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Avocado Chocolate Chip Muffins with Pistachio Crunch

These moist Avocado Chocolate Chip Muffins with Pistachio Crunch are a delicious, healthier addition to any morning! Replacing the butter with avocado reduces calories, fat, and cholesterol in each bite, and the pistachios give them a lovely crunch that will make you look forward to breakfast again!

Yields 12 muffins     adjust servings

Preparation 10m Cook Time 21 hrs Total Time


    Pistachio Crunch

    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped

    Avocado Chocolate Chip Muffins

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 large ripe avocado, mashed
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 cup chocolate chips


    Pistachio Crunch:

    1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers, then toss with the chopped pistachios. Set aside.


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a standard muffin tin with baking spray, or line in with 12 silicone liners (SEE NOTES) and spray them well.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    3. Add avocado to a large bowl (or into a stand mixer) and beat until smooth. Add sugar and mix until well combined. 
    4. Add the egg and beat until completely combined. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and yogurt and mix well. 
    5. Add half of the flour mixture into the batter and mix until just combined. Repeat with remaining flour, mixing until just blended. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. 
    6. Divide the batter among each liner. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the batter.
    7. Bake for 21-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool 3-5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool. 


    Recipe Notes

    Using silicone liners in this recipe is very important to avoid sticking! With no oil from the butter being replaced in the recipe, the baked muffins will have a hard time releasing from paper liners, and you will lose quite a bit of muffin in the process. If you don't have silicon liners, be sure to spray the muffin tins generously with baking spray.

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