this weekend!

  9. Your muffins have the perfect muffins tops, they look yummy. I have made a lot of muffins in my day but never thought of using pistachios. The combination of the nuts and chocolate chips sound perfect. YUMM!! Must try soon.

  10. These muffins sound awesome! I love that you’ve utilized Pistachio Pudding mix to flavor them and the Greek yogurt must make them perfectly moist! Can’t wait to try these!

  11. What a fantastic combination — pistachio and chocolate chips. I wouldn’t have thought of it. Sounds delicious. And I love the addition of the pistachio pudding mix – what a great way to add flavor. I’ll be making these muffins soon.

  12. Oh wow… pistachio is like my favorite nut. I bet these muffins are so flavorful and delicious. They certainly looks so. I just saved the recipe. Will make this soon. Can’t wait.

  13. These sound so delicious and a good way to excuse eating a whole handful of muffins, because pistachios are healthy, Right ?

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