Oil-Free Vegan Pesto, Your Way

You might think you have to give up your favorite foods to go whole food no oil vegan, but nothing could be further from the truth. Case in point: I love Pesto. On Everything. But it's traditionally made with 2 types of cheese and oil, none of which I want to eat. Instead of the cheese we can substitute the exact same amount of nutritional yeast ("nooch" for short) for that cheesy flavor and texture and for the oil, Aquafaba stands in perfectly.

BOOM! Oil-free Vegan Pesto.

Without as much of the cholesterol, saturated fat and calories of the traditional Pesto.


1 packed cup basil leaves, about 2 ounces

2 cloves of garlic

1/3 cup walnuts

1/3 cup of nooch (nutritional yeast)

Scant 1/2 cup aquafaba (liquid from the can of chickpeas or homemade chickpeas)

juice of one lemon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

optional: 1/8 tsp. cayenne or less if you like heat

How to whip it up:

Add everything to a mini-chopper, mini food processor or blender and pulse until the mixture spins freely and the nuts are incorporated. Add a little more aquafaba for your perfect consistency if desire and scrape down sides if necessary.

Now here's the great thing about this recipe:

  • Don't have walnuts? Fine. Use pine nuts or cashews or any combo of these nuts

  • Don't have enough basil? Fine. Use Arugula. Or more Spinach.

  • Want to add other herbs? Fine. Add fresh Or