Pistachio Bread

Easy and delicious Pistachio Bread is especially sweet. The best part is it’s glazed and involves no yeast!!

Although it’s an uncommon flavor, we love pistachio around here! If you do too, try Pistachio Salad and our layered Pistachio Dessert.

Pistachio bread recipe on cooling rack.

Pistachio Quick Bread

My husband loves Pistachios! His favorite pudding is pistachio. His favorite nuts are pistachios. If it has Pistachios, he LOVES it!!

Today’s bread recipe also includes pistachios—both a sweet pistachio flavor for the base, as well as crushed up pistachios on top.

We really can’t call this a bread since it’s more like a cake (a cake mix is used as a shortcut for this recipe). But for kicks and giggles, let’s call it bread since it’s made in a bread pan. 😉

Because of the green color of the bread, we actually like to serve this for St. Patrick’s Day, but trust me, it’s perfect for any holiday or time of year!

We have a feeling you will love this delicious sweet, quick bread.

Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled into the bottom of a bread pan.

how to make Pistachio Bread

MIX. In a large bowl, whisk cake mix, pistachio pudding mix, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream together until well combined. Set aside.

BAKE. Grease 2 regular size loaf pans and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar (I use 2 TB sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon) on the inside. Pour half the batter into each pan. Bake in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

GLAZE. Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 TB melted butter, 1 tsp. almond extract, and 1 tsp. vanilla to make a glaze. Add a few tablespoons of milk, until it’s the consistency that you like.

ENJOY! Drizzle glaze over bread and sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Serve and enjoy!

Pistachio bread mix in bread pan


Of course we love this bread any day of the year, but it is especially fun to serve for Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day! Here are a few tips to make it extra special:

  • Add a few drops of green food coloring to the batter to make the bread even more green. Even the Grinch himself would approve!
  • Add some crushed up pistachios to the batter if you’d like for some extra crunch.
  • Loaves of this bread would make perfect gifts for friends and neighbors! Simply bake them in disposable foil pans, cover with plastic wrap when cooled and finish off with a festive bow.
  • Make mini-loaves of bread make sure to fill your pans no more than ½ way full and check on them every 5 min after 25 min of cooking. Insert a toothpick into the bread and if it comes out clean you are good to go.
Pistachio bread with frosting and chopped pistachios on top


Can this bread be made ahead of time? Yes. This bread can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How to store? To store, make sure to cool the loaf first, then wrap tightly with plastic wrap and cover with some aluminum foil or pop the wrapped bread into a Ziploc freezer bag.

How to freeze? To freeze, wait to add the glaze to the top of the bread after it has defrosted.

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Pistachio Bread Recipe

4.86 from 63 votes
Easy and delicious Frosted Pistachio Bread is especially sweet. The best part is it's glazed and involves no yeast!!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 1920 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 3.4 oz. boxes pistachio instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Mix ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.
  • Grease 2 regular size loaf pans and sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon (I use 2 TB sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon) on the inside.
  • Pour half the batter into each pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Let cool.
  • Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 TB melted butter, 1 tsp. almond extract, and 1 tsp. vanilla to make a glaze. Add a few tablespoons of milk, until it's the consistency that you like.
  • Drizzle glaze over bread and sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from HERE.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 3 stars
    The batter is so thick that it has to be scooped by spoon fulls into the pans. No way can it be poured as the recipe states. Needs more moisture.

    1. I made this many times. The batter is very thick. But it’s so delicious just that way it’s supposed to be made.

  2. 5 stars
    Making this for like the 5th time !!! Every step and ingredient is right on!!! Yes the batter is thick… it’s supposed to be!!! ISo delicious!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is now a weekly request for my son and his coworkers. It is so delicious. Hot with vanilla bean ice cream.

    1. I haven’t ever tried it with a white cake mix, but it should work just fine. You’ll have to let us know how it turns out if you do.

  4. Is 1/8 cup water a typo? Does not seem enough? Also, Is the 1920 calories for the whole bread or just a slice?

    1. Nope, not a typo. The batter will be very thick. But it makes a tasty loaf of bread! 😉 And yes, that’s for the whole recipe, not just one slice.

  5. Haven’t tasted it yet since it’s in the oven. 🙂 I looked for this recipe, which is the same one someone gave me, bc I thought I did something wrong bc it is very thick! I’m so happy everyone said the same thing! Lol Phew! I used French Vanilla cake mix. We’ll see! I’ll rate recipe when it’s done. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I was concerned, at first, about the batter thickness but not anymore. I love this Pistachio Bread!

  7. 5 stars
    This bread is absolutely delicious and I love the almond glaze which I made a little thicker like frosting (yum). Also I won’t use my dark pans again because it made the outside a little too dark. This is a winner for us and will be made often!!!

  8. 3 stars
    This recipe was very dry. I had to add another cup of water just to mix it. The bread did not rise at all during baking. The taste was ok, but very dry.

  9. I think the reason the batter is so thick is because of the “instant” pudding. It siezes up when mixed with any liquid. I tried looking for a non-instant pistachio pudding but, unfortunatelty didn’t find any. Bread tastes very good tho.

  10. 5 stars
    Made it today for after church lunch. I couldn’t find my bread pans so I used my Bundt one (recipe works, the batter is bread-like, don’t add any more liquids TRUST THE PROCESS)

    People absolutely loved it and asked me to make a few for our Thanksgiving celebration.
    Thank you!!

  11. 5 stars
    This is a super delicious treat!! Took it to a St. Patty’s Day party and it was a BIG hit!! I’ve made it numerous time and am making it again tonight.

  12. One of my favorite recipes and everyone ask for during the holidays! I make it in the small disposable loaf pans, so it’s easy to take the whole thing and go! Thank you!!

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