Pistachio-Chai Muffins

Here is something that you might find odd. I’ve never really been able to make tea before. It either comes out too strong or not right. I’ve never tried Chai before either. Chai is a very interesting combination of flavors. It’s a spice blend of Cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. When these muffins were baking in the oven, I could definitely smell the cinnamon. The house smelled really good.

These muffins are only 5 points plus a piece and the best part about these muffins are, that they still have butter! There is also a recipe for Tuscan Lemon muffins, Bacon Cheddar Corn muffins, and Chocolate muffins that I want to try as well. I’ll be having a muffin party at our house. :) Can’t forget the the mimosas. :)

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Calories: 192 | Fat: 6.2g | Carbohydrate: 30.5g | Fiber: 0.9g | Protein: 3.9g
Points Plus: 5
Servings: 12

Ingredients from Cooking Light
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7 9/10 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 chai blend tea bags, opened
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1/3 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut open tea bags; add tea to flour mixture, stirring well. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and egg in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

3. Place 12 muffin-cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle nuts evenly over batter. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.

4. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon water, stirring until smooth. Drizzle evenly over muffins.

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