The best vegan nut-free pesto recipe. Creamy, zesty and, bursting with flavors!
Pesto sauce is a long-time favorite of mine. My love for this green sauce goes back to childhood with my mum’s Caprese salad.
Being plant-based, and not a huge fan of pine nuts I decided to come up with my own version.
Like any pesto sauce recipe, this one has the basic fresh basil, garlic, and lemon. But can you guess what else??
My vegan nut-free pesto contains sunflower seeds!! Yes, you read that right. Sunflower seeds. These superfood seeds replace perfectly the pine nuts and add a subtle deepness to the pesto.
And no nutritional yeast required!!
You have to try it this deliciousness for yourself !!
Bursting with flavors this vegan nut-free pesto is perfect on
And taste amazing spread in sandwiches
Or dipping sauce
Try this vegan nut-free pesto with these extra crispy oven-baked fries. In my opinion, crispy fries and pesto are a match made in heaven.
A flavorful vegan nut-free pesto that you can make in less than 5min with a handful of ingredients. No nutritional yeast required!! Oil-free!
- 1 Cup Fresh Basil (packed)
- 1 Garlic clove
- 1/3 Cup Sunflower seed (raw)
- 1 Tsp Sunflower seed butter (optional)
- 1/2 Lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
In a food processor, place lemon juice, sunflower seed butter, and sunflower seeds. (Optional: you can replace sunflower seed butter with 2 tbsp of water)
Add garlic, salt and, pepper. Add the fresh basil on top.
Blend for approx 1 minute or until well combined and creamy. ( Add more water if needed)
This recipe is my go-to for meal prep because it’s so easy to grab and it makes everything taste better. Although, I try to make small batches every time because the color easily turns deeper with the contact of air.
You can store it in an airtight container for up to a week. To slow the color change process you can add some lemon juice on top of your pesto, before sealing. Keep in the fridge.
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