Gluten Free Pistachio Cranberry Haystacks by Carol Kicinski

Rating: 
Yield: 
2 – 3 dozen depending on size.
Ingredients: 

3 Large egg whites
¼ teaspoon Kosher or fine sea salt
¼ cup Agave nectar
2 cups Shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
½ cup Roasted, unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped
½ cup Dried cranberries 

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicon baking mats or parchment paper.
Whisk egg whites and salt by hand for about 30 seconds or until frothy. Add the agave and whisk to combine. Add the coconut, pistachios and cranberries and mix to combine.
Using wet fingers or a small ice cream scoop, mound 1 – 1½ tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.
Bake for 12 – 16 minutes or until the cookies are deeply golden brown and have firmed up slightly. They will firm up more as they cool.
Let cool on the baking pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.

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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!