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Vegan Basil Pesto

Vegan Basil Pesto | This homemade vegan pesto recipe is a much healthier alternative to the store-bought version. It’s dairy-free and gluten-free and a super easy recipe to make. Add it to your favorite gluten-free pasta for an easy gluten-free dinner! | Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink #shuangyskitchensink #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #veganpesto #easypesto #pestorecipes #basilpesto #realfoodrecipes

 

This Homemade Basil Pesto is my go-to sauce and dressing. It is cheesy and flavorful despite being dairy-free. It is also a great alternative for lower oil/fat, vegan friendly, paleo and whole 30 compliant. It’s the perfect plant-based sauce for Italian dishes and more!

This is Pesto-bly the easiest sauce to make. For this pesto recipe all you need is basil, garlic, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and nutritional yeast. With just a few simple ingredients, this homemade vegan basil pesto is so much healthier than the store-bought version. That’s why I love making my own healthy versions of sauces and dips.

Health Benefits of Basil Pesto

 

Vegan Dairy Free Pesto with all the ingredients in a blender: basil, garlic, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, toasted pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice.

 

First of all, you may already know that basil has the best smell. Seriously I can sniff it all day. Secondly, it is often known to be the main spice in Italian and Thai Cuisines, such as this pasta with pesto.

In addition, basil has a lot more benefits to offer:

  1. Contains Disease-Fighting Antioxidants
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Fights Cancer
  4. Combats Stress and Depression
  5. Supports Liver Function
  6. Improves Digestions

Read more about the benefits about basil here.

Healthy Alternatives in this Pesto recipe

 

Vegan Basil Pesto | This homemade vegan pesto recipe is the best healthy alternative to the store-bought version. It’s dairy-free and gluten-free and a super easy recipe to make. Add it to your favorite gluten-free pasta for an easy gluten-free dinner! | Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink #shuangyskitchensink #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #veganpesto #easypesto #pestorecipes #basilpesto #realfoodrecipes

The traditional basil pesto calls for pine nuts. I originally came to testing this basil pesto recipe without nuts because I have a couple friends who have nuts allergies. It is so good with pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts. I will tell you a trick to make it as creamy as the texture using pine nuts.

Toasted Pine Nuts for the best Pesto

Just to take the flavor up a notch, I toasted the pine nuts. 

 

Main ingredient for vegan basil pesto: toasted pine nuts

Nut-Free: Pumpkin Seeds

This is one of my favorite substitute! Although you may argue that pumpkin seeds are not as fatty as pine nuts, and the pesto won’t turn out as creamy. Here is the secret! I soak 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds in warm water and a pinch of salt overnight. Not only it makes the pesto so creamy, it is also better for digestion. I talked more about the benefits of soaking nuts and seeds in this post.

Different Greens of Choice:

In addition to Basil, I also love mixing other greens like cilantro, spinach or kale. Cilantro has a very distinct taste, so it’s not for everyone. BUT it does have lots of health benefits.

  1. Helps Remove Harmful Heavy metals
  2. Great for digestive system
  3. Supports heart Health
  4. Ease anxiety
  5. Rich in vitamin A

(Read more here )

Dairy Free Pesto

For that cheesy color and flavor, I use nutritional yeast, which is a man-made yeast that’s extremely high in B12 (a vitamin especially important for vegans). I love adding nutritional yeast to make my vegan “cheese” sauce, on top of salad, and more, to give these dishes a salty and cheesy flavor.

My Favorite Way to Enjoy this Vegan Pesto

vegan basil pesto with gluten free chickpea pasta mixed with mushroom, avocado and spinach
Vegan Basil Pesto with Gluten Free Pasta

Pasta and Pesto are like the best combo on earth. Oh Gee aren’t Italians just brilliant? Although the traditional basil pesto or pasta dish is considered fatty, filled with carbs and often make us feel bloated, I have discovered a couple Gluten-Free Pasta options that are great healthy alternatives.

There are a couple gluten free pasta I love:

  1. Banza Chickpea Pasta
  2. Red Lentil Pasta from Tolerant or Trader Joe’s

These are great gluten free and vegan pasta options. Although they are not paleo or whole 30 compliant since they are made with legumes.

Last but not least, this Dairy-FreeGluten-Free, Paleo Friendly basil pesto is super easy to make. Just pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Viola! It is cheesy, nutty and delicious!

 

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Yield: 5

Vegan Basil Pesto

Vegan Basil Pesto

This pesto recipe is cheesy and flavorful despite being dairy-free. It is a great alternative for lower oil/fat, vegan friendly, paleo and whole 30 compliant.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cup basil
  • 1 cup spinach or cilantro
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (Nut free alternative: pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp salt, pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor
  2. Scrape the wall of the food processor a few times to make sure all the ingredients are well blended
  3. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days
  4. Make your favorite pasta dish to go with this healthy pesto and enjoy!

Notes

  1. You can substitute pine nuts with walnuts fattier and creamier taste or pumpkin seeds for nuts allergy.
  2. If you don't like the taste of cilantro, you can substitute it with kale or spinach or just simply omit it

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 308mg Carbohydrates: 3g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
The Nutrition Fact Below is specific to the ingredient I choose to use for this recipe, which may vary.

 

You May Also Like These Recipes:

1. Butternut Squash “Cheese” Sauce

2. The Best Vegan Mushroom Bacon

3. Avocado Hummus (Whole 30 Recipe)

 

Vegan Basil Pesto | This homemade vegan pesto recipe is the best healthy alternative to the store-bought version. It’s dairy-free and gluten-free and a super easy recipe to make. Add it to your favorite gluten-free pasta for an easy gluten-free dinner! | Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink #shuangyskitchensink #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #veganpesto #easypesto #pestorecipes #basilpesto #realfoodrecipes

 

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