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.
Oh Yum, this delicious bread is so moist and chocolaty! Pumpkin puree gives it a nice richness, and cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger add a mild but lovely spiciness. This is my first time baking with chickpea based gluten-free flour and I’m really happy with the texture and flavor.
This delicious plant-based salad is much like traditional chicken salad. In fact, after I mashed the chickpeas I got this lovely aroma that was remarkably like chicken! Bill didn’t believe me until I made him stick his nose in the bowl too and he was equally surprised and agreed. Of course it doesn’t have the texture of chicken salad but it does have a similar flavor and a lovely texture with a lot of crunchy veggies.
I just made Chana Masala for the first time, and I’m so happy to have discovered this recipe because it’s exceedingly heart healthy and delicious! A dish popular in India and around the world, made with chickpeas, onions and spices, it’s flavorful and satisfying. Chickpeas are loaded with protein and cholesterol-lowering fiber, and are a great source of folate, manganese, iron and magnesium.
There are a lot of good recipes out there for meatless meatloaf, but we particularly like this one because it has more bite to it–a real meaty texture. Loaded with protein from tempeh and hemp seeds, deliciously seasoned with a tangy glaze, this is a favorite at our house. And even the meat eaters enjoy it!
Tempeh is such a versatile food and often so misunderstood it seems. While reaching for it in the refrigerator case at the store I’ve had people come up to me and ask what I do with it. And when I tell them how good it is they look at me with disbelief! I suppose it is rather unattractive in its sealed package, all pale and odd looking, naked and unadorned. Continue reading Healthy Vegetarian Meatloaf→