Healthy Pomegranate Banana Pistachio Bread Recipe

Greetings, my dear readers. It is my utmost pleasure to share with you today one of my most beloved bread recipes – the Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread Recipe. This recipe is a symphony of flavors, combining the juicy sweetness of ripe bananas, the tanginess of pomegranate seeds, and the nutty crunchiness of chopped pistachios. The aroma alone will make your mouth water and your heart sing.

I discovered this recipe during my travels to the Middle East, where I learned the art of fusing different ingredients to create truly unique culinary experiences. The use of pomegranate seeds in this recipe adds a refreshing twist that you won’t find in your ordinary banana or pistachio breads. It’s like taking a bite out of a pom-pistachio rocky road slab!

This bread recipe holds a special place in my heart not just because of its irresistible taste but also because it is versatile and easy to prepare. You can serve it as breakfast toast or as an afternoon snack with tea or coffee. Furthermore, you can customize the recipe by swapping some ingredients with your preferred nuts or fruits.

So, my dear readers, are you ready to discover this scrumptious recipe? Grab your apron and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread
Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread

Dear esteemed reader,

Allow me to tell you why you will love this Pomegranate, Banana, and Pistachio Bread Recipe. It is an extraordinary combination of different flavors that come together to give your taste buds an experience like no other.

Firstly, the pomegranate seeds add a delightful crunch in every bite, while its tartness blends perfectly with the sweetness of the ripe bananas. Together they create a mouth-watering sweet and tangy sensation that is highly impressive.

Moreover, the chopped pistachios add a nutty aspect to the bread, alongside a velvety texture, making it incredibly satisfying on the palate. I must also tell you that pistachios are rich in beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that provide numerous health benefits.

Furthermore, this recipe requires everyday ingredients such as all-purpose flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, and sugar. Just imagine how easily accessible these items are! Plus it makes baking more comfortable and faster for you.

The recipe is customizable with substitutions available for gluten-free or dairy-free variants. You can be creative with this recipe by adding some Turkish Delight or even some apple slices or pomegranate juice to enhance the flavor even more!

Ultimately, this bread recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch but can be enjoyed anytime during the day as well. Topped with a generous spread of cream cheese or slathered with butter and honey, you will experience sheer bliss with every bite.

So what are you waiting for? Follow this recipe and experience a culinary adventure right at home with family and friends!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in each bite
A slice of heaven in each bite

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds, plus extra for topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios

This recipe calls for simple and basic ingredients that are easily found in your pantry. Don’t worry if you cannot find fresh pomegranate seeds, you can use frozen ones as well. The ripe bananas used in this recipe give the bread a natural sweetness and a moist texture. The chopped pistachios adds an additional texture, with crunchy bites for every slice you make.

The Recipe How-To

 A colorful twist on classic banana bread
A colorful twist on classic banana bread

Now that we have talked about the ingredients, it’s time to start baking our Pomegranate, Banana, and Pistachio Bread! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make it.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease or line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and ¼ cup of chopped pistachios. Set aside.

Mixing Wet Ingredients

  1. In a large bowl, mash 3 ripe bananas.
  2. Add in ⅓ cup of vegetable oil, ⅓ cup of milk, and 1 egg. Mix well.

Mixing Dry Ingredients

  1. In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  2. Stir in ¾ cup sugar.
  3. Add in the pomegranate pistachio mixture from step one. Mix well.

Combining Wet and Dry Ingredients

  1. Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture while stirring until just combined.
  2. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  3. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios on top for added crunch.


  1. Place the loaf pan in your preheated oven.
  2. Bake for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Remove from the oven and let cool before slicing and serving.

Follow these easy steps to create your delicious Pomegranate, Banana, and Pistachio Bread that will surely become a household favorite!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect balance of sweet and nutty
The perfect balance of sweet and nutty

My dear cooks, while the Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread recipe is already a flavor-packed delight, there are still some substitutions and variations that you could try to add a little twist to this already wonderful treat.

Firstly, if you want to make this bread dairy-free, you can simply replace the milk with your preferred plant-based milk such as almond or soy. You can also opt for dairy-free chocolate chips or dried fruit such as cranberries or apricots for an added kick of flavor.

Another variation that you could try to make this recipe a bit healthier is by using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. This substitution will make the bread less sweet but more earthy and nutty in flavor. You can also up the ante on nuttiness by using pistachio or almond meal instead of chopped pistachios.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you can use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead. Just make sure to measure carefully to avoid making any swapping errors between cups of 1:1 all-purpose flour and gluten-free all-purpose flour mixtures.

For those who want a little adventure in their bread, adding some pomegranate molasses or pomegranate juice would be an excellent idea. Not only would it add some tanginess and sweetness, but it would also make the bread moist and pastry-like!

Lastly, another variation that one should experience is adding pistachio pudding mix to the ingredients which will improve not only its flavor but also its texture. With this addition, it’ll taste like a cross between banana-pistachio bread and Turkish Delight!

