Extra thick and packed with flavor – this vegan, oil-free & nut-free basil pesto will knock your socks off.
If you had to pick one cuisine in the world to stick to, which would it be?
I’d say Italian without a moment’s hesitation. Not because of the pizza or the delicious tomato sauce but because of pesto.
I’ve been obsessed with the condiment for years and my husband shares the sentiment (lucky me!). Which is why we go through at least one jar of basil pesto each month. Be it on pasta, gnocchi, quinoa or simply as a dip for fresh whole grain bread, we love it all.
To make sure we keep things healthy, I would make my healthy vegan pesto that’s completely cholesterol-free because it uses vegan Parmesan. However, the recipe is still filled with oil. Extra virgin olive oil but oil nonetheless.
While don’t subscribe to the theory that oil is totally bad in all forms, I do recognize there are healthier, less processed sources of fat.
But how to make pesto without oil?
There is a number of options including using avocado, nut butters or even green peas but being a sesame lover (and because I know many of you are too), I went with tahini. To keep the pesto nut-free, I also swaped pepita seeds for the more traditional pine nuts.
Bonus points: pepita seeds are SO MUCH cheaper!
What you end up with a very thick nut-free basil pesto that’s packed with flavor but also super healthy. It’s perfect for a speedy dinner prep (just toss it with some pasta) or as a delicious spread. We even love it as a veggie dip.
Tip: If you prefer a runnier pesto, simply add a bit more water. You might just need a bit more seasoning to keep the flavor intensity.
So without further ado, bring out the food processors and get pureeing! :)
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or a high-powered blender and puree until smooth.
- If you need to, stop the processor a couple times and scrape the pesto from its sides.
- Enjoy right away or store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months (I love to do this in an ice cube tray)
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