Chocolate Brownie with American Pistachio (Vegan Recipe)

20 servings

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
4 tablespoons fresh yeast
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup chopped pistachios Americans (by hand or with a mincer)
¼ cup chopped American pistachios for garnish
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup mineral water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
½ pound ripe banana


Preheat oven to 350° F

With a fork or in a blender puree the bananas. In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa and ½ cup chopped pistachios; mix well. Add the pureed bananas, oil, water and vinegar to this mixture. Mix well until all the ingredients are blended. Transfer the mixture into an 8-inch square pan and bake 15 minutes at 350° F. Let it cool on a rack. When completely cooled, cut into cubes.

Melt an ounce of chocolate in the microwave; glaze the cubes and sprinkle with the chopped ¼ cup of pistachios.

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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!