Pistachio Gelato Pops

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Ingredients: 

Pistachio Paste
California Pistachios 85 g
Confectioner’s sugar 62 g
Corn syrup 20 g
Salt 1 g

Gelato base
Milk 660 g
Cream 116 g
Vanilla bean 1
Sugar 100
Egg yolks 70

Magic shell
Chocolate, dark
Coconut oil

Instructions: 

1. Blanch and peel pistachios. Combine peeled pistachios, sugar, and corn syrup in a food processor and grind to a soft paste. Add salt, set aside.

2. Combine milk and cream with vanilla bean and ½ of the sugar. Bring to a simmer. Blend egg yolks with remaining sugar. Temper hot milk into egg yolks, and return to the pot. Pasteurize this mixture at 185ºF. Transfer warm custard to Vita Mix blender. Add pistachio paste and puree at high speed until well blended. Strain and chill. Process mixture in ice cream machine, then mold into individual pops. Freeze until firm.

3. Melt chocolate to 95 F. Blend in coconut oil. Unmold frozen ice cream pops. Dip into melted chocolate mixture, then sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

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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!