Dark Chocolate Pistachio Granola

pistachio granola

Of all the nuts in the nut family, I feel like pistachios are super under-rated. Everyone’s all about almonds and cashews, but pistachios need some love, too. That’s why I made this recipe for dark chocolate pistachio granola!

Before we get into the recipe, I want to chat about how awesome pistachios are for a second. Pistachios are full of vitamins and minerals. Just one serving of pistachios contains the following:

  • 8 percent of your daily potassium requirements
  • 14 percent of your daily phosphorus requirements
  • 24 percent of your daily vitamin B6 requirements
  • 16 percent of your daily thiamin requirements
  • 18 percent of your daily copper requirements
  • 17 percent of your daily manganese requirements

One serving of pistachios also contains six grams of protein and three grams of fiber. They’re loaded with antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, too, which promote good eye health. The only nut that contains more antioxidants than pistachios are walnuts!

Basically, pistachios are a nutrient powerhouse. That’s why I used them in this recipe, along with a few other simple ingredients like honey, carob powder.

Okay, enough proselytizing about pistachios. Let’s get into the recipe:

pistachio granola

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1/4 cup honey (or another liquid sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup carob powder or cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut chips

The Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a mixing bowl, combine pistachios, coconut chips, and carob or cocoa powder
  • Add the honey and stir until everything is combined
  • Place the mixture on the parchment paper in an even layer
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely (it took about one hour when I made them)
  • Break into chunks and enjoy!

Pistachio Granola Nutrition Breakdown

This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving contains 264 calories (when made with honey). Here’s the basic nutrient breakdown per serving:

  • 7.3 grams of protein
  • 29.2 grams of carbohydrates
  • 16.4 grams of fat
  • 5.4 grams of fiber

Keep in mind that this is not a super sweet recipe. I intentionally go pretty light on sweeteners because I prefer more bitter foods. If you want your granola to be sweeter, add a little more honey (or whichever sweetener you’re using).

pistachio granola

Looking for more granola recipes? Check out this post!

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