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Pistachio Bread

A quick pistachio bread is less than an hour away! Made with yellow cake mix and pistachio pudding mix, it’s an easy sweet treat for breakfast or dessert.

Sliced pistachio bread.
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Best Pistachio Bread Recipe

Just like my cake mix banana bread, this pistachio bread is one of the best quick bread recipes that guarantees smiles.

Whether it’s a lazy Sunday morning or a family get-together for St. Patrick’s Day, this bread has become our go-to treat. And the best part? It’s so easy to make.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Effortless and Impressive: It combines the ease of a cake mix with the flavor of pistachios. The festive green color just adds to it, just like my pistachio cookies and pistachio dessert.
  • It’s versatile: Once you have the basic recipe down, you can take it in any number of directions. Add different mix-ins to create your favorite flavors!
  • Holiday favorite. Serve it along with pistachio and chocolate leprechaun cookies for St. Patrick’s Day or at the holidays with watergate salad!

Pistachio Quick Bread Ingredients

Pistachio bread ingredients.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Yellow cake mix: This is the base of the pistachio bread and provides structure and sweetness. It’s a versatile ingredient that pairs well with the pistachio flavor.
  • Instant pistachio pudding mix: This is key for giving pistachio flavor and color to the bread. It also adds moisture, ensuring a soft texture.
  • Wet ingredients: Use melted butter to add richness or use vegetable oil for a lighter texture. You’ll also need water and eggs.
  • Sour cream: Plain yogurt is a good substitute if sour cream is unavailable.
  • Powdered sugar glaze (optional): Powdered sugar, heavy cream or milk, salted butter, vanilla extract, and some chopped pistachios for sprinkling on top.
  • Cinnamon sugar: Adds a sweet and spicy crust to the bread. If you don’t have pre-mixed cinnamon sugar, it’s easy to make your own by mixing 1 tablespoon of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. You can also omit this if you’d like.

Substitutions and Variations

This pistachio bread recipe is really versatile. You can easily swap out ingredients to suit your taste or what you have on hand. 

  • Vegetable oil: A great alternative to butter for a lighter bread texture.
  • Plain yogurt: You can replace sour cream with a similar tangy flavor and moist texture.
  • Cranberries: Make it festive by adding dried cranberries. A great addition to your favorite Christmas recipes
  • Chocolate chips: Mix in for a chocolatey twist, especially appealing in muffin versions.
  • Almond extract in glaze: Offers a deeper, nuttier flavor compared to vanilla extract.

How to Make Pistachio Bread

The process is straightforward – mix your ingredients, bake, and glaze. It’s that simple!

Showing how to make pistachio bread in a 4 step collage.
  • Prepare loaf pan: Preheat your oven, grease a loaf pan, and sprinkle the bottom with cinnamon sugar if desired. This adds a delightful sugary crust to the bread.
  • Mix the ingredients: Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until combined, being careful not to overmix to ensure light and fluffy bread.
  • Bake the bread: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  • Cool and glaze: Allow the bread to cool completely. For the glaze, whisk together the ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled bread and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

Expert Tips

  • Top browning too quickly? If the top of your bread is browning too quickly, loosely cover it with a piece of foil.
  • Testing for doneness: Apart from using a toothpick to check if the bread is done, you can also gently press the top of the bread. If it springs back, it’s ready.
  • Glaze consistency: If you prefer a thicker glaze, start with less cream or milk and gradually add more until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Decorative toppings: In addition to chopped pistachios, consider topping the glazed bread with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar or mini chocolate chips.
  • Make muffins: If you’re baking for a special occasion, try making muffin versions of this pistachio bread. They’re perfect for sharing and easy to serve.
Pistachio bread in a loaf pan.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe with other types of cake mix?

While the yellow cake mix provides a neutral base, feel free to experiment with other flavors.

What if I don’t have pistachio pudding mix?

You can use vanilla pudding mix as a substitute and add a drop of green food coloring for the classic pistachio color.

How do I store this bread?

Keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, keep it in the fridge for up to a week.

Can I freeze pistachio bread?

The bread also freezes beautifully – wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and drizzle with the glaze just before serving.

Pistachio bread with glaze on top.

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Pistachio Bread Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
A quick pistachio bread is less than an hour away! Made with yellow cake mix and pistachio pudding mix, it's an easy sweet treat for breakfast or dessert.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 (1 loaf)




Pistachio Bread

  • 15 ounce box of yellow cake mix
  • 3.4 ounce box instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup melted butter , or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon sugar , (optional) see notes
  • green food coloring , optional

Glaze (optional):

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk , more as needed
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter , melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract , more to taste
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan (or 2 8×4 pans for smaller loaves). Sprinkle the bottom with cinnamon sugar if desired and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix (dry), eggs, water, melted butter or oil and sour cream. If you want it a brighter green, add in a few drops of food coloring.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Baking times may vary, so start checking for doneness around 40 minutes and adjust accordingly. If it's browning too fast, place a piece of foil over the top.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy cream, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Add more milk if needed to thin.
  • Once the cake mix banana bread has cooled, drizzle the glaze over top. Then sprinkle pistachios over top. Slice it into 12 servings and enjoy!


Cinnamon sugar: You can leave this step out if prefered. It’s easy to make your own as well. Simply mix 1 Tablespoon sugar + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. 
Muffins: You can also make these in a muffin pan. It will make about 12 muffins. Line a muffin pan, fill 3/4 the way full and bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean. 


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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