Pistachio Sport Bars


7 oz of pistachios
3.5 oz of banana chips
1.4 oz of cornflakes
1.8 oz of dried pears
1.8 oz of dried apricots
3.5 oz of honey
2.8 oz of brown sugar
1.4 oz of crisp oat flakes


1. Chop the pistachios coarsely and banana chips finely. Partly crush the cornflakes. Cut the pears and apricots into small cubes.
2. Heat the honey and sugar and mix in the pistachios, banana chips, cornflakes, pears, apricots and oat flakes. Spread the mixture in a square dish lined with baking paper (9.5 x 9.5 inches), approximately .6 inches deep, and press well into dish. (Alternatively, the bars can also be formed individually and then be put on a baking tray lined with baking paper.)
3. Bake the mix in a pre-heated oven at 360 °F (gas mark 3, convection oven 320 °F) for about 10-15 minutes. Cut into bars of approximately 1.6 x 2 inches and leave to cool on a tray.

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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!