Matcha Green Tea Pistachio Muffins – Gluten Free

Marla Meridith

March 17, 2011

Green tea nut muffins for St. Patrick's Day breakfast


Green tea nut muffins for St. Patrick's Day breakfast

With St. Patricks Day here I wanted to bring you something green and festive. It has been fun watching all the Gunniess, BaileysIrish Brownie Bombs, corned beef and cabbage and soda bread recipes in the blogosphere. As you know I honor tradtions but I love to give them my own unique twist. With that in mind I combined two of my favorite green ingredients, matcha green tea and toasted pistachios.

Green tea nut muffins for St. Patrick's Day breakfast

I had not visited with my beautiful tin of matcha green tea powder in some time and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take it out. If you are not familiar with this powdered greed tea I highly suggest you add it to your “must try” list. It is a bit costly, but a little goes a long way. One can should last a good long time.

Green Tea Muffins with non stick fancy baking pan

Matcha is a japanese green tea that is dried and pulverized into a fine powder. It has a smooth rich flavor  and a gorgeous green color. It mixes directly into your beverage or recipe and does not need to be steeped or strained like leafy teas. It does not have a bitter taste like other teas tend to have when they are over brewed and tannins are released.

Heart plates with green tea muffins and pink fork

The combination of toasted pistachios and gluten free oat flour lends to a delicate crumbly texture. Generally I combine corn flour and oats when I bake gluten free. I this recipe I wanted to explore using just oats and I was very happy with the results.

Muffins with piped whipped cream frosting on heart dessert plates

These muffins are perfect anytime of day with tea, coffee or a tall glass of cold milk. Have fun piping some decorations with freshly whipped cream or lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting. I used my fun non stick tea cake/candy mold pan for this recipe.

Green tea muffins with pink heart plate, napkin and fork.

Have you ever tried matcha green tea? Do you ever use it in your cooking/baking?

Green tea muffins on bright multi-colored heart dessert plates.

I have a fun guest post today over at The Reluctant Entertainer called Little Bites for Little Ones. Please head over there if you have a moment.


Matcha Green Tea Pistachio Muffins – Gluten Free

Makes 24 mini muffins – 8-12 servings

  • You can purchase Gluten Free Oat Flour or make your own by taking 1 1/2 cups of GF Old Fashioned Rolled Oats and grinding it to a powder in a food processor.
  • Pistachio meal: Toast unsalted pistachios in the oven in a single layer on a sheet pan for about 10 minutes at 350˚F. Let nuts cool and then grind them to a meal in a food processor. Be sure to not grind them too much into a nut butter.
  • You can use any other nuts in these muffins if you do not have pistachios.
  • Corn flour would be good too if oats are not an option.
  • Mini muffin pans take a bit longer to bake than the tea cake pans. Adjust baking time accordingly.


  • 1 1/2 cups Oat Flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Pistachio Meal (ground pistachios)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 3/4 – 1 teaspoon Stevia Powder – adjust according to taste
  • or 5 tablespoons Organic Raw Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1 large Egg, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter or unrefined Coconut Oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup fat free Milk
  • 1/4 cup fat free Ricotta Cheese or fat free Greek Yogurt
  • Cooking Spray – or mini cupcake liners

{optional Green Tea Cream}

  • 6 ounces Heavy Cream or Light Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Vanilla Stevia Drops or Honey to taste
  • Matcha Green Tea Powder to sprinkle on top or mix into the cream


Muffins: Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a non stick mini muffin or tea cake pan with liners or cooking spray. In a medium bowl mix together dry ingredients. In a separate medium bowl mix together wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix together until well incorporated. Fill muffin pans leaving a little room at the top for expansion. Bake for about 10-13 minutes until a toothpick comes out crumb free. Let cool in pan and then transfer to rack.

Cream: Combine freshly whipped cream or whipped cream cheese with a few pinches of matcha powder and your favorite natural sweetener to taste. Pipe some designs on cooled muffins or spread cream with a spatula.

Store unfrosted muffins in a sealed container at room temperature for a few days. Transfer to the fridge up to a week or wrap tightly for longer term freezer storage. Add cream when served.

Matcha Green Tea Recipe Links


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  • brandi@BranAppetit
    Posted at 06:16h, 17 March

    I’ve never tried matcha green tea, but these sound great! And I love the fun shapes, too.

