Pistachios are a versatile nut that can be used in a variety of different recipes. From delicious pistachio cakes, to tofu crusted in crushed pistachios and almonds, the options are limitless! Check out this list of 15 vegan recipes, all featuring pistachios!
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1. Pistachio Cake
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This Pistachio Cake by Gabrielle St. Claire is amazing in every way. It has good-for-you ingredients like pistachios and spinach, is easy to make, and doesn’t require any fancy devices! With its subtle green color and almond glaze, it also looks absolutely beautiful! The pistachio topping adds a lovely texture to the soft cake and looks beautiful, too! Despite the short list of ingredients and minimal sugar, this pistachio cake bursts with flavor. It’s so delicious, you’ll want to make it over and over. Keep it in your kitchen to satisfy your sweet tooth or bring it to your next get-together.
2. Pistachio Pancakes with Cherry Syrup
If you love pistachios and cherries and innovative recipes that will wow everyone, you have to make these Pistachio Pancakes with Cherry Syrup by Gabrielle St. Claire. These nutty, fluffy pistachio pancakes are made green through spinach, but the taste is undetectable, and they’re sweetened naturally with bananas. They’re topped with a drizzle of cherry syrup and crushed pistachios, but they would also be great served with plenty of whipped coconut cream.
3. Raw Pistachio and Matcha Truffles
4. Raw Chocolate Pistachio Cookies
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These Raw Chocolate Pistachio Cookies by Adam Graczynski are super easy to make but manage to look fancy all the same. This recipe uses a classic flavor combination, chocolate, and pistachio, to make simple, elegant, and tasty cookies that will have everyone asking for more.
5. Pistachio Almond Tofu
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Ground pistachios and almonds give this Pistachio Almond Tofu by Lisa Dawn Angerame extra flavor and a delightful crunchy coating. You can have this nutty tofu as an entree for dinner, put it in a sandwich, or use it to top a salad — it’s super versatile!
6. 4-Ingredient Pistachio Nice Cream
In a world of chocolate and vanilla, pistachio non-dairy ice cream can be tough to come across. Luckily, you can make your own at home using only four ingredients! This 4-Ingredient Pistachio Nice Cream by Aryane Héroux-Blais is made using vanilla non-dairy milk, frozen bananas, avocado, and raw pistachios, but you would never guess that because the texture is strikingly similar to gelato. Finally, for a cute soft-serve ice cream shape, use a pastry piping bag to make swirls!
7. Chinese Black Sesame Cake With Pistachio Buttercream
This Chinese Black Sesame Cake With Pistachio Buttercream by Daphne Goh is a popular Hong Kong (Cantonese) Style cake that is traditionally made with water chestnut flour and black sesame paste or puree and typically steamed not baked. This recipe is not only gluten-free, it is also vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free.
8. Chickpea and Pistachio Falafel
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This Chickpea and Pistachio Falafel by Sienna Formosa is so simple to make! The addition of falafels adds some crunch and a delightfully nutty flavor. You’ll have a hard time resisting these fresh out of the oven.
9. Pistachio, Sea Salt and Carob Chip Cookies
Carob? What’s carob? That was my initial question, too! Carob is best known as a chocolate replacement. It has a similar taste, but the key piece is that it does not contain caffeine. To give you a better ideal of flavor, carob kind of tastes like a combination of chocolate and caramel. Not as strong as dark chocolate or cacao, but definitely sweet! It was the perfect addition to these Pistachio, Sea Salt and Carob Chip Cookies by Bianca Scartabello.
10. Roasted Italian Brussels with Arugula Pistachio Pesto
If you love all things Brussels, you’re going to love this modern Roasted Italian Brussels with Arugula Pistachio Pesto by Gabrielle St. Claire. What’s fab about this recipe, is everything. It’s a quick and easy veggie-packed sauce, features staple ingredients, texture, healthy fats, a gorgeous color, the dish can easily be made in bulk, and is perf for any season!
11. French Pâté with Pistachios and Peppercorns en Croute
For a pretty presentation, this French Pâté with Pistachios and Peppercorns en Croute by Plant-Based Meats, Robin Asbell is studded with green pistachios and chunky peppercorns, just like a classic French pâté. The secret ingredient is parsnip, which purees to a silky smoothness and sweetly balances with rich walnuts. You don’t have to wrap it in puff pastry (you can unmold and serve it before the baking instructions below), but it makes for a real showstopper at parties. Without the pastry, it is gluten-free.
12. Pistachio Date and Olive Oil Loaf
This Pistachio Date and Olive Oil Loaf by Courtney Klumper comes together pretty quickly, so you can have a not too sweet and sorta wholesome snack with your coffee/tea, and not spend money on muffins at your favorite cafe every morning.
These Strawberry Pistachio Chia-Oat Bars by Anna Bannister are naturally sweetened, slightly-zesty, and have the perfect amount of fruit-to-oat ratio. This particular recipe calls for strawberries, but they’re easy to adapt with whatever fresh fruit you have on hand. Serve these crumbly, juicy bars as is or with a big scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream.
14. Raw Pistachio Rose Cake
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Who says you need to turn on the oven to make a beautiful cake? Pistachios, coconut butter, and coconut milk form the velvety base of this Raw Pistachio Rose Cake by Emily Fraser which is then topped with sticky-sweet chia jam, and then finally a white chocolate-flavored coconut layer with delicate notes of rose water. Delicious!
15. Pistachio Pesto Pasta
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