Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe

This vegan cashew pesto sauce is seriously one of my best vegan recipes so far! Yum!!

I’m a life long pesto lover. I love pesto in all it’s types and flavors, particularly basil pesto. But one thing I obviously avoid now is the diary in said pesto, and this broke my heart initially.

A small, metalic dish filled with Vegan Basil Pesto sits on a table in front of a white bowl filled with pesto pasta.

But it didn’t take me long to figure out that I could simply replace the dairy with soaked cashews and end up with a basil pesto that is even better than the dairy version I used to love so much!

In fact, if nobody told me there were cashews in there, I never would have guessed. The flavor is nearly identical to the dairy based stuff. In fact, it’s the best pesto I’ve made to date!

I hope you’ll enjoy it to. 🙂


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Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe
Vegan Basil Pesto
Prep Time
10 mins
Overnight Soaking
10 hrs
Total Time
10 mins

A delicious, dairy free pesto that's super easy to make and will leave you wanting more! This could seriously be my best pesto recipe yet!

Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 50 kcal
Author: Last Minute Vegan
  • 2 cups fresh basil (firmly packed for measuring)
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  1. Soak the nuts overnight in some fresh water and then drain the water off. The yield the next day will be more than a cup, but that's okay. Use them all in this recipe.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. You can adjust the salt and garlic to your liking or even the oil if you want a runnier consistency. But these measurements make a good pesto sauce as is. The rest is up to your personal tastes.

  3. If this makes too much for you to use up right away, freeze in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop out the cubes and transfer to a freezer-safe container for storage. You can freeze this up to 6 months.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp.)
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 67mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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