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Cheesy Vegan Pesto

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Pesto is such a versatile condiment to have on hand. It can be slathered on keto bread or low-carb crackers as a snack, tossed through zoodles to make a tasty vegan pasta dish, slathered on meat or fish as a delicious marinade.

This recipe is both nut free, dairy free and vegan, and uses a mixture of sunflower and pumpkin seeds along with nutritional yeast instead of the more traditional pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Rest assured though that flavour isn’t compromised here — this pesto is just as delicious as it’s traditional counterpart!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 tbsp, 15 g/ 0.5 oz

Allergy information for Cheesy Vegan Pesto

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 tbsp, 15 g/ 0.5 oz)

Net carbs0.9 grams
Protein1.7 grams
Fat5.8 grams
Calories62 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 11%, fat 83%
Total carbs1.6 gramsFiber0.7 gramsSugars0.1 gramsSaturated fat0.8 gramsSodium146 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium14 mg(4% RDA)Potassium67 mg(3% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 1 cup/ 240 ml/ 8 fl oz)


  1. Wash and pat dry the basil.
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  2. Add all of the ingredients except for the lemon juice and olive oil to a food processor, and process until the seeds and basil are finely chopped.
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  3. Add the lemon juice and pulse to combine. Scoop out the basil mix and place in a small bowl or jar. Stir through the olive oil until combined.
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  4. Store in a sealed contained in the fridge 2 – 3 weeks.
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    Make sure when storing that there is a layer of olive oil covering the pesto — this will keep the ingredients fresher for longer.
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Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 tbsp, 15 g/ 0.5 oz)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Basil, fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Sunflower seeds
0.1 g0.2 g0.6 g6 kcal
Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
0.1 g0.4 g0.6 g7 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Yeast, nutritional yeast, dried
0.3 g0.9 g0.1 g7 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g4.5 g40 kcal
Total per serving, 1 tbsp, 15 g/ 0.5 oz
0.9 g1.7 g5.8 g62 kcal

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