Gluten-Free Lemon Pistachio Biscotti By Carol Kicinski

approximately 18 cookies

1 ¾ cups Pastry quality gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum*
¼ teaspoon Kosher or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon Baking powder
¼ cup Olive oil
¾ cup Light brown-sugar
1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
Zest of 1 large lemon
2 Large eggs
1 ½ cups Roasted, salted pistachios, roughly chopped
*make your own gluten-free flour blend by whisking together 1 cup superfine white rice flour with ½ cup superfine sweet rice flour, ¼ cup tapioca starch, and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum.


Preheat oven to 300° F. Line baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour, salt and baking powder.
In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or with a handheld at medium speed, beat the olive oil witht eh sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and eggs until well combined. Turn mixer to low, gradually add the flour mixture. Add the pistachios and stir by hand to combine. Place dough on prepared baking sheet and form into a log which is roughly 12 inches long by 4 inches wide and ½ inch high, If dough is too stick, wet your hands with water. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cover with two tea towels. Increase oven heat to 350°F.
Remove the log from the baking sheet and place on cutting board. Using a thin, sharp knife, cut the biscotti on a diagonal into ¾ inch slices and place slices back on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until the biscotti are golden brown.
Store in an airtight container.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!