  • Katrina
    Posted at 06:45h, 17 March

    I’ve never cooked with matcha before. I have matcha green
    tea every day, but love this idea for muffins. I’ll take a look at
    some of the links you posted too. Yum!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:14h, 17 March

      Katrina: I love a steamy cup of matcha tea….especially when I am out for sushi. So many health benefits packed inside that powder too! I hope you enjoy my recipe links.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 06:45h, 17 March

    How fun are these??? You rock!! This is the first healthy
    green (as in St, Pattys Day green) recipe I have seen and I am so
    impressed!! Well done!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:12h, 17 March

      Amanda: I had to go green, but also had to do my healthy twist! I thought these might have baked up brighter-but subtle green will do 🙂

  • Rosa
    Posted at 07:30h, 17 March

    Happy St Patrick’s Day! Those look wonderful. Cheers,

  • Kiran
    Posted at 07:34h, 17 March

    I love green teas and pistachios! Perfect dessert for me

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 07:39h, 17 March

    I love using matcha… these look great!

  • Heather @ Heather's Dish
    Posted at 08:16h, 17 March

    The piping is too cute! These are beautiful 🙂

  • Lentil Breakdown
    Posted at 09:58h, 17 March

    Very creative! It’s a matcha made in heaven!

  • teresa
    Posted at 10:14h, 17 March

    Sweet~Girl~ Your treats are so UNIQUE…just like YOU!
    Passing~OUT big time over those heart shaped plates! And…the pink
    fork! LOVE LOVE LOVE! You make eating HEALTHY so FUN! xo

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:46h, 18 March

      Teresa: Aren’t those heart plates adorable! They come with little matching tea cups too. My friend gave us those at last years gorgeous Alice in Wonderland themed tea party I attended for a school fundraiser.

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 10:17h, 17 March

    What a terrific idea for making green muffins, love that
    it’s gluten-free and has nut flour for extra protein. Just curious
    about the texture, you say they had a delicate crumbly texture.
    Were they moist inside?

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:45h, 17 March

      Jeanette: Oh how I love your attention to detail. I would not call these moist, definitely more crumb like – but not too dry either. Since I used oats that I ground up in my food processor they were quite coarse. I bet a finely milled corn or oat flour would yield less crumb. You could also experiment with a little more ricotta or maybe some applesauce too. I would add 1/4 cup of one of those & perhaps adjust bake time a smidge. If you try let me know & I will report back if I do 🙂

  • carolinaheartstrings
    Posted at 11:52h, 17 March

    Those look and sound wonderful. And look very festive.

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 11:59h, 17 March

    These look so cute! I love the addition of the pistachios
    and matcha tea. Very creative!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    Posted at 12:27h, 17 March

    I’ve never baked with green tea, but love the idea of it.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Posted at 17:13h, 17 March

    Marla these look wonderful! I have never baked sweets/cupcakes with matcha/green tea BUT…I have a green tea tofu recipe on my site. I marinate the tofu in green tea, agave, ginger and then bake it. So good…pretty darn mild tasting b/c green tea is mild but it’s fun to play around with.

    Your pics, as usual, are amazing!!!



    • Marla
      Posted at 18:50h, 17 March

      Averie: I love the idea of that baked tofu with green tea. Pretty genius if you ask me. I gotta try something like that over here. I am gonna e-mail you right now about a get together….

  • george
    Posted at 18:12h, 17 March

    I have an intolerance to stevia; otherwise these sound amazing. Do you know what the substitution would be using agave/honey/sugar? (Any would be fine)


    • Marla
      Posted at 18:55h, 17 March

      George: I have not yet tested these with honey, sucanat, agave etc. I know the taste would be awesome! If I were to test it – I would probably start with 3 tablespoons of one of those sweeteners up to maybe 1/4 cup. Taste along the way to see if the batter is sweet enough. You might need to adjust baking times a bit. Again, I have not tested these muffins with those sweeteners. If you get to it first let me know. If I have a chance to try it out I will post the option & let you know 🙂

  • Kat @ Cupcake Kat
    Posted at 19:57h, 17 March

    These sound amazing. I love matcha

  • Prerna@IndianSimmer
    Posted at 20:57h, 17 March

    LOVE the combination of green tea and pistachio! I’ve
    recently got closer to a friend who is gluten intolerant and she
    has inspired me to cook and try more gluten free recipes and this
    one’s even more special for me now because of the fact that it has
    no gluten in it. Thanks so much for sharing Marla and a Happy St.
    Patrick’s day to you!

