Heart Cupcakes with Pistachios

12 cupcakes

¼ cup American pistachios
3 eggs
¼ cup + 1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sugar
1 ½ cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 ¼ cup frozen raspberries
10 oz. cream cheese
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Greased muffin tin


Preheat oven to 350° F (320° F for convection oven).

Shell the American pistachios, chop coarsely 3 tablespoons and chop finely the remaining tablespoon. Mix eggs, oil and buttermilk. Mix sugar, flour and baking powder and stir it into the liquid.

Fold raspberries and coarsely chopped American pistachios gently into the batter. Fill the batter into a
greased (heart) muffin tin (12 wells) and bake at 350° F (320° F, convection oven) for about 30-35 minutes. Let muffins cool down on a wire rack.

Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar with a fork, pour it into a piping bag with a star tip and pipe the
edge of the muffins. Decorate the cream cheese heart with the remaining American pistachios and serve.

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes

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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!