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Vegan White Bean Pesto {High Protein, Nut-Free}

Versatile, velvety-smooth vegan white bean pesto, made in minutes with 5 ingredients. It is high protein & can be enjoyed as a sauce, dip or spread!

Hello, everyone! Apologies for my brief posting furlough. I was home in California, relishing some quality time with my family, as well as the San Francisco fog. Both were blissful.

But I am back, full-force, and excited to return to crafting and sharing recipes with all of you! First up: my creamy pesto recipe. It was devised in desperation to use up the remaining basil in our backyard garden.

Most of our plants are withering following our absence, but a few shoots of basil keep holding on for dear life. They deserve a proper use for surviving the heat, and this pesto is just that. Smooth, luscious, and very basil-centric, it can be eaten like hummus, spread on sandwiches, or spooned over late summer-vegetables.

Be sure to try it on ripe tomatoes. Sigh.

This isn’t a pesto to replace your favorite pesto recipe, but rather a delicious option. It is a good fit for end-of-the-season summer vegetables as well as for back-to-school lunches (e.g., make a quick sandwich or wrap featuring the pesto and a few other fillings, or pack a container-full for dipping and dunking in place of the usual hummus).

It has a few more features that make it worthy of trying (and, subsequently, loving). Specifically, this pesto is:

*High in protein (4.5 grams per 1/4 cup)
*High in fiber (3.5 grams per 1/4 cup)
*Dairy-free
*Nut-free
*Grain-free

Despite its differences from traditional pesto, it shares a key application: when mixed with hot pasta, it is a sensational (and speedy) dinner. I can never have enough of such options, can you? 🙂

Happy eating, everyone!

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Yield: 2 cups

Vegan White Bean Pesto {High Protein, Nut-Free}

Vegan White Bean Pesto {High Protein, Nut-Free}

Versatile, velvety-smooth vegan white bean pesto, made in minutes with 5 ingredients. It is high protein & can be enjoyed as a sauce, dip or spread!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans (or other white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 packed cups washed/dried fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk (I used hemp milk)
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled
  • fine sea salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or high-speed blender, process the drained beans, basil, milk, nutritional yeast, olive oil and garlic until blended and completely smooth, stopping the machine several times to scrape down the sides.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the pesto to an airtight container. Use as a dip, spread, a drizzle/sauce for vegetables, or toss with hot pasta.

Notes

Storage: Store the pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 82Total Fat 3.7gSaturated Fat 0.5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 119mgCarbohydrates 9.6gFiber 3.5gSugar 0gProtein 4.5g

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Marianne

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Can I add dried basil and/or fresh parsley if the fresh basil is scarce at the store?

Camilla

Monday 28th of December 2020

Yes! Absolutely!

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cho

Monday 18th of May 2020

Will this taste good if I skip the nutritional yeast?

Camilla

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Yes, it will still be tasty!

Thea G

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

This pesto is excellent! I added a small clove of garlic. I haven’t had pesto in years...amazing! Thank you!

Camilla

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Hi Thea! I am so glad to hear it! And thank you for mentioning the garlic, as I forgot to write it in to the recipe. There should indeed be one or two cloves of garlic, so I am glad you added it :)

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