Vegan walnut pesto

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Question: what is better than pesto? Homemade pesto! It is super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Lately I've been addicted to a simple walnut pesto that is even suited for vegans due to the use of nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese.

Nutritional yeast does not only have a yummy, nutty and cheesy flavor, but it's also packed with nutrition. Nutritional yeast is a great source of B-vitamins which makes it perfect for vegans and vegetarians. But, this pesto does not only hit the spot for vegans!

For this vegan walnut pesto, you'll need:

  • 100 g walnuts
  • 2 big handfuls fresh basil
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • some pepper and sea salt


Now what?

Grab your food processor and simply put all the ingredients in it. Pulse the ingredients until you have a semi-smooth consistency; I personally like it when the walnuts don't get chopped up too finely. If you like some extra crunch, first try to blend 75 grams of walnuts with all the other ingredients until smooth and add the other 25 grams later on. Serving tip when you're eating this pesto with pasta; use the nutritional yeast as an extra topping. Enjoy!