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Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Pistachio Muffins with Vanilla Bean Glaze

These cranberry orange pistachio muffins are made with whole wheat flour and no refined sugar! They're sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a vanilla bean glaze!

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Muffins, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA


For the muffins

  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used 2%, but any kind is fine)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour (not regular whole wheat, this is a finer ground variety)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed


  1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Spray a standard muffin tin liberally with nonstick spray, or line with liners. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, yogurt, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and melted butter. Set aside.

  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, orange zest, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until just incorporated. Fold in the cranberries and pistachios. Spoon into muffin tins and sprinkle with turbinado sugar if desired.

  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in the tins, then remove and cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.

  5. While muffins are baking, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla bean seeds, and milk until combined. I start with 2 tablespoons of milk, and I add the extra tablespoon if it seems too thick. Once muffins are cooled, drizzle with glaze and devour!