Breakfast/ Desserts

Pistachio Muffins with White Chocolate Chips

February 23, 2020 (Last Updated: February 27, 2020) by Emily

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These Pistachio Muffins are super easy and effortless! Whipped up in a food processor and topped with white chocolate chips and pistachios for extra crunch! These soft and fluffy muffins are the perfect grab and go snack or relax with a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy!

A close up of a pistachio muffin topped with white chocolate chips

When it comes to desserts and sweet treats pistachios are one of my favourite ingredients.

I also love my desserts to be super quick and easy and these muffins tick all the boxes!

They’re made using a food processor so there’s minimal prep (and mess) involved not to mention the fact that they are absolutely DELICIOUS!

The white chocolate chip topping just takes them to the next level, I even drizzle over some extra melted white chocolate when they’re done because there can never be too much white chocolate, right?!

And because pistachios and white chocolate is the BEST combo ever!

Ingredients

  • Pistachios – shelled and unsalted
  • Self-raising flour 
  • Light brown sugar – you can also use regular caster sugar
  • Butter – softened at room temperature
  • Eggs – large
  • Sour cream – for an extra soft and fluffy texture
  • Lemon zest & Vanilla
  • White chocolate chips & extra pistachio – for topping before baking, the combo is delish and gives crunch and added texture to the muffins!

How to Make Pistachio Muffins – Step by Step

Put the pistachios in a food processor and blitz to a fine crumb (photo 1).

Tip out into a large bowl and mix with the flour and sugar until thoroughly mixed (photo 2).

Add all ingredients into the food processor and blitz for a few seconds until thoroughly combined (it only takes a few seconds so don’t over mix) (photos 4 & 5).

Step by step photos showing how to make pistachio muffins

Spoon the mixture into muffins cases and top with white chocolate chips and roughly chopped pistachios (photos 5 & 6).

Bake then let cool for 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely (photo 7).

Drizzle with more white chocolate if desired (photo 8).

Four photos showing how to fill and bake pistachio muffins

Variations and Serving Suggestions

I love these muffins just the way they are but there are few ways to switch them up;

  • You can mix chocolate chips (of any kind) through the batter so they are studded throughout.
  • Swap the lemon zest for orange zest.
  • Mix through some coconut flakes or sprinkle them on top if you love coconut.
  • Melt some white chocolate and drizzle it on top after baking.
  • Sprinkle different nuts on top (any you like) for a different flavour.

A close up of a pistachio muffin cut in half with white chocolate drizzled on top

Top Tips for Making Pistachio Muffins

  • Make sure to use large eggs at room temperature.
  • Your butter must be softened, check out our post for the easiest way to softened butter (in 5 mins).
  • Make sure your pistachios are unsalted.
  • To check the muffins are done insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin, if it comes out clean they are cooked. If the toothpick has any wet batter on it then cook for a few minutes longer.
  • let the muffins cool completely before serving.
  • The muffins will keep well for up to 5-7 days or can be frozen. Thaw as needed and crisp up in a hot oven.

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Pistachio Muffins

These Pistachio Muffins are super easy and effortless! Whipped up in a food processor and topped with white chocolate chips and pistachios for extra crunch! These soft and fluffy muffins are the perfect grab and go snack or relax with a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Modern Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 319kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pistachios shelled and unsalted (150g)
  • 1.5 cups self raising flour 220g
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar 200g
  • ½ cup butter softened at room temperature (115g/1 stick)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream 260g
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Topping

  • 1-2 tbsp white chocolate chips plus extra melted white chocolate for drizzling if desired.
  • 1-2 tbsp roughly chopped pistachios

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line a muffin pan with 12 muffin cases.
  • Put the pistachios in a food processor and blitz to a fine crumb.
  • Tip out into a large bowl and mix with the flour and sugar until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add all ingredients (except topping ingredients) into the food processor and blitz for a few seconds until thoroughly combined (it only takes a few seconds so don't over mix).
  • Spoon the mixture into muffins cases and top with white chocolate chips and roughly chopped pistachios.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely
  • If desired, drizzle with extra melted white chocolate.

Notes

  • Make sure to use large eggs at room temperature.
  • Your butter must be softened, check out our post for the easiest way to softened butter (in 5 mins).
  • Make sure your pistachios are unsalted.
  • To check the muffins are done insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin, if it comes out clean they are cooked. If the toothpick has any wet batter on it then cook for a few minutes longer.
  • let the muffins cool completely before serving.
  • The muffins will keep well for up to 5-7 days or can be frozen. Thaw as needed and crisp up in a hot oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Anita
    February 23, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Wow, first time adding pistachios in my muffins and my family is raving about it. I guess I’ll be baking with more pistachios from now on. 🙂5 stars

  • Reply
    Danielle
    February 23, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Now this is the muffins recipe to keep handy. Fantastic muffins and a very easy recipe to follow. Just perfect for what I need!5 stars

  • Reply
    Anjali
    February 23, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I absolutely love pistachios but I rarely ever bake with them!! These muffins look perfectly sweet and great for an easy weekend brunch! I think my kids would love them too!5 stars

  • Reply
    Tisha
    February 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    These pistachio muffins look great! Love the addition of white chocolate chips, gives it that little added extra yumminess!5 stars

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    February 23, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    What a fantastic flavor combination in these muffins. I can’t wait to taste them.5 stars

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