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Dairy Free Basil Pesto

Made in just minutes, this homemade, Dairy Free Basil Pesto is so versatile, makes a tasty stir through pasta sauce, dip, pizza sauce, and even sandwich spread. It’s bursting with fresh, light, and creamy flavours that you will absolutely love.

But before we get to the details of the recipe, here are a few tips and options for you, and be sure to watch my video below to see how easy it is to make!


Can I leave out the cashews or replace them? Yes, you can but the reason I add cashews is that they are so creamy and the perfect dairy-free substitute.

Why do you add hemp seeds at the end? The hemp seeds add the texture that parmesan cheese gives a traditional pesto. Plus, hemp seeds are high in protein and contain all nine essential amino acids, rich in omega-3 and a range of vitamins and minerals.

What else can I use this recipe for? I love adding this pesto to recipes like pasta, sandwiches, salads, grilled meats, and even with baked vegetables. It especially goes well with smashed potatoes or fried eggs!

How can I extend the shelf life of my pesto? You can freeze it in an ice cube container or in small Tupperware containers. Please note however that freezing it can result in a change of texture and taste after thawing. This will not be an issue if you use it in cooking but I would not suggest using it as a dip. I personally leave it in the refrigerator after I have sealed the jars for up to 6 months. Once opened, consume within 2 weeks.

And now it’s time to start cooking! As always, if you make any of my recipes, I would love to hear your feedback. Don’t forget to save it on your Pinterest board as well! I have a board named CreateCookShare that you can follow and save. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Be well and keep on cooking, Margaret x