Pistachio milk is one of the best plant-based milks for the environment.
Pistachios are loaded with heart-healthy fats and antioxidants.
Pistachio milk is a plant based alternative to cow's milk. It's packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, and other nutrients, and it's one of the most environmentally-friendly non-dairy milks there is!
Considering giving it a try?
This is the ultimate guide with everything you will ever need to know about pistachio milk.
What is Pistachio Milk?
What's in pistachio milk, you ask? Well, it's simple. Pistachios and water! That's it.
However, pistachio milk is available in both sweetened and unsweetened varieties, much like all other alternative milks. Some contain fillers and/or additives, but this is also standard for nut-based milk.
Check out our video below for more information on pistachio milk.
What Does Pistachio Milk Taste & Look Like?
Pistachio milk, like the nut itself, has a slightly off-green tint, so it looks super homey and comforting. It also has a nutty, rich flavor and, unlike other nut milk, actually tastes like pistachio!
Drinks like almond milk have a fairly neutral flavor, but pistachio milk is filled with character.
In terms of texture, well-made pistachio milk ends up being really smooth and creamy, and it's ideal for adding to coffees. Why do you say? Because it froths! No more need for a fancy barista version of your favorite plant milk.
Sounds pretty great, doesn't it?
While it loses some of the health benefits associated with whole nuts, pistachio milk has low calorie content and is rich in proteins. This is especially true compared to other plant milks, which can be unfortunately lacking in protein compared to cow's milk.
Pistachio Milk Nutrition Facts
While pistachio milk may not be as high in nutrients as other plant-based milks, it still has its merits.
Obviously, its nutritional value depends on the type you're drinking, as well as the manufacturer, but it's a delicious low-calorie drink that is also good for the environment.
We'll touch on that in a second. For now, let's look at the nutrition facts for one cup of pistachio milk:
Pistachio Milk Nutrition Facts
One serving of pistachio milk also has almost 40% of your daily vitamin A value, as well as 26% of your calcium and 2% of your iron. It's exceptionally low in carbohydrates and sugars, as well as only 1% of your daily sodium intake.
The Benefits of Pistachio Milk
Pistachios are popular not just because they're high in protein and fiber, but also because they're high in micronutrients and critical vitamins and minerals like calcium and zinc, making this nut milk well worth the 90 calories per cup.
Balanced Nutritional Profile
Pistachio milk is rich in antioxidants, phytosterols, and heart-healthy lipids, and it has more potassium than other non-dairy milks.
Compared to other plant-based milks, like oat milk, pistachio milk has fewer calories, sugar, and carbohydrates.
Pistachio milk is lactose- and dairy-free, cholesterol-free, and brimming with healthy fats. There's a reason it's gaining popularity so rapidly.
Vitamins and Minerals
The nuts themselves are considered a complete protein and are one of the highest-fiber nuts out there. They also have lots of healthy fats and are loaded with vitamin B6 and several antioxidants.
While pistachio milk isn't the most nutrient-dense alternative milk, as it does lose something in the straining process, it provides similar health benefits. It has small amounts of fiber, protein, and unsaturated fat, better than most other alternative milks.
One of pistachio milk's biggest benefits is definitely the fact that pistachios are substantially more environmentally friendly than other nuts.
That's why pistachio milk was in the top three of our list of the most environmentally friendly plant-based milks.
If you buy pistachio milk from environmentally conscious companies, it usually comes in eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.
The Downsides of Pistachio Milk
Pistachio milk is great; we can see that. But it has some drawbacks. Pistachio milk is often more expensive than other dairy alternatives, and it's also more difficult to find in stores.
This is because of the industrial process that goes into generating pistachio milk. We can only grow pistachio trees in a few climates, and they take a long time to mature. Furthermore, the soil, water, and sunlight that pistachios require for growth all influence the taste of the finished product.
The Flavor Varies
This is an interesting drawback because it's also something that good be a major benefit.
Namely, just like a good batch of grapes makes for better wine, all the above factors determine the flavor you may get from a specific batch. So two bags may taste different, even if it's subtle.
All we're saying is if it's consistency you're after, pistachio milk may come as a surprise.
Not Everyone's Cup of Tea
Lastly, and this "drawback" is mostly based on preference, it has a distinct nutty taste and is a little green, so if that's not up your alley, then pistachio milk may not be the best option for you.
How To Make Pistachio Milk
While pistachio milk may have a longer wait time than the other milks we've made, it is very hands-off and well worth the effort.
Because pistachios are a hard nut, they need more soaking than some of the other options out there.
However, all you need to do is plan ahead and remember to put them in the fridge the night before.
