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

2 eggs

1 tsp. orange extract

½ cup Wonderful, shelled lightly salted pistachios, chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 pan using non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, whole wheat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  4. Add the butter and oil and beat well.
  5. Add the eggs and orange extract to the batter and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until combined.
  6. Stir in the pistachios.
  7. Pour the batter into the baking pan making sure the layer is even.
  8. 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.

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This recipe was featured on WCPO Cincy Lifestyle Feb 16, 2023

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