These pistachio snack squares are a simply sweet and nutty treat that can be enjoyed as a delicious breakfast or snack option. They are a homemade version of a granola bar, but without the added sugars and artificial flavorings. And – not to mention, they are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!

pistachio snack squares in food processor

Benefits of Pistachios

Pistachios are a type of tree nut that offers a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. A one-ounce serving of pistachios provides an abundance of vitamin B6, thiamin, phosphorus, manganese, copper, and potassium.
pistachio snack squares mixed in food processor
Similar to other nuts, they also contain a great source of heart-healthy fats, known as monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats play a role in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as developing and maintaining healthy cells. They also provide a good source of fiber and protein. All around, pistachios are an extremely nutritious food. Including more of these in the diet can offer tons of health benefits.
pistachio snack squares mix in pan

How To Prepare Pistachio Squares

Preparing these pistachio squares are as easy as can be! All you need is a food processor and a square pan. First, start off by arranging all of the dry ingredients. Measure out the nuts, oats, salt, and dates and place them in the food processor. You will need to use the S blade or chopping blade attachment.
pistachio snack squares in pan
Then, pulse the dry ingredients together until a meal forms. Once the meal forms, you then add the oil and syrup and continue to pulse on low. The mixture will turn into a moist and thick meal.
Then, you simply take the meal and press it into the baking pan. Top it with extra chopped nuts, coconut flakes, and bake until the coconut flakes become lightly toasted. How easy does that sound? Give it a try!
pistachio snack squares in pan with coconut flakes

Ingredient Alternatives

  • Pistachios: The great thing about this recipe is that most of these ingredients are pantry staples – making this easy to whip up at any time. Although pistachios are the most abundant source of nuts in this recipe, you can swap them out for any other nuts you have on hand! You can replace them with lightly salted almonds, walnuts, pecans, or peanuts.
  • Dates: The dates in this recipe add an extra hint of sweetness. But, if you don’t have dates on hand, you can swap them out for another dried fruit, such as craisins or raisins. Or – you can simply omit them.
  • Maple syrup: If you do not have maple syrup, you can swap this out for honey. However, please note that if you substitute for honey, the recipe will no longer be considered vegan! You can also use regular pancake syrup.
  • Almond extract: Almond extract has a distinctive flavor and aroma that helps bring out the nutty flavors in these snack squares. If you don’t like the taste of almond extract or don’t have it on hand, you can replace it with vanilla extract or omit it. The recipe will still turn out delicious!

pistachio snack squares cut

pistachio snack squares

Pistachio Snack Squares

Pistachio snack squares are a homemade and guilt-free snack that satisfies all the taste buds.
They are sweet, salty, and savory. They are delicious on their own as an afternoon pick-me-up or you can even try mixing them up with greek yogurt for a hearty breakfast. The possibilities are endless! And - they fit into many diets since they are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo friendly.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16 squares
Calories 93 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 square pan
  • 1 oven
  • 1 food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pistachios lightly salted and shelled (plus an additional 2 tbsp for topping)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (check for gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup dates pitted
  • 1/4 cup almonds slivered
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a food processor with the S blade attached, process the pistachios, almonds, dates, oats, and salt for about 30 seconds, until a meal starts to form.
    1 cup pistachios, 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/4 cup dates, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Drizzle in the maple syrup, olive oil, and almond extract and pulse on low until the meal begins to come together into a crumbly, moist dough.
    1/4 cup pure maple syrup, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp almond extract
  • Press the dough evenly into the pan and sprinkle the top with the coconut flakes and additional pistachios.
    1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the coconut flakes become lightly toasted brown and the mixture is cooked through. Do not overcook the mixture! You want it to still be tender and a bit crumbly.
  • Lift the cooled dough out of the pan with the ends of the parchments paper and cut into 16 squares.
  • Enjoy! Store the squares in an air-tight container for up to one week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 squareCalories: 93 kcalCarbohydrates: 10 gProtein: 2 gFat: 5 gSaturated Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 91 mgFiber: 2 gSugar: 5 g

pistachio snack squares

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