Although muffins are often considered a healthy alternative to donuts for breakfast, these baked treats can be quite high in calories. Because pistachios are high in fat and calories themselves, pistachio muffins are particularly high in calories and may not be appropriate for dieters.
The online food database MyFitnessPal reveals that each pistachio muffin contains 490 calories. If you consume the recommended daily intake of 2000 calories per day, then one muffin provides nearly 25 percent of your daily calories. According to MayoClinic.com, it would take more than two hours of weightlifting to burn off the calories in one pistachio muffin.
Pistachio muffins are high in calories due in part to the high fat content. MyFitnessPal notes that just one pistachio muffin contains 25 g of fat. However, just 5 g of this fat is saturated. While fat is high in calories, the Harvard School of Public Health explains that unsaturated fat may reduce your risk of heart disease.
Pistachio muffins are also rich in carbohydrates. The nutrition facts at MyFitnessPal note that each muffin contains 58 g of carbohydrates, with 32 g of sugar and just 1 g of fiber.
Pistachio muffins are low in protein. MyFitnessPal notes that one pistachio muffin contains 9 g of protein, just 2 g more protein than one egg contains.