Gluten Free No Bake Pistachio Chocolate Truffle Cake

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A gluten free recipe that serves 10 -12 people.
Ingredients: 

Gluten free, non-stick cooking spray or melted butter
12 ounces dark chocolate (semi, bittersweet, or dairy free) or good quality chocolate chips
8 ounces heavy cream or full fat coconut milk (shake can well before measuring)
3 tablespoons gluten free coffee flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup roasted, salted and shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped

Instructions: 

Spray an 8 by 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray or brush with butter. Line the pan with a piece of parchment paper (important if you want to be able to remove the cake from the pan.)
Chop the chocolate evenly into small pieces. Alternatively, you can use good quality chocolate chips that contain no wax fillers. Place the chocolate in a mixing bowl.

Bring the cream and liqueur (if using) just to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir the vanilla into the hot cream and pour the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until the chocolate and cream are fully combined and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Pour into the prepared pan, smooth out the top and sprinkle with the chopped nuts if using. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

Using the parchment to help you, remove the cake from the pan and slice with a thin, hot knife (run the knife under hot water then dry with a towel.)

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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!