Frosted Pistachio Bread

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

Frosted Pistachio Bread is perfectly holiday festive, but would even be great for St. Patrick’s day since it’s green. Complete that holiday spread with Lucky Charms Treats  or the Best Christmas Dessert Recipes.

Pistachio bread recipe on cooling rack.

We LOVE pistachios!!

My husband loves Pistachios! His favorite pudding is pistachio. His favorite nuts are pistachios. His favorite Blue Bell Ice Cream flavor is Pistachio Almond. If it has Pistachios, he LOVES it!!

Which is why we decided to try today’s recipe for Pistachio Bread!

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). And not only did he love it, but the whole family did too!

f you love easy bread recipes, you will definitely want to try this Frosted Pistachio Bread that is seriously SO delicious!!

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

how to make Pistachio Bread

MIX. Mix ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.

BAKE. 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.

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

RECIPE TIPS

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

Storing Info

This bread can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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.

To FREEZE, wait to add the glaze to the top of the bread after it has defrosted.

Pistachio bread recipe close up image

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Pistachio Bread Recipe

5 from 3 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

Ingredients

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

Instructions
 

  • 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. Ok Kristyn… I have to break some news to you. I think you might be a straight up dessert blogger. It’s time to ditch the rest of this stuff and let your inner dessert guru take over!! Because… are you kidding me?!?! This bread is INCREDIBLE! Seriously, every recipe you post is incredible and creative and genius! No lie girl… you’ve got some mad dessert skillz.

  2. I LOVE pistachios but never thought about adding them to any recipes. We just pop em plain! I am definitely going to give this recipe a try! YUM!

      1. BATTER WAS VERY VERY THICK. I HOPE IT TURNS OUT WELL – IN OVEN NOW, BUT IT WAS SO THICK, I AM WORRIED. DID ANYONE ELSE HAVE SUCH A THICK BATTER. ALSO , MY EMAIL IS SUPPOSED TO BE ALL LOWER CASE, BUT it won’t let me do any lower case letters. The batter was soooo thick. I’m concerned, as I am serving this to prospective house buyers. I don’t want to be embarrassed. I used an electric mixer – was that ok? But I don’t think that would have made it so thick. Maxine Moates

  3. Oh my, how delicious! I love pistachios too. Every year for Christmas, my uncle gives us two huge bags of pistachios with a bunch of other goodies. The bread looks amazing. So delicious. Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  4. Oh Kristyn! I have to make this for my hubby! He LOVES pistachio pudding, muffins, etc! Can’t wait to surprise him….pinned it for later!!!

  5. This recipe combines two of my favorite things…pistachio and bread! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, and I’m pinning it now! ~Lisa

  6. Hi where can we get pudding mix from in Australia I’ve been to 3 major supermarkets and they stock it

  7. I have this in the oven right now. Why oh why is the batter SO SO THICK? I follow the instructions exactly. I’ve made banana bread many times before and never was the batter thick like this. Hope it turns out well.

  8. 5 stars
    Is it really 7oz of instant Pudding (2 boxes)? That may Be why some Had issues with the batter being too thick. I used just one 3.4oz box and These came out great!