Fruity Pistachio Bars

8 Servings

¼ cup dried dates and apricots, finely diced
1 ¼ cup American pistachios, shelled and coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ cup crisp and delicate oat flakes


Preheat oven to 320° F (275° F, convection oven).

Heat oil and honey with dates, apricots, American pistachios and oat flakes; mix. Smooth the fruit and American pistachios mixture about ½-inch thick on a lined baking tray. Bake at 320° F (275° F, convection oven) for about 30-35 minutes.

Cut the still slightly warm mixture into 8 bars (approximately 1 x 3 ½ inches); let it cool completely. Pack, and carry bar as desired.

Preparation time: 60 minutes
Baking time: 30-35 minutes

Nutritional Information per Serving: 207 calories, 4.5 g protein, 14 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrates, 13 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 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!