Power Pistachio Bars

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Yield: 
12 bars
Ingredients: 

1 ¼ cups Oats
¾ cup Pistachio grain (finely process shelled unsalted pistachios into granules)
1/3 cup Almond slices:
½ cup Raisins, packed
6 tablespoons Honey
4 tablespoons Pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
2 tablespoons Maple syrup

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Stir together the dry ingredients (oats, almond, pistachios, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds) until well mixed. Add the honey and knead with hands until all is well mixed. Spread the dough over the paper-lined baking pan; press to evenly distribute the dough.

Cover the dough with baking paper and hand-press again. Remove the baking paper and put in the oven 325 °F for 10 minutes; dough should still be moist. Cool, and cut into bars.

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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!