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Pistachio Chai Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Pistachio Chai Muffins with Lemon Glaze

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


These pistachio chai muffins bake up fluffy and sweet with the cozy flavors of chai and sweet nuttiness of pistachios. The lemon glaze drizzled over top brightens up all the flavors!



For the Muffins:

  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk (or buttermilk)

For the Glaze:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


For the Muffins:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a muffin pan or line the cups with paper liners.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, flax, lemon zest, and half of the chopped pistachios in a large bowl.
  • Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and oil and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract.
  • Alternately add in the dry ingredients and the milk, mixing after each addition. Do not overmix the batter.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle the remaining pistachios over the top.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden and set. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes and then remove to cool on a wire rack.

For the Glaze: 

  • Whisk together the lemon juice and sugar until smooth.
  • Lightly drizzle the glaze over the cooled muffins.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: breakfast

Keywords: pistachio chai muffin, chai muffin, pistachio muffin, pistachio muffin recipe, lemon glaze