Orange Pistachio Muffins

Apr 17, 2017

Orange Pistachio Muffins
Gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian
from Living Luxe Gluten Free

Pistachio gelato inspired this recipe. And every bit as much as the Italian delizia after which it’s modeled, my orange pistachio muffin recipe enchants the taste buds. Orange zest and sugary crumbles add a sweet touch to these nutty, buttery muffins, which go perfectly alongside morning espresso. Like anything inspired by the Italians should be, my orange pistachio muffins are easy on the eyes, and their gluten-free, lactose-free texture and taste are pleasing on the palate.

2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup pistachio pieces, finely chopped
2 tsp. gluten-free baking powder
1 tsp. xanthan gum
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ cup lactose-free butter, softened
½ cup lactose-free milk
2 eggs
½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract



Crumbled sugar topping
¼ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. lactose-free butter, softened
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. orange zest
¼ cup pistachio pieces, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners.

To make crumbled sugar topping, stir together flour, butter, sugar, and orange zest. Stir in pistachio pieces and set aside.

To make muffins, combine flour, sugar, pistachio pieces, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk together butter, milk, eggs, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Stir flour mixture into liquid mixture until flour is just moistened, being careful not to over stir.

Pour muffin mixture into pan, filling cups about ¾ full. Top each muffin with a small amount of sugar topping. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate tray. Continue baking until muffins are golden brown around the edges and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of a muffin, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool in pan for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve or transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Serves: 12 to 15

Active Prep: 30 to 35 minutes

Note: These muffins taste best if prepared when oranges are fresh and in season. For sweeter muffins, use an all-purpose flour with rice flour. For preparation without rice flour, Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Flour works perfectly.

Calories: 190; Total Fat (g): 11; Saturated Fat (g): 3; Cholesterol (mg): 29; Sodium (mg): 100; Potassium (mg): 100; Total Carbohydrate (g): 21; Fiber (g): 1; Sugar (g): 5; Protein (g): 3. Content per serving. Assumes 15 servings.






Michelle Lee is author of The Young Skin Diet (Finalist, 2016 The Wishing Shelf Book Awards) and Living Luxe Gluten Free (nominated for two James Beard Foundation Book Awards). Learn more at



Lee shares recipes and health tips on “Delicious Dishes with Michelle Lee” via podcast on iTunes, Google Play and SoundCloud:
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In addition to her culinary work, Ms. Lee is an award-winning economics and business consultant who has been featured in various publications, including Forbes, for her research. Ms. Lee holds a degree in economics and an MBA.

Ms. Lee’s new book, The Young Skin Diet, is based on her survey of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies. The Young Skin Diet reveals the six principles of nutrition to rejuvenate skin, as well as over 75 recipes, skin treatments, meal plans and everyday habits to make skin young again. Available for purchase at Vroman’sAmazonPages: A Bookstore, and Barnes & Noble.

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Praise for Michelle Lee’s works:

“…entertaining, informative…” – Kirkus Reviews

“insightful” – GFF Magazine

“highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review



More recipes by Michelle Lee:
Rejuvenating Mykonos Mediterranean Salad from The Young Skin Diet
Restorative Hot Honey Fruit from The Young Skin Diet
Buffalo Sprouts from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Pretty, Powerful Pasta from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Indian Jalfrezi Chicken from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Granola from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Crispy Steak Fries from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Spiced Salmon with Curry Dip from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Chocolate Mint Truffles
 from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Skin-Brightening Coconut Oil Exfoliant from The Young Skin Diet
Omega-3 Garlic Barramundi with Mushrooms & Wild Rice
Collagen-Boosting Strawberry-Melon Refresh
No-More Inflammation Honey & Olive Oil Mask
The Ageless Ms. Fit Burger
Caramelized Pear & Fig Pizza






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