American Pistachios White Chocolate Muffins

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Yield: 
6 muffins
Ingredients: 

Dough

½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1 pinch of salt
The zest of ½ lemon
2 egg yolks
3 egg white
¼ cup pistachio grain
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp cream of tartar

Garnish

2 teaspoons: American pistachio grain
1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar

Instructions: 

Whisk flour, baking soda and the cream of tartar in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy; add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture, white chocolate chips, lemon zest and pistachio grain.

In a separate bowl, combine egg whites and a pinch of salt; use an electric mixer to whip into stiff peaks. Gently stir the egg whites into the muffin batter until well mixed. Divide the batter into 6 lightly greased muffin tins or 6 paper muffin cups. Mix 2 teaspoons of American pistachio grain with 1 ½ tsp of granulated sugar; sprinkle the tops of the muffins.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 10-12 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin. Toothpick should come out clean. Remove muffins from the muffin tin, place on rack and cool for 20 minutes before removing from the muffin cups.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!