Pistachio-Chai Muffins

Pistachio-Chai Muffins Recipe
John Autry
These healthy muffins get their unique flavor from chai tea blend and roasted chopped pistachios.


12 servings (serving size: 1 muffin)
Total time: 30 Minutes

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 192
Fat 6.2 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 2.1 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 3.9 g
Carbohydrate 30.5 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 26 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Sodium 259 mg
Calcium 61 mg


7.9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 chai blend tea bags, opened
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1/3 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water


1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut open tea bags; add tea to flour mixture, stirring well. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and egg in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

3. Place 12 muffin-cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle nuts evenly over batter. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.

4. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon water, stirring until smooth. Drizzle evenly over muffins.

Maureen Callahan,

Cooking Light

May 2011
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