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frontal shot of sliced green pistachio pound cake

Pistachio Pound Cake

Pistachio Pound Cake is moist and delicious with a tender crumb and both sweet and salty flavors, made with spinach for a natural green color.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pistachio Pound Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 447kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2/3 cups shelled pistachios roasted and not salted
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 cup milk or plant-based milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted - or oil coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Lime glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • chopped salted pistachios


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add parchment paper to a loaf pan, so in hand on the longer two opposite sides, for easy cake removal. Lightly butter the pan and set it aside.
  • In a high-speed blender process the pistachios, frozen spinach, and milk, until the mixture is smooth.
    frozen spinach and pistachios in a food processor
  • Transfer the spinach mixture to a large bowl.
    a green mixture in a blender
  • Next, use a spatula to stir in the rest of the ingredients into the spinach mixture just until combined.
    pistachio cake batter in a bowl with a spatula in it
  • After that, transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
    raw pistachio pound cake in a baking loaf pan
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 60-70min, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs, NOT raw batter.
  • Remove from the oven, let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and after that transfer it to a cooling rack.

Lime glaze:

  • For the glaze, mix the sugar and lime juice until smooth, and pour on top of the cooled cake cake.
  • Top with chopped pistachios, let the glaze set for a few minutes, slice, and serve.
    overhead shot of pistachio pound cake topped with white glaze and chopped pistachios


Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 2784IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 3mg