While pistachios are often considered nuts for culinary and allergy purposes, they are actually seeds! They are used in a variety of dishes from savory pilafs to sweet ice cream! Their beautiful green color adds a nice aesthetic element to your food and their crunch adds a nice texture. If you’ve found yourself with a bag of pistachios that you don’t know how to use, we’ve got you covered. These vegan pistachio recipes are delicious!

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1.  Pistachio and Marmalade Flapjacks

Pistachio and Marmalade Flapjacks

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These vegan Pistachio and Marmalade Flapjacks by Andri Neocleous are inspired by middle eastern flavors especially with the addition of the tahini, but you can really mix it up with the flavors of your flapjacks.

2. Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam

Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam

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A warm, sweet, and savory sandwich that you will never forget. The title is a mouthful, as are all of the flavors you get in every bite. Some bites are sweeter from the cranberry jam while others are more savory and crunchy from the cashew cheese. Either way, you’re in for a treat with Jennifer Harmon‘s Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam!

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3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bark

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bark

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This easy no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bark by Tara Sunshine is where it’s at!  Bonus is, this homemade bark is low-carb, packed with healthy fats, and suitable for vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and keto diets, too!  Feel free to use whatever nuts/seeds, granola, nut butter, and add-ins you like.  Non-keto can omit the strawberries and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup dried cranberries, raisins, diced dried apricots, candied ginger, or even pretzels.

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4. Freekeh Pilaf with Dates and Pistachios

Freekeh Pilaf with Dates and Pistachios

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This Freekeh Pilaf with Dates and Pistachios by America’s Test Kitchen makes a wonderful side to any dish!

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5. Baklava Custard Tart

Vegan Baklava Custard Tart

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This Baklava Custard Tart by Incredible Plant-Based Desserts, Anthea Cheng can easily become your favorite recipe Just like conventional baklava, this tart has loads of nuts, crispy ­filo pastry, and multiple layers. This is taken to the next level, as well. Instead of thickening the custard with eggs, this recipe cornstarch which is much easier to use! The subtle vanilla and sweetness from the custard perfectly complements a punchy and flavorsome baklava ­filling.

6. Indian Cauliflower Rice

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Indian cauliflower rice with turmeric, lime, and pistachios is an easy and quick side dish that happens to be gluten-free and grain-free. It’s a healthy addition to your veggie curries, buddha bowls, and salads. Cauliflower rice (especially the recipe listed below) tastes delicious and is great for weekly meal prep. Make up a batch and add it to your meals for a veggie boost all week long. Cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy digestion, and provides a lot of vitamin C. It also belongs to the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. This Indian Cauliflower Rice by Nikki and Zuzana is easy, healthy, and delicious––you’re in for a treat…

7. Pistachio Rice Pudding

Pistachio Rice Pudding

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Your sweet cravings are kicking in again? Then make a big batch of this vegan Pistachio Rice Pudding by Melanie Jacobs. So creamy, sweet, and delicious! Tastes best when served with fresh berries.

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8. Pistachio Muffins

Pistachio Muffin

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What’s fab about these vegan Pistachio Muffins by Gabrielle St. Claire, is everything! It’s a staple muffin recipe, has minimal ingredients, no dairy or eggs, packs less sugar than most recipes, packed with spinach for a vibrant color, offers a rich pistachio flavor, buttery soft, has aesthetic appeal, perf for spring, and is a pistachio lovers dream!!

9. Israeli Couscous Salad with Herbs, Green Olives, and Pistachios

Israeli Couscous Salad with Herbs, Green Olives, and Pistachios

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Israeli couscous is a great ingredient to play around with. It also goes by the name pearl couscous, which is especially fitting due to its pear-like shape and size. It’s made from semolina flour, the same flour used to make dried pasta, so it, too, is a type of pasta and has a wonderfully chewy texture. Its nutty flavor that’s a welcomed contrast to buttery green olives (not to mention an added boost of fiber and nutrients). It’s not always easy to find, though, so don’t sweat it if you can only get your hands on regular Israeli couscous. Enjoy this Israeli Couscous Salad with Herbs, Green Olives, and Pistachios by Sheela Prakash for lunch or dinner, either as a side dish or the main affair.

10. Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream 

Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream

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Kulfi is a traditional Indian-style ice cream that is denser and creamier than conventional American ice cream, inspiring this flavorful combination. It is usually flavored with spices like cardamom and pistachio. Coconut milk provides a rich and creamy foundation. Grinding the pistachios for the base enriches the flavor, and using whole pistachios for serving adds extra texture and beautiful color. You will love this Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream by Incredible Vegan Ice Cream, Deena Jalal!

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