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Matcha Pistachio Muffins


These matcha pistachio muffins are delicious, easy to make, and a stunning shade of natural green!

Matcha Pistachio Muffins and tea cup on a white wooden surface.

I first made these muffins years ago after weeks of trying to come up with a fun green recipe for Saint Patrick’s day. After pretty much giving up, I spotted some green pistachio muffins at the supermarket. How about veganizing those? Perfect!

They really were perfect, in fact. I thought pistachios in muffins sounded nice, but their salty, nutty crunch is so perfect with the sweetness and fluffy texture of these muffins.

But I didn’t stop there. Because once I started working on the recipe it occurred to me that I didn’t need to use artificial food coloring to make a batch of green muffins. (Pistachio’s alone are not enough to turn a batch of muffins green, despite what my supermarket bakery would like me to think.) Matcha is naturally a beautiful shade of green, and it’s great for making all kinds of green foods. So I decided these muffins would be matcha muffins!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • All-purpose flour. The recipe also works with whole wheat pastry flour. I can’t promise results with any other flour varieties!
  • Organic granulated sugar. We’re using organic sugar to keep the recipe vegan.
  • Matcha. Matcha is powdered green tea, and you should be able to find it in the tea section of your supermarket. Matcha comes in different grades, with ceremonial grade being the highest. I highly recommend getting ceremonial grade matcha, which will give your muffins the best flavor and the most vibrant green color.
  • Baking powder.
  • Baking soda.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Nutmeg.
  • Lemon zest.
  • Salt.
  • Non-dairy milk. You can use just about any variety of milk that’s unsweetened and unflavored, such as soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk.
  • Canola oil. Feel free to substitute another baking oil, such as coconut or corn oil.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Shelled pistachios. Be sure to get pistachios that are roasted and salted.

How They’re Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Start by whisking your dry ingredients together in a large bowl: flour, sugar, matcha, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest and salt.
  • Stir the liquid ingredients together in a separate container: milk, oil, lemon juice and vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Liquid ingredients being poured into dry ingredients to make green muffin batter.
  • Stir everything together just until combined. Make sure you don’t overmix the batter or your muffins will turn out rubbery.
Hand stirring matcha muffin batter in a bowl.
  • Divide the batter among paper-lined muffins tins. You can make anywhere between 9 and 12 muffins with this recipe. Making 9 will give you nice big muffins with domed tops like mine, whereas 12 will give you muffins that are a tad smaller.
  • Sprinkle the tops with chopped pistachios, followed by a dusting of sugar.
Matcha Pistachio Muffin batter in a muffin tin.
  • Pop the muffins into the oven and bake them until they’re done. You can test for this by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin — if it comes out clean, they’re done!
  • Let your pistachio muffins cool for a bit before removing them from their tins and enjoying them!
Matcha Pistachio Muffins in a muffin tin.

Shelf-Life & Storage

Your matcha muffins will keep in a sealed bag or container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for about 3 months.


  • Chocolate chip pistachio muffins. Fold a cup of vegan chocolate chips into the batter before dividing it among the tins.
  • White chocolate pistachio muffins. Use vegan white chocolate chips instead of dark!
  • Berry matcha muffins. Fold a cup of raspberries or blueberries into the batter. Be careful though, as broken berries could discolor your beautiful green muffins!
  • Frosted matcha muffins. Don’t sprinkle your muffins with pistachios before baking them. Instead, top your muffins with vegan vanilla buttercream frosting, then sprinkle the frosting with pistachios.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can these green tea muffins be made gluten-free?

I’m not sure! I haven’t tested a gluten-free version of this recipe, but it might work with an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend.

Why didn’t my muffins come out as green as yours?

Usually if this happens it’s because you’re using a lower grade of matcha. Make sure to buy ceremonial grade.

What does matcha taste like?

Matcha has a mild grassy flavor. It’s so subtle that you might not even taste it in these muffins.

Stack of 3 Matcha Pistachio Muffins with strawberries and tea cup in the background.

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Matcha Pistachio Muffin with a Tea cup in the background.

Matcha Pistachio Muffins

These matcha pistachio muffins are delicious, easy to make, and a stunning shade of natural green!


  • 2
    all-purpose flour
  • ½
    organic granulated sugar,
    plus 2 teaspoons for topping
  • 1
    ceremonial grade matcha
  • 2
    baking powder
  • ½
    baking soda
  • 1
    ground cinnamon
  • ¼
    ground nutmeg
  • 1
    lemon zest
  • ½
  • 1
    unflavored and unsweetened non-dairy milk
    (room temperature)

  • cup
    canola oil
  • 2
    lemon juice
  • 2
    vanilla extract
  • ½
    shelled roasted and salted pistachios,
    roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 9 to 12 cups of a muffin tin with papers.

  2. Whisk the flour, ½ cup of sugar, matcha, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl or large liquid measuring cup, stir together the milk, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla.

  4. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until combined.

  5. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the pistachios on top, followed by 2 teaspoons of sugar.

  6. Bake the muffins for 15 to 19 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

  7. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack and allow the muffins to cool before removing them from the tin.

Nutrition Facts

Matcha Pistachio Muffins

Amount Per Serving (1 muffin (1/9 or recipe))

Calories 295
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 1.4g7%

Sodium 154mg6%

Potassium 293mg8%

Carbohydrates 37g12%

Fiber 2.4g10%

Sugar 12.3g14%

Protein 5.7g11%

Calcium 99mg10%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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