Pistachios are rich in antioxidents and phytochemicals. They are a great source of vitamin E, B complex groups of vitamins and minerals, like copper and iron. They are known to lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase good levels.
We had a bag of pistachio nuts in the cabinet calling out to be utilized and I had a sweet tooth screaming at me to be satisfied.
The Peanut Energy Bars I make from time to time were the inspiration for these beauties.
These are so easy to create and so very satisfying.
Homemade Pistachio Granola Bars
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups rice cereal
- 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, honey, and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave and mix in vanilla extract. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly making sure every bit of dry ingredient is covered with the peanut butter mixture.
Pour half of the mix into an 8×10 baking pan. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips on top. Pour remaining mix on top and cover with remainder of chocolate chips. Press down into pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let set for 2 hours or more. Cut and enjoy :)