Pistachio Orange Granola by Art Smith

8 servings.

1 cup Unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons Flax seed oil
1/3 cup Maple syrup
Grated zest of 2 large oranges
4 cups Old -fashioned (rolled) oats
1 cup Pistachios
1/3 cup Honey
2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup Sesame seeds
1 cup Chopped dried fruits including dates, apples, apricots


Position racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 375° F.
Spread the coconut on a baking sheet. Bake on a center rack, stirring often, until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
Bring the flax seed oil, maple syrup and orange zest to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Place oats, pistachios, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and sesame seeds in a bowl and toss well with saucepan ingredients. Spread mixture on baking sheets.
Bake the mixture in a 375° F. oven, stirring often, switching the position of the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking, until the granola is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Stir the granola into the bowl of coconut along with dried fruit. (The granola can be stored at room temperature in airtight containers for up to 1 month.)
Serve with Greek yogurt.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 500 calories, 10.5 g protein, 24 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 69 g carbohydrates, 32 g sugars,10 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 13 mg sodium.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!