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Pesto (Vegan, Oil-free, & Gluten free)

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

This pesto is easy to make and can be used for sandwiches, pizza, pasta, hummus, or as a dip. You can switch out the type of nuts or seeds, personally I really love it with pistachios.


  • 2 oz fresh basil leaves (About 2 cups packed)

  • 2 oz fresh spinach (About 2 cups)

  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios

  • Juice from 1 lemon (About 4 tbsp)

  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • Water as needed for blending

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add all ingredients and 1 tbsp of water to your food processor and blend. Scrape down the sides and blend again. Continue scraping down the sides of the food processor and add additional water, 1 tbsp at a time as needed to blend to the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Store the pesto in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.

Notes: If serving as a pasta sauce, cook 12-16 oz of pasta. Add the pesto, 1/4 cup pasta cooking water, and mix well. Serve with optional chopped pistachios and red pepper flakes.

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