Chocolatey Chewy Pistachio Brownies

Rating: 
Yield: 
24 brownies.
Ingredients: 

1/2 cup Cocoa
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup Shelled natural American pistachios, chopped
6 tablespoons Butter or margarine, melted
1 Large Egg
1/4 cup Milk
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)

Chocolate Glaze: Combine 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons butter or margarine in a glass measuring cup. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to blend, adding 1 tablespoon powdered sugar.

Instructions: 

In mixing bowl, combine cocoa, sugar, flour, baking powder, chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped pistachios. Add melted butter, egg and milk; mix just until ingredients are blended. Scrape batter into oiled 9-inch square baking pan. Bake in preheated 350° F. oven, 23 to 25 minutes or until center is baked. Do not overbake. Cool slightly; spread with Chocolate Glaze. Sprinkle with remaining 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!