Avocados add a silky consistency and cheese-like richness to this dairy-free pesto recipe. Toss it with pasta, spread it on baguette slices to make bruschetta, or use it for a healthy mayo substitute on your sandwich.

Jason Mraz
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015


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Recipe Summary

10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Strip basil leaves from the stems and add to a food processor along with avocados, walnuts (or hemp seeds), lemon juice, garlic and salt; pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and process to form a thick paste. Season with pepper.



Make Ahead Tip: Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent browning and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

126 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 3g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 0.3g; fat 12.8g; saturated fat 1.7g; vitamin a iu 236.2IU; vitamin c 4.1mg; folate 26.4mcg; calcium 13.9mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 14.9mg; potassium 151.2mg; sodium 37.1mg.

Reviews (10)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I made it last night my family and I love it!!! hassle free recipe I used parsley instead of basil because I don't have basil add grilled chicken and it turns out good.... Thank you:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So easy and tasty! First time making it and we're loving it!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
It tastes great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Second time making this one so good! so easy! only one custom ingredient: I added about half a cup of nutritional yeast mmm cheeeeezzzzy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Made this for my family. I usually use a basil walnut recipe but had excess avocados (I know though life right?) so I made this instead. Comparing the two this was more creamy. The other however has parmesan cheese in it which I think adds more flavor than the avocados can offer. I would make this again but still prefer the other recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Better than regular pesto or guacamole I love this recipe so much flavor and a perfectly creamy texture. I love it more than regular pesto because you can do so much more with it. I made nachos and ate it dolloped on that but I have also eaten it on hamburgers and veggies. Pros: quick easy delicious Cons: you might eat the whole bowl yourself Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Vegans and non vegans alike will love this delicious and healthy pesto. Finally a pesto I can make easily and my family and guests love it. Thanks so much. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made recipe without changes but find it a little bitter what can I add it? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yes I will make it again it is absolutely delicious Read More