Do not be afraid to experiment with different ingredients! Take your pick from these suggestions or come up with something entirely new that suits your taste buds.s

Serving and Pairing

 A burst of flavor in every slice
A burst of flavor in every slice

When the Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread is freshly baked and still warm, I love serving it with a dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream. This adds a touch of creaminess that perfectly complements the flavors of the bread without overpowering them.

For a breakfast treat, I suggest enjoying a slice of this bread alongside a cup of hot coffee or tea. It’s also perfect for an afternoon snack or dessert, served with a glass of cold milk or a hot chocolate.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing it with some Turkish delight or apple pomegranate chutney. These bold flavors will contrast beautifully with the subtle sweetness of the bread.

If you have some leftover bread, don’t worry! It tastes even better the next day. Simply store it in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before serving it again, you can reheat it in the oven for a few minutes to recapture that delicious freshly baked flavor.

In conclusion, this Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread is versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways. Whether sweet or savory, hot or cold, it’s sure to hit the spot and leave you craving for more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Fresh bananas meet juicy pomegranate and crunchy pistachios
Fresh bananas meet juicy pomegranate and crunchy pistachios

As a consummate hostess, I know the importance of planning and preparing ahead of time when entertaining guests. Luckily for those who love to plan ahead, this Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread recipe can be made in advance to eliminate any last-minute kitchen chaos.

To make-ahead:

1. Bake the bread according to the recipe instructions and allow it to cool completely.

2. Once cooled, wrap the bread tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container or resealable bag.

3. You can store the bread at room temperature for up to three days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If you wish to store the bread for longer, it can also be frozen for up to three months. Simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer.

When you’re ready to serve the bread, remove it from the container or bag and allow it to thaw at room temperature before reheating.

To reheat:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C).

2. Remove the plastic wrap from around the bread.

3. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and place it on a baking sheet.

4. Warm it in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

5. Unwrap the foil for the last 5 minutes of reheating time to help crisp up the crust.

This Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread is not only delicious fresh out of the oven but also makes a great breakfast or snack served warm with some butter or cream cheese spread on top. By following these tips for make-ahead, storing and reheating your pistachio banana bread will be enjoyed long after its initial bake date.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A festive dessert that is sure to impress
A festive dessert that is sure to impress

Here are some tips to ensure that your Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread turns out just right:

1. Use ripe bananas: The riper the bananas, the sweeter they are and the more flavor they’ll add to the bread. So don’t be afraid to use bananas that have turned brown or black.

2. Mix dry ingredients separately: To make sure your baking powder is evenly distributed, mix the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl before adding them to the rest of your ingredients.

3. Don’t overmix: Overmixing can cause your bread to become tough and dense. Once the wet and dry ingredients are combined, only mix until they are just integrated.

4. Add a little pomegranate molasses: For an extra boost of tangy flavor, add 1-2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses to your batter. It will also give your bread a nice golden hue.

5. Use quality ingredients: Investing in good-quality pistachios and pomegranate seeds really makes a difference in the final result of this recipe.

6. Toast your pistachios: Toasting the chopped pistachios before using them adds depth of flavor and crunchiness.

7. Experiment with additional flavors: If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding other complementary flavors like apple chunks, pomegranate arils, or even a sprinkle of turkish delight on top for a flavorful twist on this classic recipe.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be sure to impress your family and friends with your mastery of this unique flavor combination in bread form.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this pomegranate, banana, and pistachio bread recipe is a must-try for anyone looking to diversify their banana bread game. The pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios add a delightful crunch and vibrancy to the classic bread. This recipe is also versatile enough for substitutions and variations, depending on your dietary preferences or pantry availability.

Furthermore, not only does this recipe taste delicious, but it also carries numerous health benefits. Pomegranate seeds are loaded with antioxidants, while bananas are a great source of fiber and vitamin C. Pistachios have healthy fats that can promote heart health and weight management.

By preparing this recipe, you’ll not only satisfy your taste buds but also nourish your body. So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and start baking!

Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread

Pomegranate, Banana and Pistachio Bread Recipe

We love banana bread, so I'm always on the lookout for new and different recipes. Although I haven't tried this one yet, this bread recipe from the Pom Wonderful website looks so good I just had to share it! NOTE: You can save time and work by using packaged pomegranate seeds, available in some grocery stores (such as Trader Joe's) in the refrigerated produce section.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 184.6 kcal


  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (2-3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios or 1/2 cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • pomegranate seeds (for garnish) (optional)
  • shelled pistachios (for garnish) (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease one 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • Score 1 fresh pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate under water to free the seed sacs. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the seeds in a separate bowl. Measure out 1/2 cup of the seeds and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining seeds for another use.).
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a small bowl, stir together bananas, oil, milk and egg; stir into flour mixture with pomegranate seeds and the chopped pistachios just until moistened. Do not over-mix!
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle a few whole shelled pistachios and a few additional pomegranate seeds over the batter for garnish.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove loaf from pan and cool on wire rack. Store bread tightly covered, or wrap tightly in foil and freeze for up to 1 month.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 67gCalories: 184.6kcalCarbohydrates: 28.1gProtein: 3.3gFat: 7.1gSaturated Fat: 1.1gCholesterol: 12.3mgSodium: 153.7mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 12.9g
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