Pistachios and Pumpernickel Crunch on Ginger Tofu Mousse

4 Servings

3 ½ tbsp. ginger
1 organic lime
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup apple juice
1 pkg. silken tofu
1 cup Greek yogurt
2-3 tablespoons guar gum
¾ cup unpeeled Californian pistachios
2 slices pumpernickel bread
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
2 tablespoons rice syrup
Mint for garnish


1. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Wash the lime under hot water and finely grate the peel. Squeeze out the lime juice. Put the ginger, lime juice, lime peel, sugar and apple juice in a pot; bring to a boil and reduce the liquid to about half.
2. Let cool. Drain silken tofu in a fine sieve. Puree tofu, ginger syrup, yogurt and guar gum with a hand blender. Place the cream in the refrigerator for about an hour.
3. Remove pistachios from the shells. Chop the pistachios and pumpernickel. Melt the butter and roast the pistachios and pumpernickel. Mix with cocoa nibs.
4. Take the tofu cream out of the refrigerator. Shape the cream with two tablespoons and place onto a plate. Sprinkle with the pistachios and pumpernickel crunch; drizzle with rice syrup.
5. Garnish with mint and serve immediately.

Nutritional information per serving: 415 calories, 24 g fat, 34 g carbohydrates, 16 g E.

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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!