Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.
1/2 cup Dried apricots or pears
1/2 cup Dried apples
3/4 cup Golden raisins
1/2 cup Natural American pistachios, chopped
2 teaspoons Grated orange peel
2 teaspoons Orange juice
3 tablespoons Sifted powdered sugar
Process dried fruits, pistachios, orange peel and juice in food processor until mixture is finely chopped and sticking together in a mass, about 1 minute. Divide mixture into 16 equal pieces and shape into blocks. Coat blocks with powdered sugar, tap off excess sugar.
Note: If you do not have a food processor, finely chop fruits and pistachios together on cutting board (the nuts keep the fruit from sticking to knife). Combine fruit-nut mixture with orange peel and juice, then shape and coat as above.