Creamy Oil Free Pesto!



Mmmm…. Pesto! Definitely one of my favorite sauces to use on pasta, besides this vegan cheese sauce! One thing I do not like about pesto, however, is all the oil you have to use for the sauce. So I decided to just leave out the oil and replace it with extra nuts and water, just to see what it would taste like. Well, it was delicious! The flavors are a little more subtle, and the lemon is more pronounced than traditional pesto sauce, but it is also creamier than traditional basil sauce and so much healthier! I will never use oil in my pesto again!


Creamy Oil Free Pesto

Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Raw


Makes enough sauce for one pound of pasta


1/3 cup raw pine nuts

1/3 cup raw hemp seeds

Juice from two lemons

Large handful or two of basil (I prefer two, but I really like a strong basil taste!)

small handful of mint (optional)

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon balsalmic vinegar

2/3 cup water


1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Use on your favorite pasta or as a dressing on a salad. If you want to use it as a spread for sandwiches or wraps reduce the amount of water. Start with 1/3 cup of water and add 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.


Note: This sauce works best when blended in a high-speed blender such as a vitamix. If you use a regular blender it will probably not be as creamy but it will still taste good!

Another Note: The lemon is really strong in this sauce. I really enjoy it but if want a less lemony tasting sauce just use the juice from one lemon.


2 thoughts on “Creamy Oil Free Pesto!

  1. this was freaking good. will do it again. so far all other require oil or some type of cheese. The oil doesn’t make a difference, it’s better without oil. Thanks

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