Quick and easy pumpkin seed pesto, with a touch of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. Perfect as a sandwich spread, pasta sauce, or slathered on vegetables.

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

I’ve been trying to eat more greens lately, and just more vegetables in general. I used to eat kale left, right and center (and sometimes diagonally), but I must have fallen off the wagon and landed in a pile of bananas and grains, because that’s what I’ve been surviving on these days.

Pesto is a pretty versatile food. I’ve been using this pesto on everything lately; steamed kale, sandwiches, wraps, pasta and even using it as the base of a salad dressing. Okay, maybe I haven’t put it on EVERYTHING, but give me enough time and I’ll make that statement true.

Pumpkin seed pesto is a nice nut free alternative to traditional pesto, which is typically made with pine nuts. And, by using nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan, this sauce becomes dairy free as well, making it suitable for vegans or those with allergies.

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

The pumpkin seeds can easily be swapped out for sunflower seeds, walnuts or pine nuts, if that’s what you’re feeling. Don’t get too hung up on measuring all the ingredients out exactly. When it’s the consistency you want and tastes good to you, that all that matters.

Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Yields 1 cup
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 40g (1 cup tightly packed) Basil
  2. ½ cup Pumpkin Seeds
  3. ⅓ cup Sunflower Oil (or Olive Oil)
  4. ⅛ cup Nutritional Yeast
  5. 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  6. ½ tsp Sea Salt
  7. 1 Garlic Clove, minced
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. You can thin it out with more oil if you prefer a more runny pesto.
Notes
  1. You can lightly toast the pumpkin seeds before blending if desired.
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Quick and easy pumpkin seed pesto, with a touch of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. Perfect as a sandwich spread, pasta sauce, or slathered on vegetables.

5 thoughts on “Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto”

  1. Thank you for the wonderful recipes! There is an issue with the page title, if you save a page, the shortcut is named “what She Ate” instead of “Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto”. You can fix this my renaming every recipe page ( i know :\ ) or at least the new ones should have the name of the recipe. @myopinion 😛

  2. Delicious! I would put this on everything too! Looks like the perfect spread for a super yummy sandwich or bagel or to serve with crackers at a party! 🙂
    This post is making me feel really, really hungry! (…it’s quite late in Spain so time to go to bed and dream about me stuffing my face with your pesto!).

    xo

  3. Haha. Thanks, Gemma. Hope you have sweet dreams filled with pesto and other goodies. Maybe even dream of an edible forest with chocolate trees with cookies for leaves. Mmmmm….

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