3medium bananasripe (if unripe, pop them in the oven at 300F for 10 minutes) - mashed
⅓cupvegetable oilsave 1 tsp for greasing muffin tray
1cupwhite whole wheat flourcan also use regular flour
½cuppistachiospulsed in food processor
1tablespoonolive oilfor greasing the muffin pan
¼cuppistachiosroasted and lightly salted
Optional matcha glaze:
3tablespoonwateradd more as needed
For the muffins:
Preheat the oven to 400F
Ripen the bananas if needed. Then, smash the ripe bananas with a fork in a mixing bowl
Add the vegetable oil, almond milk, egg, sugar, vanilla syrup and matcha powder to the bananas and mix well (either by hand or in the stand mixer)
Once mixed well, add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pulsed pistachios
Mix this until it forms into a batter like consistency - typically, once the white splotches of flour are gone, the batter is ready
Grease a 12 muffin tray with some olive oil or greasing spray
Scoop batter evenly into all the cups, taking care not to fill more than ⅔ the height
Bake for 5 minutes, turn the oven down to 350F and then bake for another 15 minutes - slip a fork into one of the muffins. If it comes out clean, you're good to go. If it sticks, bake for 2-4 more minutes until a fork inserted into the muffin comes out clean!
Enjoy your delicious muffins as breakfast or dessert!
For the optional matcha glaze:
Add 1 tbsp of water to 1 tbsp of matcha and mix well till it forms a smooth mixture
In a small mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar, the matcha mixture and the remaining water
Continue whisking until it forms a sauce like consistency - typically 3 minutes or so (if it clumps, add more water to think it down a bit)
Glaze your muffins with this glaze, let them stand for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
Be careful not to over mix the batter - this can make the muffin really hard!
You can serve this with a dollop of whipped cream if you want to make it even more of a dessert (or with vanilla bean ice cream, oh yum!)
You can totally leave out the matcha if you don't want that flavor or don't have it on hand - the pistachio muffins are delicious without matcha too.