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Chocolate Orange Pistachio Bars

Although we can find reasons to justify eating ANY dessert (much practice in that category, we admit), these wonderful little morsels need no spinning . . . the major ingredient is rolled oats! The oaten base is sweetened with a little honey and loads of orange zest, then baked until chewy and golden. Topped with melted chocolate and chopped pistachios, these will be gobbled up in no time and with no guilt!

Chocolate Orange Pistachio Bars

3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup pistachio nuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbs. grated orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Heat the oven to 325°F. Line a 9×13″ pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, 1/2 cup of the pistachios, honey, flour, orange zest and juice, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Press mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the center and lightly brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof container set over barely simmering water, stirring until smooth. Spread over the cooled bars and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup pistachios. Let sit until the chocolate is set, or put in the fridge to shorten the time needed. Using the edges of the foil, lift out of the pan. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Coleen #

    These look amazing! We will be
    making these very soon!!

    April 16, 2015

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