Coconut Pistachio Biscotti and How I’m Getting Healthy with Pistachios

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

Coconut Pistachio Biscotti. A great way to get some of those necessary nutrients as well as offering a ton of a yum-factor!

You know me. I love to find a healthy grab-and-go snack that will keep me fueled for a few hours until it’s the next meal time. There are so many unhealthy options we are presented with, that it’s easy to get side-tracked. Potato chips, cupcakes, sugary granola bars, and the list just goes on.

The awesome thing about being the main grocery shopper in my family is that I get to make most of the food-related choices in our home. When it comes to mid-day snacks, I’m definitely more apt to choose a healthy snack that tastes good and makes me feel good. One of my absolute favorite snacks is pistachios. I love pistachios because they’re delicious, nutritious and completely satisfying. In fact, with pistachios you get more nuts per serving than many other nuts – 49 kernels per ounce, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves and 18 cashews. Plus, a reduced serving of 30 pistachios makes a satisfying, deliciously healthy snack for only 100 calories! Pistachios were actually a big part of our food spread during the big football game last week, which is especially funny because of the creepy (ie hilarious) pistachio commercial that was played.

On top of just snacking on pistachios, I also like to use them in some of my favorite recipes. I decided to try my hand at biscotti for a second time (the first time was a flop). Let me tell you – this biscotti is nowhere near a flop! It’s quite the opposite – and using a mix of whole wheat flour and cornmeal instead of just flour, made this a snack I can get on board with!

Coconut Pistachio Biscotti. A great way to get some of those necessary nutrients as well as offering a ton of a yum-factor!

Coconut Pistachio Biscotti

Yield: makes about 15 biscotti

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

6 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 Tablespoon lemon zest (about one lemon)

1 cup craisins

1 cup shelled pistachios

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, coconut, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix eggs, sugar, oil, and zest on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed, add flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in craisins and pistachios.
  4. Transfer dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet and pat into a 14x4 inch log. Bake until firm and golden, 30-35 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack, and reduce oven to 325 degrees.
  6. Once cool, transfer log to a cutting board and, using a serrated knife, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange slices onto parchment-lined baking sheet and bake, rotating half-way through, until just golden around the edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely.
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I also wanted to let you know about the Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes happening on the Pistachio Health Institute’s Facebook page in your blog post. (Details below)

Here’s a little bit of what celebrity trainer, Valerie Waters, has to say about getting fit.

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I love what Valerie says about not having to do all 1-2 hours of exercise at once. This is a journey we are on, and it doesn’t have to be perfect right off the bat!

I hope you take just a few seconds to enter this awesome giveaway! 3 winners will receive “Shine like the Stars Sweepstakes” prize packs, which include:

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  • (1) $100 VISA Gift Card

To enter, you must Like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter your name, address and contact information here: http://bit.ly/1ccjp8i.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

What snacks are you incorporating into your daily routine to get healthier?

Comments

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Seriously, I’m all about baked goods that have good dunk-factor in my coffee. This biscotti totally wins that game!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      You should totally try it out! I’ve had biscotti recipes fail on me before – this one was so easy and pretty fail-proof!

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