Banana Pistachio French Toast

6 servings.

1 cup Sugar
½ cup Shortening
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Milk
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Mashed banana
1 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios

2 Eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon Nutmeg


Beat sugar with shortening, eggs and milk until smooth. Mix flour, baking soda and salt. Mix into first mixture. Fold in bananas and add 3/4-cup pistachios. Turn into greased 8 ½ x 4 ½ -inch loaf pan. Sprinkle remaining pistachios on top. Bake at 350°F., for 1 hour or until a pick comes out dry. Cover bread loosely with foil when it gets to desired color, and continue baking.

Cut ¾-inch thick slices of pistachio banana bread. Dip in well-beaten egg and nutmeg mixture until saturated; fry in buttered pan until golden, turning once.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 636 calories, 13 g protein, 30 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 80 g carbohydrates, 40 g sugars, 4 g fiber, 134 mg cholesterol, 358 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!