Pistachio-Chai Muffins

  • Momonthemove Posted: 05/09/11
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    Definitely delicious...might even want a little more spice and vanilla. I got unsalted pistachios accidentally and agree that salted would make these muffins more exciting.

  • SaraH823 Posted: 04/18/11
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    These are delicious! Our only problem is that there are just 2 of us (plus a baby) and the glaze makes them sticky after a day or two...couldn't eat them fast enough!

  • EmmyLou8 Posted: 04/25/11
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    These are amazing. Its hard to believe they're not cupcakes!! Easy recipe, hard to mess up. Definitely will make these again. Make sure your pistachios are slightly salted - the little crunch of salty nut on top of the super sweet muffin is amazing!!

  • ckelley116 Posted: 06/20/11
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    I'm eating one for breakfast right now...yum! I followed the recipe to a T except for the glaze (there's only me and my husband, so I planned to freeze them and didn't know how the glaze would work out if frozen) but I really don't think it needs the glaze. The pistachios are a perfectly unexpected twist. Amazing for breakfast with a cup of coffee, or for a mid-afternoon snack.

  • jwolff713 Posted: 04/17/11
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    These are delicious! They taste just like a creamy chai tea. Yum!

  • jmeleeS Posted: 05/06/11
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    Great recipe, super easy & quick and they look / sound like you spent a lot of time on them! The only changes I made were that I halved the recipe, but used the full two chai tea bags (I highly recommend getting a blend with cinnamon) and 1 full egg (not exactly the easiest thing to 1/2 an egg). Plus, I'm not a big fan of the Cooking Light water & powdered sugar "glazes" so I nixed that entirely - trust me the muffin didn't need anything additional - they were great without this extra flourish! The cooking time / temp was perfect for moist muffins. I will definitely be making these again - it's a keeper recipe!!!

  • rmiller2 Posted: 05/30/11
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    Very good. Could have been a little moister though and a little more flavor. I didn't put on the pistachios or the glaze and could see why that might be needed.

  • AmyElliott Posted: 07/04/11
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    I had high hopes for this recipe after seeing everyone's reviews. I found the muffins dry and a bit chewy, lacking in any flavor at all, and I added an extra chai tea bag and cinnamon and nutmeg. I feel this recipe need some major tweaking.

  • cmwilliams310 Posted: 07/24/11
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    I'd give five stars IF you follow the modifications many of the other reviewers posted. I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. I also used vanilla chai teabags, but adding more vanilla might help as well. While some reviewers say they icing isn't necessary, I thought it did help balance a little bit of bitterness from the tea, and the icing better if you use some fat free half & half or milk instead of the water - it's just not as plain. A second time around I used some cinnamon chips (they're near the chocolate chips at the store) instead of the pistachios. I'd probably keep doing that in the future.

  • smith3576 Posted: 07/19/11
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    I don't understand why people think these are great. Made them according to recipe and thought they were really bland. I used a good chai tea, and even added more than it called for. Would not make these again without some major revisions to bump up the flavor.

  • thelialaluna Posted: 08/19/11
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    I skipped the glaze, and did the rest according to recipe. They are good, but not to die for as I hoped for. I like the fact that they are quick and easy to make and not overly sweet or fat. But I do agree that they lacked the punch I expected. Next time, I will add 1 teaspoon cardamon powder, 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger and probably go for 3 teabags. That should do the trick.

  • LauraJM Posted: 07/27/11
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    I'm only giving these 3 stars at the moment b/c mine came out a little dry and I need to make sure that is baker error and not the recipe (I think I left them in a minute too long). I accidentally added 1.5 tsp vanilla to the batter not realizing the .5 was for the glaze. I will probably do that again. Also, I added a pinch of cinnamon. I may or may not do that again. I think the chai flavor from my tea was enough that the cinnamon wasn't necessary. I did not make the glaze and used unsalted pistachios. I thought they were great and will not get salted next time.

  • cconnito Posted: 11/01/11
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    I really enjoyed these, but agree not outstanding. I am not much of a baker, so I do not know what I would change. I listened to some of the other reviewers and added some cinnamon and nutmeg. I will make this again.

