Pistachio-Chai Muffins

It’s a family tradition – every Saturday we get our caffeine fixes.  Super strong coffee from Philz – for the husband; non-fat spicy chai from Bello – for me.  Two cups. You know, kids should not be drinking that stuff anyways.

Every Saturday Lil’ Jem and I step on a warpath fighting over MY cup of chai.  I burn my mouth trying to chug up as much as I can before sharing it with the tireless almost-3-year-old nagger.

Non-fat spicy chai tea latte, thank you very much!

Yes, that photo posted last month, and its caption were not a joke.  We are both addicted!  This stuff is SO good!

So, of course I was super excited when I saw this recipe in my favorite Cooking Light!   

These are only 192 calories, and great for breakfast with some yogurt, or coffee, or chai, and they stay fresh pretty well!  Keep in an airtight container for a couple days, or wrap individually in plastic; place in a zip-top bag, and freeze.  They will keep for  month in the freezer.  To thaw, leave them at room temperature or re-heat.

I skipped the sugar glaze from the original recipe, and they were still delicious – airy, and moist, very light, and flavorful!

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  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 chai blend tea bags, opened
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs water

Yields 12 muffins


Preheat oven to 375⁰ F (190⁰ C).  Place 12 muffin-cup liners into the muffin cups, spray them with cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk the first 6 ingredients, set aside.

In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, butter, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, and the egg.

Make a well in a center of the flour mixture and pour the buttermilk mixture in it.  Stir just until moist.  Leaving a few lumps will actually make the muffins fluffier.

Divide batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  Sprinkle the nuts over it.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

The original recipe also uses a simple glaze: combine 1/2 tsp vanilla, powdered sugar, and 1 tbs water, stirring, util smooth.  Drizzle over the muffins.


  1. Sanyukta says:

    Wow…i’m a chai-addict too, no wonder coz here in India it’s apparently the fix for every social situation and emotional state :) anyway, the muffins look so awesome and you have such a lovely blog !! Off to the kitchen now :)

    PS : ever since i was a kid, i loved reading all those translations of Russian novels and folk tales i could lay my hands upon, and your name has always been my favorite ! :)

    • Anastasia says:

      Thanks ;-) I guess Indian chai as a social fix is better than Russian vodka ;-)
      I loved chai we had in India, though I could never reproduce it at home!

      • Sanyukta says:

        You know, about the chai-vs-vodka thing…i wonder what you would say about the fact that most of the 20s-crowd here prefers vodka to chai any evening :D
        And wow you’ve been to india ! that’s so great to hear ! i know about the chaos and weird traffic and stuff, but did you like it, all in all? :)

        • Anastasia says:

          It was a little difficult at first (as you said, chaos and weird traffic), but it was so beautiful at the same time! When I saw Taj Mahal, I got tears in my eyes it was so completely… perfect! Never a building did this to me. We only stayed for about 3 weeks, but we tried as much as we could. My husband actually tried to wear a dhoti when we went to Kerala, which was hilarious!

    • Anastasia says:

      We visited Jodhpur, that’s in Rajasthan, right? It was absolutely gorgeous! Though, we did get lured into buying some things that looked absolutely stunning at the shops but not so much at our home… ;-) My favorite wool shawl is from there, and I wish I could go back just to get 5 more of those!!! ;-) I know it’s dangerous because I’ll end up buying 20 colorful rugs that fit right in with Indian colorful culture but don’t compliment American beige at all… ;-) Have you ever visited the States?

      • Sanyukta says:

        Yeah…and jodhpur’s my birthplace ! :) That happens with the shopping you know…some things just look too good out there….try Jaipur (the state capital) the next time you visit…much more shopping options here :)
        No, i’ve never visited the States but have always wanted to…actually planning to get there for my next med degree :)

  2. chelseamack says:

    It’s as if this recipe were created just for me! Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing :)

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