Easy Raw Vegan Basil Pesto Sauce with Avocado Recipe

Vegan pesto
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (8 servings)
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This is a cheese-free raw vegan version of the Italian classic, pesto, with fresh raw basil and avocado. And it is every bit as divine. Though you can use many herbs to make pesto, this recipe uses basil which is the most popular version. You can substitute some or all of the avocado with olive oil if you have to, but you probably will only need 4 to 6 tablespoons. This sauce goes great with raw zucchini noodles and the raw vegan Mediterranean Salad. Or try it as a sauce on raw pizza along with the Herb Pine Nut Macadamia Nut Raw Cheese.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups basil (tightly packed)
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup avocado (mashed)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon  yeast (nutritional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (raw)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (sea, or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons water (if needed)

How to Make It

Blend all ingredients together in a blender of food processor adding water as needed to reach your desired consistency. Adjust lemon juice and salt according to your tastes as well.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 106
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 160 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)