Pistachio Pudding Muffins

Pistachio Pudding Muffins

(12 servings)    Printable Version
  • 1 package (3.5 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 6-ounce container low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter - melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips - optional
I made these muffins specifically for St. Patrick's Day, but they'd be great any time of year. The secret ingredient (or maybe not-so-secret due to the recipe name) is pistachio pudding mix. It adds a nice flavor to muffins and a light green tint. I added a drop of green food coloring to the wet ingredients in the batter to get a little more green. The chocolate chips are optional, but I highly recommend them. The chocolate plays really well with the pistachio in the muffin and the vanilla in the frosting. For anyone interested, I used a #233 pastry tip to get that funky green spaghetti look to the frosting. (This recipe was created, tested and photographed in March 2014.)


Pistachio Pudding Muffins


How To Make Pistachio Pudding Muffins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 12 muffin cups with muffin papers or by spraying generously with cooking spray.

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the pudding mix, sugar and baking powder and mix well.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add the yogurt, milk, butter and vanilla and mix will.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently with a spatula just until dry ingredients are moistened (don't over-mix). Fold in chocolate chips if using.

Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out dry (no batter sticking).

Allow muffins to cool completely before frosting.


Pistachio Pudding Muffin


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

2 and 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 and 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 drop green food coloring - optional

In a medium mixing bowl, mash together the powdered sugar and butter with a spatula. (This prevents powdered sugar from going all over the place when you mix.)

Using an electric beat, beat on slow until a frosting like texture begins to appear. Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add food coloring and mix until frosting is evenly colored.


Pistachio Pudding Muffin In The Grass



Green-tinted pistachio flavored muffins with vanilla frosting. Ideal for St. Patrick's Day.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Mr Breakfast for this recipe.

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