Mini Pistachio Cakes

Rating: 
Yield: 
10 Pieces
Ingredients: 

1 ¼ cup American pistachios, shelled and finely chopped
4 carrots, washed, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup butter, softened
1cup sugar
6 eggs
1 ½ cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/3 cup softened
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
Butter to grease
4 cups of appro
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350° F (320° F, convection oven)

Beat the butter and sugar until it is fluffy. Mix in eggs one after the other and stir the batter until it
forms a thick foam. Whisk flour and baking powder; stir into wet ingredients.

Carefully stir in oatmeal, vanilla, pistachio nuts and carrots; pour equally into 10 buttered large muffin tins and bake at 350° F (convection oven 320° F) until they are golden brown (about 35-45 minutes). Let the cakes cool down on a wire rack; sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Tip: You can decorate the cakes with ribbon and colorful labels for a beautiful gift to someone special.

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: about 35 minutes

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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!