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Easy Vegan Cashew Pesto Recipe

This Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto recipe could not be tastier! Made with just a handful of simple, healthy ingredients, this creamy vegan pesto makes a vibrant accompaniment to a variety of foods and dishes!

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This creamy Vegan Pesto recipe makes for a magnificent way to use fresh basil! It is so utterly delicious that you would never guess that it is completely dairy-free and without cheese. It’s most reminiscent of a classic basil pesto recipe, and can be enjoyed a large variety of ways.

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Cashew Pesto

This Easy Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto is:

  • Super flavorful.

  • Easy to make.

  • Creamy.

  • Filled with wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients.

  • Vegan, dairy-free, cheese-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free.

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What Ingredients are Needed to Make Vegan Cashew Pesto?

  • Raw cashews.

  • Fresh basil.

  • Olive oil.

  • Nutritional yeast.

  • Apple cider vinegar.

  • Garlic or garlic powder.

  • Black pepper.

  • Salt.

(Note: see recipe card near bottom of post for full ingredients, amounts, and method.)

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How to Make Vegan Cashew Pesto – Step by Step

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.

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2. Blend until smooth.

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3. Salt to taste.

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4. Enjoy!

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Top Tips for Making Basil Cashew Pesto

  1. Keep it Fresh

    I recommend using fresh basil for best results!

  2. Store it

    This Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto keeps well in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 10 days!

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Common Recipe Questions

  1. Can I make this vegan pesto recipe nut-free?

    Yes! Simply use raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds in place of the cashews!

  2. Can I omit the nutritional yeast?

    Yes. This vegan pesto will not have the same ‘cheesy’ undertones but will still be super delicious!

  3. Can I replace the vinegar with lemon juice?

    Yes. The apple cider vinegar can be replaced with either lemon or lime juice for similar results.

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Vegan Cashew Pesto

This Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto recipe could not be tastier! Made with just a handful of simple, healthy ingredients, this creamy vegan pesto makes a vibrant accompaniment to a variety of foods and dishes!
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Course: Condiments, Vegan
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Halal, Hindu, Kosher, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 1/4 cup
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed basil 20 grams
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews 75 grams
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 290 grams
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 4 garlic cloves
  • sea salt or pink salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a food processor or blender combine all of the above ingredients (except salt).
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please refer to the TIPS and QUESTIONS sections above in the post for valuable information.
Also see: Nutritional Yeast Recipes.
Also see our: Vegan Honey.
You might like: Vegan Queso.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g
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