Gluten Free Pistachio Fruit Breakfast Bars Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on October 10, 2010


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So I have been told over and and over and over again, pretty much my whole life. Why? Because honestly, I am just not a breakfast person and never have been. At least not in the morning. Oh sure, I love gluten-free pancakes and waffles, omelets, bacon and eggs. I’m even crazy about gluten-free Eggs Benedict, especially my Southwestern ones. I just don’t like to eat them shortly after getting up. Basically I am a cup of coffee in the morning kind of gal. (Sometimes I might sneak in a left over gluten-free cupcake with my coffee and call it a muffin, but that is about it.)

The problem is that not eating breakfast really sets us up for all kinds of problems later on in the day. Bodies need fuel to run. I don’t have a lot of time most mornings and even if I did I am not a person who wakes up all cheery and ready to start whipping up a delicious gluten-free breakfast (as my husband can attest).

These gluten-free breakfast bars are really kind of perfect. They are easy to make ahead when I have the time (and temperament) to do so and I can keep them in the fridge and just grab and go when in a hurry.

Pistachios are a great source of protein with no cholesterol and are loaded with nutrients which will help you sustain energy throughout the day. They also improve blood sugar levels, are naturally cholesterol-free and help improve cardiovascular health. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin which will help combat the effects of too much artificial light in our lives and help regulate sleep cycles. Apricots strengthen the immune system, help prevent heart disease and are loaded with nutrients. In fact dried apricots pack more nutrients than fresh. These bars are packed with antioxidants which promote wellness and strengthen the immune system and they are a good source of fiber. All in all, a good way to start the day. Oh, and they are absolutely delicious!

Gluten Free Pistachio Fruit Breakfast Bars Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups roasted pistachios
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried tart cherries
½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
½ cup grapeseed or canola oil
6 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch by 12 inch baking pan with parchment paper allowing the paper to stick up by a couple inches on two sides.

Place the almonds and sesame seeds on separate baking sheets. Toast the almonds and sesame seeds until warm, lightly browned and fragrant – about 10 minutes for the almonds and about 5 or 6 minutes for the sesame seeds. Watch carefully so they don’t burn. Let cool slightly.

Place the pistachios in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and grind until they are coarsely chopped. Add the almonds, apricots, cherries and salt and process until the nuts and fruit come together in a sticky ball. Add the oil and agave honey and process until you have a thick cohesive dough. Add the sesame seeds and process in long pulses until they are blended into the dough.

Press the mixture into the prepared pan evenly and firmly. Refrigerate until cold and firm, about 1 hour. Pull out the parchment paper with the chilled mixture out of the pan and cut into 12 squares.

Servings

This gluten-free recipe makes 12 – 3 inch by 3 inch bars.

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GFree_Miel October 10, 2010 at 7:53 am

Those bars look and sound perfect! I'm like you. There's no way I'm getting up early enough before work to make breakfast. I need something easy to grab and eat. I usually go for fruit or cereal. So thanks for making these because I was starting to get bored with my breakfast choices. :D

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Stephanie October 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Wow, these look awesome! Can't wait to try them!

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Jas. October 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm

YUM! i was just looking to make a snack bar full of protein for after the gym… will give this one a try!

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The InTolerant Chef October 11, 2010 at 4:12 am

They look really yummy. I'm not always a morning person either, I love breakfasts about 10am, when I feel less rushed!

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gfe--gluten free easily October 11, 2010 at 7:01 am

Carol, those are the most beautiful bars I've ever seen! So full of goodness, too … who could resist one of those in the morning? ;-)

Hugs,
Shirley

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Julie Smits October 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Mmm, these look delicious and super handy when running low on time. I've never much liked pistachios, but I have a feeling that I need to give them another chance, this one seems like a great way to start. What about goji berries, it think they would go great with them as well…Love, Jules

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Kim-Cook it Allergy Free October 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

What a great and simple recipe! This would go over well with the boys, especially as an extra boost on the way out of the door. By the way, I absolutely LOVE that picture with the milk jug. Your photos, as usual, are gorgeous!
xo
k

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Tasty Eats At Home October 12, 2010 at 5:39 am

I am loving your pistachio kick lately. These look great.

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Diane-The WHOLE Gang October 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

This is perfect for me. No grains girl here and no baking. I'll be making these when we finish of Melissa's. I might have to sneak in a little chocolate. shhh

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Heavenly Housewife October 18, 2010 at 12:56 am

I do not eat gluten free, but these appeal to me anyway. I adore anything with pistachio, and these bars look so tasty.
*kisses* HH

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