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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

By: Lil’ Luna
Easy and delicious pistachio bread is especially sweet. The best part is it's glazed and involves no yeast!!
Servings: 2 loaves
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes


  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) boxes instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½-1 cup chopped pistachios


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  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon. Grease 2 regular-size loaf pans and sprinkle the suagr mixture evenly on the bottom and sides of the pans.
  • Pour half the batter into each pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool.
  • Combine powdered sugar, melted butter, almond extract, and vanilla. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it's the consistency that you like.
  • Drizzle glaze over bread and sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Serve and enjoy!



It is normal for the batter to be thick. Just be sure you mix it well so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed and well incorporated.


Serving: 1loaf, Calories: 2270kcal, Carbohydrates: 404g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 63g, Saturated Fat: 27g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 425mg, Sodium: 3217mg, Potassium: 710mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 309g, Vitamin A: 1674IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 681mg, Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
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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. Patty Pantale says:

    Excellent! Made it in a 9×13 pan instead of two loaves! Excellent!!

  2. Sandra Barbera says:

    Hi, if I make the recipe without the glaze would it be fine? The glaze get hard enough that if I wrapped in plastic wrap with not get all stick to it? Thank you for sharing this recipe am going to make it tonight

  3. Finniesmom says:

    4 stars
    The pistachio bread is delicious. The glaze is much too sweet for my taste. One loaf I put a liyttle melted butter on top to hold some nuts—that was perfect for my taste

  4. Linda C Ramos says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe. Simple and easy. Best of all amazing taste

  5. Julia says:

    5 stars
    How can I substitute the cake mix? There is nothing similar available to buy in my country unfortunately.