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Vegan Lemon Pistachio Loaf

Vegan Lemon Pistachio Cake Ochre

Vegan Lemon Pistachio Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10
Author Cookie Madness


  • 3/4 cup raw pistachios 105 grams
  • Zest of 2 lemons measure by tablespoons
  • cups all-purpose flour 220 grams
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200 grams
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup melted refined coconut oil or vegetable oil 70 grams
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Icing
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar I found 1 1/2 cups to be just fine


  • Preheat oven to 325F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan (original recipe called for a 9x5 inch pan) with coconut oil or your favorite vegan fat, then line with a strip of parchment paper and grease again.
  • Pulse pistachios in a food processor until coarsely ground, then set aside about 1 tablespoon. Pulse until finely ground.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk or stir together lemon zest, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and remaining pistachios. Make sure all of the dry ingredients are very thoroughly mixed.
  • In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, and 1/2 cup water.
  • Pour oil mixture into dry ingredients and fold with a rubber spatula to combine, being very careful not to overmix, as this will result in a gummy texture. The batter is fairly thick.
  • Transfer to greased pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake cake until golden brown all over, it springs back when gently pressed, and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50–60 minutes (mine took a full 60 minutes in the 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch pan).
  • Let cool completely for at least two hours.
  • Using parchment overhang, lift cake out of pan and place on rack. Peel away parchment.
  • To make the icing put 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar in a bowl and begin adding lemon juice one tablepoon at a time, stirring after each addition, until the icing is a pourable consistency. Drizzle over and down the sides, then sprinkle with reserved ground pistachios.