Easy Vegan Pesto-How to Make Dairy-Free Pesto Sauce

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Easy Vegan Pesto- How to Make Dairy-Free Pesto Sauce

Here is another quick and easy oil-free and dairy-free recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make. 

This Dairy-free Basil Pesto Sauce is oil-free, and a great addition to a Vegan and plant-based diet.  Made using fresh basil, pine nuts, Noochy Licious Nutritional Yeast by Gloriously Vegan, garlic, and lemon juice. 

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Our Easy Vegan Pesto Sauce also makes a great ingredient to our Plant-based Pesto Pasta. Its a great way to enjoy this kid-friendly vegan plant based dish.

Dairy-Free and Oil-Free

Or my favorite new way to enjoy this delicious Easy Vegan Basil Pesto Sauce is with our newest Pesto and Tomato Pizza Recipe. 

We are always looking for vegan and plant recipes to share with you and this is definitely one that we are very proud of.

Before going vegan and plant based last year, we used to make pesto sauce using shredded parmesan cheese and oils, but this by far takes the cake.

It not only has less fat and calories than the dairy ones, it takes better and is full of whole food plant based foods that help nourish your body.

Only 7 Ingredients needed:

  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • 1 Cup Pinenuts, rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Medium Lemon, squeezed
  • 7 Medium Garlic Cloves
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • Water as needed

Add all the ingredients to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If it is too thick you can add additional water until reach desired consistency.  Add additional ingredients to your taste.

You can also use cashews in place of pinenuts or a combo of both. There was also one time that I made this recipe and I was unable to get enough fresh basil, so I added some baby spinach to the recipe and it actually turned out great.

Leftovers

To make a larger batch just double or triple the ingredients. This sauce makes a great vegan and plant based dressing to enjoy with your favorite salad or power bowl. You can store the leftovers in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

Easy Vegan Pesto (Dairy-Free and Oil-Free)

Easy Vegan Pesto (Dairy-Free and Oil-Free)

Yield: Clean Food Mama
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This pesto is dairy-free and oil-free.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • 1 Cup Pinenuts, rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Medium Lemon, squeezed
  • 7 Medium Garlic Cloves
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • Water as needed

Instructions

In a blender or food processor add in basil, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt, and blend.

Add in water as needed to make it a smooth consistency.



If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #cleanfoodmama on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Here are some other Vegan dishes you might like:

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

Plant-based Broccoli Mac and Cheese

One Pan Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Here are some of the Kitchen Essentials we used to make this vegan and plant based recipe:

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Stephanie is the founder of Clean Food Mama, a blog about a health journey, weight loss and getting more plants into your diet. She discusses her health journey and empowering others to do the same. She shed 125 lbs by incorporating a whole foods plant based diet. Click here to learn more about plant based foods.

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