If you’re looking for a snack or sweet treat that’s not too high in sugar, look no further! I made these pistachio oatmeal bars with Wonderful Pistachios and a handful of other ingredients. I love working with Wonderful pistachios because they’re versatile, delicious and nutritious.
Did you know that pistachios are the only nut that’s a complete protein? They’re also the only nuts that provide over 10% of the daily value for protein in one serving. Not too shabby!
Adding pistachios to your diet is also a great way to reduce your risk for heart disease. Studies suggest that eating just 1 ½ ounces of nuts (including pistachios) daily may reduce your risk of heart disease. It’s time to get crackin’!
In addition to heart health benefits, pistachios may make you a more mindful snacker. In-shell pistachios will slow you down since you have to crack each nut open to eat it. The shells serve as a gentle reminder that you’re almost done with your snack. Wonderful calls this the “pistachio principle”. A ½ cup serving of in-shell pistachios provides 160 calories.
Below is the simple recipe I made using rolled oats and Wonderful pistachios. I used part butter and part oil to keep the saturated fat content reasonable. Wonderful pistachios come in multiple flavors in-shell and without shells. I used lightly salted pistachios to keep the sodium content minimal. These bars freeze well and make a great between-meal treat with a glass of your favorite milk!
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
6 Tbsp. softened butter
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. orange extract
½ cup Wonderful, shelled lightly salted pistachios, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease an 8 x 8 pan using non-stick cooking spray
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, whole wheat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Add the butter and oil and beat well.
- Add the eggs and orange extract to the batter and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until combined.
- Stir in the pistachios.
- Pour the batter into the baking pan making sure the layer is even.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 17 to 22 minutes until the middle comes out clean when checked.
Makes 16 bars. Nutrition facts per serving: 167 calories, 9.7 grams fat, 3.4 grams saturated fat, 18 grams carbohydrates, 3.2 grams protein, 1.5 grams fiber, 35 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium.
#sponsored #ad #samples #wonderfulpistachios #getcrackin #pistachios #hearthealth
This recipe was featured on WCPO Cincy Lifestyle Feb 16, 2023