Pistachio Orange Muffins

Rating: 
Yield: 
18 muffins.
Ingredients: 

3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter or margarine, room temperature
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Grated orange peel
1 cup Plain yogurt
1/4 cup Orange juice
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Coarsely chopped, shelled natural American pistachios
Pistachio Streusel Topping (recipe follows)

Instructions: 

Cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs until well blended. Stir in orange peel. Combine yogurt and orange juice; set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Alternately blend flour and yogurt mixture with creamed mixture. Stir in pistachios. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel on top of muffins. Bake at 375 °F. 12 to 14 minutes, until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
Pistachio Streusel Topping: Combine 1/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon until mixture resembles corn meal. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped shelled natural American pistachios.

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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!