Pistachio Banana Bread

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.

a thickly sliced loaf of pistachio banana bread next to a box of pistachio pudding

Banana Bread with Pistachios

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 Santa’s Favorite Cookie Recipe or my Valentine’s Cookies as examples) 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. Obviously, swapping out pudding flavors as desired, but still. It’s sooo good!

sliced loaf of pistachio banana bread

Pistachio banana bread ingredients

  • Ripe Bananas
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Egg
  • Sugar
  • Boxed Pistachio Pudding Mix
  • Flour

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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a sliced loaf of pistachio banana bread with green checkered towel in background

Tips for making banana pistachio bread

This 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.

a loaf of sliced pistachio banana bread with bread slices and boxed pudding in background

FAQ’s about banana bread with pudding mix

Can banana bread be made into muffins?

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 2/3s of the way full. Then bake for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

Can banana bread be frozen?

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.

How do you know when banana bread is done?

Your bread 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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How to make pistachio banana bread

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Set it aside.

Mash banana s in a large mixing bowl.

Stir in the melted oil or butter.

Mix in your baking soda and salt.

Whisk in the vanilla, egg, and sugar until smooth.

Stir in the dry pistachio pudding mix and the flour until no streaks remain.

Pour into the bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

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Pistachio Banana Bread

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Cool Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread with pistachios, banana bread with pudding mix, banana pistachio bread, banana pistachio muffins, pistachio banana bread
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Equipment

  • 8×4 bread loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 2-3 ripe)
  • 1/3 cup oil (can use melted butter)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar (can add up to 1/2 cup more for sweeter)
  • 1 3.4oz box pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×4 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.
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Notes

To make Banana Pistachio Muffins make the batter as directed above and fill greased or muffin trays 2/3rds of the way full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 7.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.4g | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 122.6mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 13.4g | Vitamin A: 1.1IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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