SPINACH & BASIL PESTO {dairy free}

November 18, 2015


I have an allergy to dairy and so I try to recreate recipes to suit my needs. Traditionally, pesto requires a lot of Parmesan cheese, and so I found the BEST replacement - enter nutritional yeast. It has the most amazing cheesy flavor and so you will notice it in a lot of my recipes. Food yeast provides vitamin B12, iron, and packs 8g of protein per 1/4 c - it is gluten free, wheat free, soy free, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian - it can even do a dance if summoned. Kidding. Basically its pure amazing.

I also find the price of pine nuts astonishingly expensive so I sub sunflower seeds instead. Easy on the taste-buds, easy on the wallet. Read more to get this simple recipe!


  • 2 heaping handfuls of spinach

  • 1 handful of basil 

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1/3 C sunflower seeds

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1/2 C nutritional yeast flakes 

  • 1/2 C olive oil

  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients except for the olive oil into a blender (food processor works best) and blend as much as possible.

  2. Keep the processor/blender going and slowly add the olive oil until well combined. 

  3. Season with salt and pepper and blend until combined. 

  4. Enjoy on pasta, sandwhiches, eggs - whatever!! 

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Becky is studying Holistic Nutrition and is focusing her research on advancements in mental  health and sports. She lives in Canada with her husband and three children. Becky is the creator and owner of Fête Essential Oil Co as well as Muse Nutrition and is also a food & drink contributor to Khachilife, a fine lifestyles magazine.

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