This pistachio banana bread recipe is simple, easy, and oh so much fun to make and eat. With green batter comes a golden brown loaf of moist and flavorful banana bread that's perfect for snacking.
Where I live, pistachios are a more expensive nut to purchase, thankfully boxed pudding is not!
With a box of pudding mix in the banana bread batter, we can create a good pistachio flavor without the huge costs and at the same time, we add more moisture into the loaf!
Now I've always been a huge fan of making cookies with pudding in the mix (see my Valentine's Cookies as an example) but adding it to my banana bread didn't occur to me until recently.
And let me tell you, I've been missing out! Seriously, it adds flavor, texture, moisture, and oh so much into every bite that I may never want to make banana bread any other way again. It's sooo good!
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- Simplicity at its finest. Made with just a few simple ingredients and without dirtying every dish in the house, it's as easy to make as you can imagine.
- Quick prep. It's so fast to throw together that the batter can be ready in the same time it takes for the oven to preheat.
- It's always popular. Banana bread doesn't need a time of the year to make an entrance at your house. It's evergreen and always well-received.
Ripe bananas- You will need some ripe spotted bananas to make this banana bread well flavored and sweeter.
Pudding mix- Adding in a box of pistachio-flavored instant pudding mi will give us a wonderful flavor and texture as it lends some moisture to the loaf. Remember that you only need the dry stuff. Do not prepare the pudding in advance.
Green Food Coloring- This is optional, but if desired, you can add in a few drops of green food coloring to make your loaf look more pistachio-like. The boxed pudding may color the batter, but once baked, the color is gone, so food coloring can help maintain that shade.
Glaze- Powdered sugar and milk are all you need for a delicious topping.
Pistachios- If desired, you can add some chopped pistachios over the top of the glaze to make this loaf look more inviting. It'll also help to showcase the star flavor in this loaf.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
To make the bread:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x4 loaf pan. Set aside.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas.
Step 3: Stir in oil or melted butter.
Step 4: Mix in the baking soda and salt.
Step 5: Mix in the vanilla, egg, and sugar until smooth.
Step 6: Stir in pistachio pudding mix and flour until no streaks remain.
Step 7: Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.
Step 8: Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
To make the Glaze:
Step 1: Whisk together milk and powdered sugar in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled loaf.
Step 2: Sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top of the glaze and let rest about 5 minutes to set before slicing and serving.
🍴 Recipe Tips
This banana pistachio bread recipe is super simple and easy to make but there is a sad thing worth noting. The bread (as you can see) doesn't stay green once baked.
While the batter will appear green in the bowl, and up through most of the baking, by the time the final countdown happens, the bread has already turned shades of golden brown.
If you would like your banana bread with pistachios to remain a green color, adding in green food coloring would be advised. You can use gel food coloring or liquid, but I always recommend gel because it's more efficient and needs less to get a good color.
You can make banana pistachio muffins using this banana bread recipe. Simply divide the batter amongst a greased or lined muffin pan and fill them ⅔s of the way full. Then bake for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.
You can freeze this banana bread after the bread has cooled completely. Simply wrap it well in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw before eating.
Your banana bread with pudding mix will be finished baking when a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. The internal temperature of the bread will be about 200 degrees F if you wanted to check it with an instant-read thermometer.
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Pistachio Banana Bread
- 1 cups Mashed bananas (about 2-3 ripe) ($0.75)
- ⅓ cup Vegetable oil ($0.16)
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda ($0.01)
- ¼ teaspoon Salt ($0.02)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract ($0.02)
- 1 large Egg ($0.08)
- ½ cup Granulated sugar ($0.19)
- 1 box (3.4oz) Pistachio pudding mix ($0.98)
- 1 ½ cups All-purpose flour ($0.12)
- 3 drops Green food coloring *optional ($0.04)
- 1 ½ cups Powdered sugar ($0.35)
- 2 Tablespoons Milk ($0.01)
- ¼ cup Chopped pistachios *optional ($0.41)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x4 loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas.
- Stir in oil or melted butter.
- Mix in the baking soda and salt.
- Mix in the vanilla, egg, and sugar until smooth.
- Stir in pistachio pudding mix and flour until no streaks remain.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
- Whisk together milk and powdered sugar in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled loaf.
- Sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top of the glaze and let rest about 5 minutes to set before slicing and serving.