Banana Pistachio Mousse Chef Chao Zhang

Ingredients Metric Grams Metric High-Volume Comments
Banana 2
California Pistachios As needed
Banana Mousse 75 g 750 g
California Pistachio Mousse 75 g 750 g
Gelatin Leave 4 each 40 each
Cream 300 g 3000 g
Lemon Juice 6 g 60 g
Rum 5 g 50 g
Total 461 g 4610 g


1. Peel banana and mash into puree, set aside;
2. Remove pistachio shell, place in oven preheated to 100℃ (upper/lower element) for 10 minutes; once ready, crush into small pieces and set aside;
3. Place gelatin in ice water until softened;
4. Place milk in double boiler to heat, add gelatin and stir until completely incorporated;
5. Allow the milk to cool in room temperature, then separate into 2 150g portions; add banana puree in one portion and pistachios in the other;
6. Add 3g of lemon juice, 3g of rum nd 150g of cream in banana milk, blend evenly until it turns into mousse texture;
7. Add 3g of lemon juice, 2g of rum and 150g of cream in pistachio milk, blend evenly until it turns into mousse texture;
8. Squeeze half of banana mousse into mold, fill remaining mold with pistachio mousse;
9. Refrigerate mousse for 2 hours; once removed, use hair dryer or hot towel to unmold; decorate mousse with pistachios before serving.

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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!