This 26 February 2022 marks the World Day of one of the nuts richest in health benefits. Yes, it is World Pistachio Day. A date that all food lovers have had marked on their calendars since 2007.
For this reason, on this day we bring you a recipe for pistachio muffins that you can make for breakfast, as a snack and yes, also to treat yourself to a little sweet treat after dinner.
In addition, we also tell you about all the health benefits of incorporating this nut into your diet.
Let’s get started!
How to make pistachio muffins?
This recipe yields approximately 20 normal sized muffins.
– 300gr of normal flour or oat flour if you want your muffins to be “lighter”.
– 250ml milk or vegetable milk.
– 200gr of white chocolate or dark chocolate 85%.
– 100g sugar/ Stevia/ erythritol.
– 100gr of peeled pistachios.
– 80gr butter or EVOO.
– 1 sachet of yeast.
– 1 egg.
– A pinch of salt.
– Melt the butter and let it cool.
– Chop the white chocolate and set aside. You can use the chopper of the blender or chop it into very small pieces with a knife.
– Chop the pistachios and set aside. You can use the chopper of a blender or a mortar and pestle.
– Mix the sugar with the butter. You can use a stick blender or a hand blender.
– Add the egg to the mixture and beat well.
– Add the milk to the mixture and whisk again.
– Heat the oven to 180º.
– Add the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt to the mixture and beat again.
– Finally add the pistachios and the white chocolate and mix the dough well.
– Fill the muffincapsules(link to capsules) that you are going to use and bake them in the oven for 30 minutes.
Benefits and properties of pistachios
We like pistachios. We like pistachios VERY much. Why? Because as well as enjoying recipes as tasty as the one we have just mentioned, eating this nut between meals is one of the best options for maintaining energy, especially if you do sport.
Besides, eating pistachios is always a good choice because they are a good choice:
Asian origin:This food originates from Western Asia and Asia Minor. Years later it moved to Mediterranean Europe and nowadays pistachio cultivation in Castilla-La Mancha is the leading pistachio tree in Europe in terms of production and surface area. This crop in our region now accounts for more than 82% of the pistachio surface area in Spain, with more than 46,000 hectares of the 56,000 hectares existing in the whole country, placing it at the head of production, also with 80% of the total in the national territory.
Note. To enjoy muffins as tasty as the ones in the recipe we have just shown you, you must wait between 5 and 7 years if the pistachios are yours, as the pistachio tree takes that long to bear fruit. But, let us tell you, it’s worth it
2. High nutritional value: Pistachios are one of the nuts richest in fibre (2.8 g per serving) and in vegetable proteins (6 g per serving). Its content of unsaturated and monounsaturated fats, linoleic acid and plant sterols helps to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. They also support eyesight, with nutrients such as riboflavin, lutein and zeaxanthin, which act as antioxidants and protect against sun damage.
Note. If you are an athlete you should know, if you don’t already, that pistachios strengthen bones and muscles and provide vegetable proteins, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, which also help to combat stress.
3. Ideal for taking care of your diet:Pistachios are one of the nuts with the fewest calories per serving (164 per 28.35g, about 49 pistachios), below hazelnuts, cashews and walnuts. This is because this food may contain fats that are not fully absorbed by the body.
Note. If you are on a diet, you can include portions of pistachios as a snack. eating nuts such as pistachios three times a week or more reduces the likelihood of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
4. Against diabetes:According to a study carried out by Dr. Mónica Bulló of the URV University of Tarragona, pistachios reduce blood glucose levels and improve insulin resistance.
5. They protect against cancer: A recent study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests a link between regular consumption of nuts, such as pistachios, and a reduced risk of developing different types of cancer, such as colon, pancreatic, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Pistachio = Happiness and, if you make this pistachio muffins recipe, even more so. Remember that as well as buying the ingredients, you also need the wrapping in which to present your sweets. At Grupo Vifra we have a wide variety of capsuleswith which to wrap all your creations.