If you know me, you know I love a fab muffin on a weekend. Even though I’ve whipped up upwards of 20 different muffin recipes, a new one always pops into my head. Lately I’ve been craving all things pistachio. I don’t know if it stems from my old affinity for ready made pistachio pudding lol (true story) or the fact that I love the color or almond extract..
but I’m just all about pistachio concepts!!
Growing up we always had pistachio ice cream in the freezer. I feel as though it was my dads favorite lol. While my love for all things pistachio didn’t come until later, there is something about the flavor that just keeps me coming back.
What’s fab about these vegan Pistachio Muffins, is everything! It’s my staple muffin recipe, has minimal ingredients, no dairy or eggs, packs less sugar than most recipes, packed with spinach for a vibrant color, offers a rich pistachio flavor, buttery soft, has aesthetic appeal, perf for St. Patricks Day, perf for spring, and is a pistachio lovers dream!!
If you love all things pistachio or fresh modern vegan recipes, you’re going to love these new vegan Pistachio Muffins!!
Heat oven to 375 degrees F., line 8 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners. For standard-size muffins line 10 muffin cups. (optional) Fill the remaining cups with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to help the muffins bake evenly.
To a high power blender or food processor add melted coconut oil, sugar, mashed banana, spinach, almond milk and almond extract. Blend until smooth. If the mixture is too cold and coconut oil begins to solidify, simply pop in the microwave for a few seconds.
Add wet to dry ingredients lightly combine. Do not over mix. (The muffin batter will be quite thick) Fill batter into the muffin cups.
Top with chopped pistachios. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the middle and comes out clean.
The larger you make the muffins the longer it will take to cook thru. After 5-7 minutes make a tent with aluminum foil and continue baking. I do this with all muffins to preserve the tops!
If you’d like to have pistachios throughout the muffin simply combine the wet and dry ingredients then fold in the pistachios.
I typically do 1/2 cup sugar, but decided to make these a little sweeter with 2/3 cup!