Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto in a white bol on wooden background

Last summer the basil in my garden was becoming so big, it was rather a bush, than a herb. So what do you do with a lot, and I mean a looooot of basil? Best option for too much basil is still making a pesto. And of course it had to be a vegan version of the pesto, not like the traditional ones with parmesan.

Basil leaves on grey floor

Walnuts instead of expensive pine nuts

I chose walnuts for this vegan pesto. Usually pesto is made with pine nuts, they taste great, but are often very expensive. Walnuts are still nuts, and nuts are not the cheapest, at least not here in Spain, but anyway, they are generally more affordable and have a lovely deep, hearty flavour.

Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto, all ingredients in food processor

No cheese, please

The cheese I replace with nutritional yeast, these little yellow flakes with a cheesy-nutty flavour and as an extra they are also packed with B-vitamins and usually fortified with B12 as well. Win-win-win!

Speedy clean-up guaranteed

I recommend using a food processor for making this pesto, although I think a blender can be used as well, or even a hand blender. But I usually do it in my food processor. You can literally place all the ingredients in the processor, blitz and that’s it! So speedy and easy and you only have to clean the food processor, or well – put it in the dishwasher 🙂

Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto in food processor

Get creative

This vegan walnut-basil pesto is bested used with freshly cooked pasta or it goes also well on top of roasted vegetables of all kind, on a piece of toasted bread (for example my Zopf bread) or you can also make pasta lasagne or any other pasta bake. The possibilities for a pesto are endless!

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Basil-Walnut-Pesto (vegan, gf)
An amazing recipe for a vegan pesto made with walnuts, basil and nutritional yeast! This creamy dreamy pesto is very easy to prepare and a total upgrade for your next pasta!
Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto in bowl on black slate
Prep Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto in bowl on black slate
  1. Wash basil leaves and place into food processor.
  2. Peel garlic cloves, chop roughly and place into food processor.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to food processor and blitz until you get a creamy, smooth consistency. Adjust by adding more olive oil (or water) if it's too dry.
  4. Use on pasta, roasted veggies, bread or anything you like and store the rest of the pesto in the fridge.
Recipe Notes

You can keep this pesto in an airtight container in the fridge during 1 week without any problem.


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