  • bikingnc Posted: 11/18/11
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    I too thought these were bland and needed more sugar, a third tea bag and cinnamon. Be careful not to let the nuts burn. Watch closesly because 15 minutes was a bit too long for mine. Disappointed for sure. Sounded like a good one but was not!

  • mkarras Posted: 05/07/12
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    I only liked these muffins after my recipe makeover. I made them even healthier. Here's my recipe makeover for these muffins: http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2012/05/vegan-vanilla-chai-muffins.html

  • SarahVita Posted: 06/05/12
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    I thought this was a delicious and easy recipe. I don't like overly sweet muffins, so this was the perfect balance of savory and sweet. I used Celestial Seasonings coconut chai blend tea. I made a few modifications for baking at a higher altitude - 1/8 c more flour, 1/8 c less brown sugar, a tiny bit more buttermilk and a cooking temp of 390. I forgot to adjust the powder and soda (1/4 t less each) but they turned out just fine - light and fluffy. The crunchy/salty pistachios added a nice contrast in texture/taste and I thought the glaze was the perfect amount of sweet (I didn't use all of it, though)...not sure why others disliked it.

  • travelchickie Posted: 03/07/12
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    These were sooo bland. Wish I'd read the reviews beforehand. It looked like such an interesting recipe but needs a lot of modifications. Won't make these again.

  • Llama1momma Posted: 01/08/13
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    I just made these while my daughter was doing her homework. We had a warm muffin and loved them. We especially liked the chai flavor and crunch on top as it didn't take but a few minutes to crack open one-third cup nuts. We held off adding the icing as we thought they would be good heated up. We will add the icing later to each one after microwaving.

  • amandanorell Posted: 02/26/13
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    I followed the recipe to a T. They were to die for! Reading other reviews, my tips would be to 1. Do NOT over stir. 2. Use a flavored chai ( I used Celestial Tea's honey vanilla chai) 3. Use salted pistachios ( It IS worth the money!) 4. Don't forgo the pistachios or the frosting they majorly impact the outcome. 5. If you have it, do half vanilla- half lavender extract in the icing !!! 6. Don't write a review and rate a recipe low when you made significant changes to it.

  • detailaddict Posted: 03/30/12
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    I have now made these for the second time, with a couple of additional tweaks. I still increased the tea (1.5T leaves) and sweetener (half sucanat, half granulated honey) by half per the other reviewers, and as the batter was a bit thin the first time I increased the flour (white wheat again) to 9 oz. The tops were rounder this time, and I even had enough batter to make 10 decent-sized muffins, baked at 350F for 18 minutes. As I had powdered granulated honey this time I used it in the glaze. Although the results were better I still rate it based on the changes I had to make, so this still gets 3 stars. But I like the recipe overall and would make these again as modified.

  • PaulaLumsden Posted: 07/11/12
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    This recipe is stellar at every level. If you are a sweet morning bread person, it is not for you though. It is just a wonderful play of flavors and worth the effort for company, a brunch etc.

  • Snoochee Posted: 06/21/13
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    Wow, delicious! I used Coconut Black Chai from Zhena's Gypsy Tea and these muffins are amazing. Next time, I think I may sprinkle turbinado sugar on top after the nuts rather than make the icing. This one is definitely a keeper!

  • georgia22 Posted: 01/24/13
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    I used 2 Bigelow Spiced Chai bags and added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Still can't taste the spice. They're okay, but I won't make them again, even with changes.

  • Ilovethebeach26 Posted: 01/25/14
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    This is a moist and tasty muffin recipe with a few changes. I made it exactly like the recipe the first time and I thought it needed more flavor. The next time I used half whole wheat flour for more nutrition and a nutty flavor, doubled the vanilla extract, added 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cardamom, and 1/8 tsp ground cloves. I also made the glaze more flavorful by swapping the water in the glaze for some chai tea latte (brew a cup of chai tea and add some creamer to it)...this made the glaze taste fabulous! I used the pistachios on top and they were great...a salty contrast to the sweet gaze. Yummy!

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