John Autry
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
12 servings (serving size: 1 muffin)

These healthy muffins get their unique flavor from chai tea blend and roasted chopped pistachios.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Ratings & Reviews

amandanorell's Review

February 26, 2013
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.

Ilovethebeach26's Review

January 25, 2014
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!

Snoochee's Review

June 21, 2013
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's Review

January 24, 2013
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.

Llama1momma's Review

January 08, 2013
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.

PaulaLumsden's Review

July 11, 2012
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.

SarahVita's Review

June 05, 2012
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.

ltorgy's Review

May 08, 2012

mwall4's Review

April 29, 2012

CherylTaylor's Review

April 23, 2012