Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti By: Carol Kicinski

2 dozen biscotti

2 ½ cups Pastry quality gluten-free flour blend
½ teaspoon Kosher salt or fine sea salt
2 teaspoons Baking powder
2 Eggs
¼ cup Olive oil
½ cup Agave
2 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract
1 Lemon, finely zested and juiced
1 ½ cups Roasted, salted American pistachios
1 cup Dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 300˚ F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.

Put the flour, salt and baking powder in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on low to combine. Add the eggs, olive oil, agave, vanilla, lemon zest and juice. Start the mixer on low then turn it up to medium to mix in the ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl once. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries. Divide the dough evenly putting half on each of the prepared baking sheets and, with wet hands, shape into logs or ovals about 9 by 3 inches.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the dough feels firm to the touch and is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 350˚ F. Cover each log with a doubled over tea towel. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Remove the logs from the baking sheet. Using a thin, sharp knife cut the biscotti into ½ inch pieces on the diagonal. Place the biscotti back on the baking sheets and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden browned.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 235 calories, 3 g protein, 6.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 21 g carbohydrates, 9 g sugars, 2 g fiber, 15.5 mg cholesterol, 103 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!