Plant-Powered Pesto

A simple, oil-free pesto sauce with tons of flavor! This makes a big batch and keeps up to 1 week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s perfect to keep around to build a variety of plant-powered meals.


Plant-Powered Pesto


A few great ways to use this tasty pesto:

  • Spread generously on a whole grain pizza crust to replace standard pizza sauce
  • Whip up a single-serving pizza in minutes by spreading it on pita bread
  • Use it as a dip for fresh veggies
  • Spread it on whole grain or sprouted grain bread and top with your favorite veggies to make a sandwich
  • Smear it across a whole grain tortilla, top with veggies and roll into a wrap
  • Garnish steamed or roasted veggies
  • Drizzle over a veggie and grain salad
  • Drop a dollop on an Italian-spiced soup
  • Use as a sauce for whole grain or bean-based cooked pasta
  • Spread on toasted bread as a quick snack

Are there other tasty ways you use pesto? Please share in the comments section!


Plant-Powered Pesto


We used this Food Processor to blend this pesto. (Note this is an affiliate link.)

Plant-Powered Pesto

Plant-Powered Pesto

4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pesto
Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh basil packed
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 block tofu (8 ounces) firm or extra-firm
  • 1/2 cup almond milk


  • Add all ingredients to food processor, blend until smooth. 
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