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Ever since I was kid I’ve had a mild obsession with all things pistachio. Early on, I think I was intrigued by the bright red hued shells that would dye my fingers – I also think there was a sense of accomplishment with every shell that I successfully cracked open without my mom’s assistance.

During my childhood, my mom didn’t have a extensive baking repertoire – she bakes a lot more now – but the things she did make were absolutely adored by my brother and I. Our favorite was her No Bake Pistachio Pie. Honestly, it could be easier – a graham cracker crust, pistachio pudding and Cool Whip.

Regardless of the ease of preparation, Jared and I would each hover over the mixing bowl waiting to lick one of the electric mixer beaters. And we’d ask at least one million times, “Is it done yet?” while the pie set up in the fridge.

Deliciously creamy layers of graham cracker crust, pistachio pudding, whipped topping and chopped pistachios equal dessert perfection in my book. I jazzed it up a bit by layering it in mini parfait glasses as opposed to traditional pie form.

This simple, sweet, and nutty dessert will forever remind me of my mom and I still love it as much at 34 as I did at 8. Do you have a dessert like that?

Pistachio Pudding Parfaits

A simple combination of graham crackers, pistachio pudding and whipped topping layered in mini parfait glasses.


6 full graham crackers
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3.4 ounce box instant pistachio pudding mix (I used Jell-o brand)
1 3/4 cups cold milk
1 cup frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed (see not below)

additional whipped topping
chopped pistachios


1. In a food processor or blender, pulse graham crackers and sugar until you create fine crumbs. Remove the crumbs to a medium bowl and drizzle the butter on top of them. Use a fork to combine the butter and graham cracker crumbs. Evenly distribute the crumbs into the bottoms of your serving dishes and gently press them down to create an even crust layer. Since I used small glasses (they're from Ikea by the way) I used the bottom of a glass spice jar to press my crumbs. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine box of dry pudding mix and milk, whisk for a few minutes. Cover and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

3. Remove pudding mix from refrigerator and gently fold in 1 cup whipped topping until no white streaks remain. Spoon or pipe pudding mixture into your serving dishes. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or until ready to serve.

4. Just before serving, top with additional whipped topping and chopped pistachios.


- You can find frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip) in the freezer section of your grocery store. If you are not a fan of Cool Whip, Whole Foods sells a great alternative called Truwhip. It's free of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fat and gluten.

- Both the glass cups and spoons were purchased at Ikea.

- Parfaits are best the day the are made, but can be made 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

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  1. buttercream bakehouse says:

    I am allergic to pistachio’s but these look so good that I might be willing to risk it ;)

    1. Jamie says:

      Haha, they’re delicious but maybe just take my word for it! Have a lovely day!


  2. Christy@SweetandSavoring says:

    Mmmm, this looks so good! Plus parfaits are so pretty! :)

    1. Jamie says:


      I know, they can make a simple dessert look so fancy! Thank you so much for following MBA and have a great day!


  3. Katherines Corner says:

    I love pistachios, this is divine! xo

    1. Jamie says:


      Thank you so much! Have a great day and thanks for following MBA!


  4. Gloria // Simply Gloria says:

    I love how easy this is to make, Jamie! My husband loves pistachio. Have you tried pistachio ice cream? (It’s his fav!…you’d love it too!)

  5. Li @ Words and Cake says:

    This looks so good! I have a thing for pistachios as well, when I was a kid I loved to buy them still in their shells and crack them open one by one to eat.

  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite says:

    I really need to get back to making parfaits. I love desserts that already portioned :) and the pistachios sound amazing :)

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Pistachios are soooo good! Love this idea!

  8. Kiran @ says:

    So loving this, Jamie! Can’t live without pistachios :)

  9. ThisBakerGirlBlogs says:

    It’s always so wonderful when we can associate food with a specific memory or time from our lives. I don’t have many from my childhood but my mothers ‘famous’ chicken rates pretty high … now if only I can get her to give me the recipe so I can pass it onto my future kids!
    The pudding looks delicious and pistachios are one of my favourite nuts – I, too, would always feel a sense of accomplishment prying them open from their shells :)

  10. Faith@The Stirring Place says:

    I hated pistachio as a kid but now I LOVE it. these sound amazing!!