Orange Pistachio Truffles

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

I’m completely nuts for nuts!!! I pretty much love every nut there is, but one of my very favorite nuts is pistachios. Who’s with me? Are you a pistachio fan like I am? Well if you’re not a pistachio lover yet, you will be after this recipe and post!

Orange Pistachio Truffles (a healthy snack with all natural ingredients) | Hungry Healthy Girl

Pistachios are the perfect healthy snack and provide you 12 percent of the daily value of fiber per 30 gram serving; keeping you feeling satisfied long after snack time is over. In fact, studies suggest that the benefits of snacking on nuts go up as the number of servings go up. Bottom line: more nuts, more benefits. Try including a daily handful of pistachios as part of a healthy diet!

Orange Pistachio Truffles (a healthy snack with all natural ingredients) | Hungry Healthy Girl

Not only are pistachios full of health benefits they’re also crazy good. Pistachios is a nut that even my picky kiddos will eat! In my opinion, pistachios are one of the tastiest of all nuts. You’ll definitely get the full effect of the fabulousness of pistachios in these Orange Pistachio Truffles. The combination of the orange, dates, apricots and pistachios is completely yumilicious!

Orange Pistachio Truffles
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Serves: 11 truffles
 
I would have never guessed orange, pistachios and dates would make such a lovely flavor combination. A must try healthy snack ball!
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (optional, for rolling truffles in)
  • ½ cup chopped Medjool dates, pitted (about 6 large dates)
  • 6 tablespoons shelled pistachios (I used a salted roasted variety.)
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots (about 6 apricots)
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
Instructions
  1. Place shredded coconut in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  2. Pulse dates, pistachios, apricots, juice, zest and seasonings in a food processor until nuts are ground and the mixture begins to hold together.
  3. Form mixture into 11 small balls.
  4. Roll each ball in shredded coconut and place in a container to refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store in the fridge, freezer or at room temperature in a covered container. I like these straight out of the fridge.

Orange Pistachio Truffles (a healthy snack with all natural ingredients) | Hungry Healthy Girl

Pistachios are heart healthy and they’re one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat nuts. A serving of pistachios gives you 49 kernels – more than any other snack nut! Pistachios are the perfect salad topper to use instead of croutons. They also add a lovely crunch to oatmeal or yogurt and can even be used as a crust when cooking salmon, tilapia or chicken. Below check out tips for being more health conscious and get a little more info on pistachios from the Pistachio Health Institute and celebrity trainer, Valerie Waters.

Health tips from Valerie Waters and The Pistachio Institute

To win lots of goodies, check out the Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes happening on the Pistachio Health Institute’s Facebook page.

3 winners will receive “Shine like the Stars Sweepstakes” prize packs, which include:

  • (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
  • (1) Pistachio Health tote bag
  • (1) Pistachio Health nut container
  • (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
  • (1) $100 VISA Gift Card

To enter, participants must Like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter their name, address and contact information here: http://bit.ly/1ccjp8i.

Participants may enter once a day for the duration of the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes will end at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Orange Pistachio Truffles (a healthy snack with all natural ingredients) | Hungry Healthy Girl

Something to think about….

Are you a nut fan like me? If so, what’s your favorite type?

Did you realize how healthy nuts are?

Have you ever used pistachios in a recipe? No? Well, why not? 😉

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