Nut Free Vegan Pesto

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts
  • 2 tablespoons miso or nutritional yeast*
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons cold milled flaxseeds
  • 3 cups basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, optional


  1. In a food processor, add the garlic, sea salt, hemp hearts, miso or nutritional yeast, water plus flax seed, and process until finely chopped.

  2. Add the basil, and begin to process again and slowly pour olive oil into food processor and continue to blend until mixture is smooth. Add lemon juice if desired.

Recipe Notes

*If you are allergic to soy then the nutritional yeast is a delicious plant-based alternative in this pesto.

Nutrient Analysis:
Serving size: 1½ tablespoons, Calories: 115 calories, Fat: 10 grams, Saturated fat: 1.5 grams, Carbohydrates: 1 grams, Sugar: 0 gram, Sodium: 90 milligrams, Fiber: 1 gram, Protein: 2 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams