I’ve written the recipe as unsalted pistachios plus 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, because it’s more precise. However, if you live on the salty edge, substitute salted pistachios, and leave out the kosher salt. (Worked for me.)
You can top these bars with with yogurt, cream, or ice cream, but I like them best packed in parchment paper for picnics or work/school lunches. They aren’t too sweet, and the oats and pistachios make them almost wholesome. I had apricots from the market, but cherries would also delicious, or pears, as fall comes on. They are good, in the fridge, for up to 5 days. —Cristina Sciarra
16, 2 x 2-inch bars
1/2 cup (70 grams) shelled, unsalted pistachios
1 cup (55 grams) rolled oats
1 cup (140 grams) flour
5 tablespoons (65 grams) light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
Heat the oven to 375F/190C. Line a 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Add the pistachios to the bowl of a food processor. Blend for 15 seconds, until the pistachios are reduced to a meal. Add the oats, and blend another 15 seconds. Add the flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter; blend for 15 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons water and blend until the mix barely binds together. Reserve a heaping 1/2 cup of the mix; dump the rest into the prepared baking pan and, using your fingers, tamp it evenly down to form the base of your bars.
Halve and pit the apricots. Move them to a large mixing bowl, and hand toss with the lemon juice and zest, and the sugar. Arrange the fruit in the baking pan, on top of the crust. Crumble the remaining pistachio-oat mix on top of the apricots. Bake for 45 minutes. Move the pan to the refrigerator for an hour right out of the oven. Cut into squares and serve.
Cristina is a writer, cook, and day job real estate developer. She studied literature, holds an MFA in Fiction Writing, and completed the Basic Cuisine course at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She lives in Jersey City with her husband--a Frenchman she met in Spain--and their sweet black cat, Minou. Follow her writings, recipes, publications and photography at theroamingkitchen.com.