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Easy Nut-Free Pesto Nutfreevegan
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Easy Nut-Free Pesto

This Easy Nut-Free Pesto relies on flax seed and nutritional yeast to make an Italian staple accessible to everyone—including those with an allergy to tree nuts.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Author: The Nut-Free Vegan


  • 1 clove garlic loosely chopped
  • ½ cup flax seed I used brown, but golden would work too
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups basil leaves stemmed and tightly packed
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper


  • Add garlic, flax seed and olive oil to food processor or blender. Pulse for about 30 seconds or until everything is somewhat smooth and mixed.
  • Add in basil and continue to pulse until everything is blended well.
  • Pour mixture into a bowl and stir in remaining ingredients until everything is combined.
  • Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.


Add more olive oil if the consistency is too thick.
This recipe is gluten-free.


Serving: 1g