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Healthy Vegan Pesto

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


Fresh and healthy vegan pesto swaps out pine nuts, cheese, and oil with something just as flavorful: cashew cream.




  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend in a food processor until creamy.
  2. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, topped with a thin film of olive oil to prevent browning. 


*To make cashew cream, combine 3/4 cup hot water with 1/2 cup cashews and let sit for 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours. In a food processor or blender, blend the cashews with their soaking liquid in 30-second increments until creamy, about 2-3 minutes total blending time. This makes about 1 cup. Reserve the other half, stored in the refrigerator.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: pesto, vegan, healthy, basil, cashew cream, sauce