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Oh Mama Mia!

Here’s a recipe that will make you want to say mangia! One of my favorite Italian dishes is pasta (chickpea usually!) with pesto sauce, so I wanted to put a spin on the traditional sauce you’re Nonna may have made, and try out a healthy vegan alternative! Unlike traditional pesto recipes that contain Parmesan cheese, this healthy vegan pesto sauce is 100% dairy-free, and filled with good for you ingredients like basil, avocado and garlic.

This recipe is a great addition to any dish. You can try it on gluten-free pasta, a side of veggies, salad, or maybe top off your favorite lean protein! The best part is that one serving is 1/4 a cup, so you can save the rest for later in the week and use it for another meal.

I hope you enjoy!

Healthy Vegan Pesto Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 cups


  • 1 cup basil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water (more or less depending on the consistency you want)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients in your food processor (we love using this Vitamix)
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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