Pistachio Orange Muffins

18 muffins.

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)


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!