  • Min {Honest Vanilla}
    Posted at 22:57h, 17 March

    Hehe very cute four-leaf clove icing 🙂 Have a wonderful St
    Pat’s Day to you!

  • Angie's Recipes
    Posted at 23:00h, 17 March

    Green tea, pistachio and gluten free! wow I love this
    healthy and nutty treat.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Posted at 23:12h, 17 March

    Perfect! I love matcha, these look so delicious!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 04:30h, 18 March

    That reminds me I have some matcha green tea powder that I
    received as a gift a while back. I used it to make ice cream once
    and then forgot about it. I think the combination of that and the
    pistachios sounds wonderful.

  • Angie
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 March

    These look so good! Now I need dollies and heart-shaped
    plates too, very nice!

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 07:26h, 18 March

    What an inventive muffin, Marla. You put so much goodness
    in one little muffin and made them pretty at the same

  • fooddreamer
    Posted at 08:23h, 18 March

    I’ve been meaning to buy some matcha powder for a while
    now. A few years ago, Trader Joe’s carred a matcha green tea yogurt
    that was so good, but it must not have sold well because they
    stopped carrying it. Boooo! Your muffins look great!

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:31h, 18 March

      Fooddreamer: I love TJ’s. It is always a bummer when they carry something you love and then discontinue it. Simple to make your own green tea yogurt though. Made these green tea parfaits that we loved.

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 10:13h, 18 March

    Wow girl! These look great! Have a super weekend!

  • claudia lamascolo
    Posted at 17:17h, 18 March

    oh my goodness we made the same exact thing for this day
    and I am stunned you have the same pan! Well no one can say we
    stole each others idea! BTW I love the pan and the little bundt
    cakes… great minds do think alike! xo!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:13h, 18 March

      Claudia: No way!! Did you really do matcha pistachio muffins?? I have been waiting forever to use that pan. It is so cool! Need to experiment way more with it. Are you posting what you baked? I can’t wait to see.

  • Shaina
    Posted at 20:16h, 18 March

    So much fun! Perfect way to celebrate and go

  • Hannah
    Posted at 06:00h, 19 March

    Matcha is by far one of my favorite flavorful colorants! Pistachios rank high on the “green” list as well… In fact, I even have my own vegan matcha pistachio muffin, too: Great minds think alike? 😉

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:07h, 20 March

      Hannah: Thanks so much for sharing that link. Your version came out beautiful. The green color really pops when you add the white whole wheat pastry flour.

  • Joanne
    Posted at 06:48h, 19 March

    I always love your not-exactly-traditional takes on holiday favorites. Matcha is a favorite dessert flavor of mine, as is pistachio, so these muffins sound just perfect to me!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:58h, 20 March

      Joanne: “Not-exactly-tradtional” that’s me in a nutshell. Love stirring the pot in every which way! That is what I love about your recipes too. They help me think outside the box. Now we just need to live closer so we can share our experiments in the kitchen.

  • Marly
    Posted at 09:17h, 19 March

    What a delicious looking muffin. I knew when you mentioned it that this was something worth seeing. I see spinach in this little muffin’s future! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:37h, 19 March

      Marly: I gotta get on the spinach muffin concept asap. Lots of fun to be had with that green veggie. Such an inspiration what you did 🙂

  • Miri Leigh
    Posted at 16:17h, 19 March

    These look so creative and delicious. Thanks for

  • Lora @cakeduchess
    Posted at 20:16h, 19 March

    Hi Marla-I love how you combined matcha and pistachios in one yummy muffin! The piping is so pretty and I can’t believe these are so healthy too! Hope the rest of your weekend is lovely:)

  • Lynda
    Posted at 09:37h, 20 March

    I love the combination of matcha and pistachio in this recipe. I’ve flagged this one to try – thank you!

  • Priscilla
    Posted at 11:27h, 20 March

    Way to mix it up and put on the green for St. Patrick’s Day
    🙂 I’m not much of a baker and there are only two of us so I avoid
    making “sweets”, but you’re really creating some delicious, healthy
    baked goods here! I went to the Natural Foods Expo last weekend and
    the sheer number of products is mind boggling. Read your post on
    Stevia – great info, now maybe I’ll put some of those samples to

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:25h, 20 March

      Priscilla: Wish I had known you were at the Expo last weekend. I was there too. Hope you have the chance to start experimenting baking with stevia. I went from no baked goods (because of abstinence from sugar) to being able to enjoy them again—on my terms. You will not even know the difference when you use the right stevia products.