- 1 cup of pistachios
- 3 cups of water (plus extra for soaking)
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 date or 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
For every 1 cup of pistachios you use, you'll need 3 cups of water. If you intend to change the size of the recipe, keep this ratio in mind.
- High-speed blender
- Nut milk bag (or cheesecloth, napkin, or mesh strainer)
- Glass bottle or jar
Soak your pistachios overnight in water.
Once soaked, rinse and drain them.
Blend the pistachios with water in a blender.
Strain the mixture with a nut-bag to remove the pulp.
Pour into your glass jar or bottle and enjoy.
Homemade pistachio milk has a shorter lifespan in the fridge, so be sure to drink it within 2-3 days of making.
You can use the leftover pistachio pulp in an assortment of desserts, but it's especially good mixed with cardamom and honey and blended into a paste.
Pistachio Milk Recipes
We should use pistachio milk in recipes where the earthy, distinct flavor of the pistachios can be highlighted rather than blending into the background.
It's fantastic in overnight oats, cereal, smoothies, and as a non-dairy substitute for cream in soups, to name but a few options.
Pistachio Milk Chia Pudding
Chia puddings are great if you plan ahead a little and make a batch the night before. Some people aren't so partial to the texture, but if you love it, you love it. You know what we mean.
This recipe takes the rich nuttiness of pistachio milk and uses it to enhance the natural flavors of vanilla and rose water. It's great served over granola or just eaten on its own with sliced fruit!
The recipe calls for raw shelled pistachios and water. Just use your homemade pistachio milk in the same quantities!
Check out this yummy-sounding recipe here.
Rose Pistachio Milk Drink
Something sounds like summer.
Rose-infused milk with the delicate nutty taste of pistachios? Yes, please! It sounds like something straight out of a Moroccan guidebook.
This is great to make for friends and family, and it's super easy to substitute the full-fat milk for something lighter and richer (like pistachio milk). Mixed with dried rose petals and spicy cardamom pods, you won't regret it.
If you don't have whole cane sugar, substitute any liquid sweetener. Honey would be especially delicious.
By the way, this can be drunk hot or cold. So take your pick and enjoy.
Edamame, Okra, and Green Pea Pistachio Korma
This is a super tasty, super creamy korma curry that'll have your taste buds begging for more. They use almond milk but we recommend you substitute pistachio milk, as it will give this dish a good boost of rich nuttiness.
The sliced okra gives this dish a much-needed tang of bitterness and earthy flavor, while the pistachio milk, green peas, and edamame help balance out the sweetness.
Definitely worth a try. Check it out here.
Pistachio Milk FAQ
Still have questions? We've put together a handy list of the most frequently asked questions about pistachio milk.
Is Pistachio Milk Good for You?
Unsweetened plant-based milks are often lower (or comparable) in calories, saturated fat, and carbs than cow's milk. It's also packed with healthy fats and micronutrients to support your overall health.
Is Pistachio Milk a Thing?
Oh yes, it is! While it's mostly growing in size in America, it's reaching international shores. The only reason it isn't more renowned is that it is a bit pricey, though the cost is often worth the knowledge that the foods you're consuming are better for the environment than their counterparts.
How Long Does Pistachio Milk Last?
Unopened pistachio milk bought from the stores has a great shelf life. Once opened you should drink it in 10 days, though you may find the taste turning a bit strange after too long. It's not "off;" it's just old.
Homemade pistachio milk will last for up to three days in the fridge, and this is largely because there are no added preservatives.
Is Pistachio Milk High in Fat?
While pistachios themselves can be high in (good) fats, pistachio milk itself is pretty low, with a total of 7g total fat per cup. This number seem a bit high, but the fats in pistachio milk are healthy, saturated fats that can help combat bad cholesterol when consumed in moderation.
What Does Pistachio Milk Taste Like?
If you're worried about pistachio nut milk tasting distinctly pistachio-y, not to worry. Yes, it has a nutty taste, more so than almond, but it's also rich and earthy and complements other warm flavors really well. It's smooth and creamy and froths well for coffees, too, and the nutty flavor will only enhance the taste of your brew.
Nutty for Pistachio Milk
Pistachios may be a tough nut to crack, so to speak, but they're worthwhile, both in eating and drinking. Making your own pistachio milk has never been easier, and though it may not rival other plant-based milks like soy, it's still well worth the effort.
With a higher protein and fiber content than oat and almond milk, and a smaller carbon footprint, we're practically begging you to try it. Its distinctive taste and delicate color will leave you wanting more, we promise.
Want to learn about other types of non-dairy milk? Check out our other guides below!