Vegan Nut-Free Garlic Basil Pesto

5 from 3 votes

Boost the flavor of any dish with this simple recipe!

Busy schedules and tight budgets can make eating healthy seem practically impossible. Luckily, we’ve made it our goal to create quick and easy recipes that can enhance the flavor of any standard meal without tacking on hundreds of excess calories. This vegan nut-free garlic basil pesto adds a massive amount of flavor to a wide range of meals with just a few simple ingredients and easy to follow steps!

What Can I Do with Pesto?

Vegan Nut-Free Garlic Basil Pesto

Pesto has a variety of different uses, all of which are incredibly delicious! You really can’t go wrong with this sauce. While pesto is traditionally enjoyed on pasta, you can also use it as a topping for fish, chicken, vegetables, and even sandwiches! Try this garlic basil pesto on any of these healthy recipes: 

A Nutritious Spread for Everyone

Vegan Nut-Free Garlic Basil Pesto

Aside from being a delightfully yummy recipe, this garlic basil pesto is also extremely low-calorie. Compared to  high-calorie sauces and spreads you’d typically use, this pesto only contains 44 calories per serving. It’s also dairy-free, nut-free, diabetic-friendly, low-carb, and gluten-free. This means that practically anyone can enjoy it, no matter what diet they follow! 

The ingredients in our tasty pesto recipe also offer several health benefits. Garlic, sunflower seeds, and olive oil are all capable of improving circulation and heart health, as well as boosting the immune system. Furthermore, basil contains antioxidants that can help fight all sorts of diseases and sickness. Do you need any more reasons to try this recipe?

A Quick and Handy Recipe to Spice Up a Variety of Meals

Vegan Nut-Free Garlic Basil Pesto

This tasty recipe couldn’t get much easier. Simply combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. Blend the mixture while gradually adding in the olive oil until the desired consistency is reached. If you used all of the olive oil but the pesto still seems a bit too thick, add a little bit of water until it reaches the consistency you prefer!

5 from 3 votes

Vegan Nut-Free Garlic Basil Pesto

This vegan nut-free garlic basil pesto can add flavor and nutrition to a wide range of meals!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 12 people
Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Italian


  • 2 cups basil leaves (fresh)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • water as needed


  • Combine all ingredients except the olive oil (and water if needed) in the food processor and blend well gradually add the olive oil until desired consistency is reached. If all olive oil has been used and pesto is too thick, gradually add water until desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1
Keywords Low-Carb, Quick and Easy

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Are you going to make this easy vegan nut-free garlic basil pesto? We think that once you try it, it will become a permanent condiment you keep in your fridge! If you make it and enjoy it, you should also try these nutritious pesto dishes!

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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