These delicious Pistachio Oat Cookie Bar Squares can easily be made vegan and gluten-free and are so pretty! Plus super quick and easy to make with only 8 ingredients including chocolate and coconut. They’re quite different from your typical holiday cookie, and yes they do stand out in a cookie crowd! Extra bonus they’re much healthier than your typical holiday cookie, but believe me no one will taste them and be disappointed. Let’s talk about that…
Pistachios are among the highest protein and lowest-calorie nut
These squares are adapted from a recipe in Jessica Murname’s wonderful book titled “One Part Plant”. Raw pistachios and oats are the main ingredients. Did you know pistachios are one of the most Vitamin B-6 rich foods around? Vitamin B-6 is helpful for blood sugar regulation and formation of hemoglobin. They’re also a good source of potassium and antioxidants, are among the highest protein and lowest-calorie nut, and their essential amino acid content is higher than any other nut–one of them being L-arginine which converts to nitric oxide in our body. Nitric oxide helps our vessels dilate improving blood flow.
I don’t know whether to call this crunchy goodness energy bars or cookies. They seem to bring out the child in everyone I share them with, and I think it’s because they’re a little reminiscent of rice krispie treats. That first crunchy bite is always followed by a smile. I think of them as energy bars and grab one when I’m headed out to Pilates or for a pick me up in the afternoon. But they are certainly yummy enough to eat as a sweet treat or dessert! Continue reading PRESENT GLO ENERGY BARS→
Moist and heart healthy Orange Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies! Sometimes you just need something yummy and slightly sweet and these fit the bill. This one involves a happy accident I must share because it makes such a difference in the flavor of these gems. Preparing to make a batch last week, I’d zested the orange, but our plans suddenly changed and I needed to do something with the fresh zest. I know I thought! I’ll put it in the ½ cup oil the recipe calls for and set it aside for the time being. As circumstances would have it, it was several days before the cookie-making resumed, and now I had the most lovely, orange-infused oil! A grand touch of serendipity. It really punches up the orange flavor, so I highly recommend it if you can wait that long to make them. My friend Kristy will be in town in a few days and I’m infusing oil now so I can serve these warm from the oven when she gets here. Continue reading Heart Healthy Orange Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies→