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Vegan Pesto Recipe

Many vegan pesto recipes leave a lot to be desired. It's hard to beat the alternatives loaded with Parmesan and Romano cheese. This comes really close. The yeast flakes provide the pungency of cheese, and the garlic and red onion add layers of umami. If you have also add your own cheese, yogurt or hummus to kick it up a notch. It's good. Enjoy.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 6


  • 3 cups fresh basil ~3 ounces
  • 1/4 cup walnuts substitute pinenuts, almonds or cashews
  • 1/4 cup yeast flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic substitute 1-2 tsp. garlic powder or minced granules
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil optional
  • 1/4 cup red onion substitute 1-2 tsp. onion powder or minced granules
  • 1-2 Medjool dates optional, can also use 1 tsp. honey, maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1/4 cup vegan yogurt, cheese or hummus optional
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.