Pistachio Muffins

Last week I shared the recipe for the cranberry orange oat muffins that I made for Christmas morning. Today I’m popping in to share the other festive version I baked, pistachio muffins.

Pistachio Muffins

Pistachio Muffins

Recipe adapted from Tasty Little Crouton

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (you could use brown sugar if no coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 cup ground pistachios, plus extra for topping
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup oil of choice (coconut or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the flours, brown sugar, ground pistachios, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Combine the egg, milk, applesauce, oil, and extracts, then add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Scoop the mixture into 12 greased muffin tins or muffin tin liners.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining pistachios on top of the muffins.
  6. Bake 20-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Pistachio Muffins

This muffin was another light muffin. It was definitely nutty, but the pistachio flavor wasn’t overwhelming at all. I wouldn’t recommend using too many more pistachios than this recipe calls for because I think that could potentially be too much.

Pistachio Muffin

These buggers are a great option for a festive occasion, something you could make for St. Patrick’s Day, or another perfect snack/breakfast to have on hand.

Pistachio Muffins

I loved these and can’t decide if I liked the cranberry orange oat or pistachio more. You guys will just have to bake both and let me know!

–Let’s chat–
What’s your favorite nut to bake into a muffin? Have you ever tried pistachio muffins before?

Cranberry Orange Oat Muffins

This year I baked two different muffins recipes to bring to my parents’ house on Christmas morning. I wanted to make my muffins as festive as possible, so I decided to go with red (cranberry orange oat) and green (pistachio) as my theme. Today I’m sharing the recipe for the cranberry orange oat version with you guys. I would say this is one of the most delicious muffin recipes I’ve ever made! Seriously. You have to try them.

Cranberry Orange Oat Muffins

Cranberry Orange Oat Muffins

Recipe adapted from Texanerin Baking

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons wheat bran
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1.5 cups quick oats
  • 1.5 cups dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup boiling water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (including zest).
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, stirring in the boiling water last.
  4. Let the batter sit for at least 15 minutes before filling greased muffin tins or muffin liners. I let my batter sit overnight in the fridge, and I filled my muffin liners to the top.
  5. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Remove muffins from pan, cool, and enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Oat Muffins

This recipe makes a dozen muffins. They came out cakey (love) and light. The cranberry and orange zest kept a sweet taste to them despite the recipe not having any added sugars. I don’t normally like a lot of orange flavored things, but this zest was subtle and not overbearing. If you wanted to add a stronger orange flavor, I’d probably recommend zesting another orange.

Cranberry Orange Oat Muffins

These are perfect for any festive occasion or a quick grab and go nutritious snack. If you try them, I hope you like them as much as I did.

–Let’s chat–
Do you like orange flavored foods? What’s the best muffin recipe you’ve ever made or tried? 

I’ll share the pistachio version soon!

Friday Randomness

Good morning, and happy Friday!  It’s super exciting that it’s already the weekend, but I bet next week will drag fo sho.

Here’s some Friday randomness for you!

Are you feeling ab-tastic yet?
Today is Day 4 of the 31 Day Abs Challenge, and your challenge is to focus on a part of your core other than abs!  Links to the exercises can be found in this post.  Tomorrow you have a rest day, and then Sunday I’ll post next week’s challenges.

Friday Focus Back

 

Some new workout jams, mmkay?

New Year's Workout Playlist

 

Best Body Bootcamp
…yep, I signed up again.  How could I not?!  Tina is the best.  It starts up again next week.  This is round 4, but round 3 for me!

best body bootcamp

 

Attention popcorn lovers!
Unreal new delicious twist for cases of the munchies, thank you Women’s Health

Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn

 

What I’m watching now…
…now that Homeland is over that is. 

shameless

Tim and I trying to catch up so we can watch the new season when it’s back on again.

 

New desk material…

keep calm and kickbox on

Love.

And some other things you may or may not care about:

  • I have been so, so, so sore from my New Year’s Day workout all week.
  • Happy to have Erica back in class yesterday!  Booty blasters were in order for her return.
  • My WordPress blog account sent me a 2012 annual report and told me my top 5 most frequent commenters are Monique (115 comments), my mom (89 comments), Ashley P (44 comments), Liz (37 comments), and Jen @ Nutcaseinpoint (36 comments).  I dare you to try to beat their records this year!  (Thanks, ladies!)
  • Made my own salad dressing for the first time this week.  I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to buying bottles or jars?
  • Can it be warm again yet?  I think I’m ready to start planning my next vacation.
  • Before I do that though, still gotta take down the Christmas stuff.  I usually like to wait for the REAL 12 days of Christmas (the 12 days after Christmas that take you through January 6th, Epiphany… did anyone else know that?) to take down my Christmas decorations.  I hate un-decorating!
  • I have a ton, ton, ton of recipe posts coming your way.

That’s about it!

Leave a comment with some randomness of your own, or on anything I wrote about today.  How are the abs doing, what tv show are you watching now, what’s on your desk at work, any new favorite snack or workout song I should know about?  When do you un-decorate for Christmas?  Ever make your own dressing?

Hope everyone has a fantastically relaxing weekend ahead, after you get those back moves in!