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    Posted at 12:18h, 20 March

    Love the naturally green ingredients and shamrock on top.
    Extra awesomeness points for being GF too =D.

  • Cate Holst
    Posted at 17:08h, 20 March

    These look fabulous! I love St Paddy’s Day…bring on the green

  • Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen
    Posted at 20:41h, 20 March

    These look great!! I love green tea and pistachios separately, I have never thought to put them together! I bet they were awesome!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:27h, 21 March

      Christina: They are so awesome. Just finishing that last few today for my snack. Must make another batch pronto! The green tea & pistachio is a great combo that I will now start using again and again.

  • grace
    Posted at 23:17h, 20 March

    matcha contributes such an awesome color to baked goods–great idea to make use of it for st patty’s day!

  • tinytearoom
    Posted at 02:48h, 21 March

    i’ve never come across pistachio meal before. this is very interesting! I love matcha green tea. I have yet to use it in desserts but I’m looking forward to it. These look so tasty!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:34h, 21 March

      Tiny Tea Room: I did not purchase the pistachio meal and I have not seen it in stores either. Almond meal is all over the place. Simply grind your own toasted pistachios in a food processor. Just be sure to watch that they don’t turn into a nut butter. They should package that stuff.

  • Kristen
    Posted at 12:23h, 21 March

    First of all, how cute is that pan? Love, love love it!
    This is such a brilliant recipe. I love that you toasted the pistachio’s. Yum!

    • Marla
      Posted at 17:54h, 21 March

      Kristin: I have had that pan forever and it has been waiting to be used. Finally. It will probably show up in many blog posts from here on out.

  • kellie @
    Posted at 09:01h, 22 March

    Those look so beautiful! I made some match tea ice cream with raspberries at the weekend but will have to try these little cuties soon. I have just started my own humble cancer nutrition and healthy recipe blog, and blogs like yours are such an inspiration. Thanks for the gorgeous, healthy post!

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:01h, 22 March

      Kellie: These muffins would pair so well with your green tea ice cream. Raspberries are delicious with green tea. Congrats on starting a new blog. I am sure you will be helpful & inspirational as well with your recipe posts.

  • Tracy
    Posted at 15:11h, 23 March

    These sound so fabulous! Love them!

  • Lisa @
    Posted at 12:46h, 26 March

    Ooh Marla~ Nice photos!
    I cook with oat flour all the time and LOVE it too.
    I’m soooo excited to cook with green tea and will post about soon…

    ps. Have you heard of liquid green tea extract?

    Have a fun weekend!
    ~Lisa 😉

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:02h, 26 March

      Lisa: I have heard of liquid green tea extract but have never used it. Do you recommend it and if so in what ways?

      • Lisa @
        Posted at 06:53h, 29 March

        Oh Marla, you have me thinkin’ now….I’m going to have to pick some up at my local health food store and try it out.
        My friend Mia has worked there for ever, and she know EVERYTHING about nutrition and supplements. We can ask her.

        If the flavor is mild, we can add a teaspoon or so to almost anything!

        • Marla
          Posted at 19:23h, 29 March

          Lisa: I wonder does the green tea extract have the bright green color? If so that could be very, very fun.

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 19:10h, 26 March

    You have been having a great deal of success with your gluten free recipes, Marla! That is a pleasure to see as there are so many that feel better eating less, or no gluten.

  • Trish
    Posted at 08:46h, 27 March

    This recipe is genius. What a great idea to add green
    naturally to foods with the matcha powder. And the pistachio flavor
    to boot, yum!

  • Pauline
    Posted at 21:50h, 19 June

    Ohhhh man! I just had a pistachio muffin last week! And this PALES in comparison to this amazing thing that you’ve created! The pistachio muffin wasn’t even real pistachio, but YOURS here has pistachio AND matcha! I love how you make it healthy too, because the one I ate was just a sorry excuse for indulgence.

    These look healthy, just sweet enough, and oaty! Definitely down my lane. Thanks for sharing!

  • Chantal
    Posted at 16:13h, 02 January


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    Can I get the nutritional info for these? The look delicious!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:50h, 08 September

      Hi Terri, I do not supply that info ~ but there are places on the web where you can find it. Good luck!

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