You need to try this Dairy Free Spinach Pesto! Who doesn’t like pesto? I actually prefer it over a tomato sauce any day. We have basil growing in our backyard, so I thought I would use some of it to create a pesto sauce.
I could seriously sit there and smell it all day! Seriously, if you don’t have basil growing in your house or yard, you need to get some.
Basil grows like a weed! You can save so much money by growing your own herbs, and basil is no exception.
Plus, you can freeze them and have herbs all year round. This dairy free spinach pesto recipe makes more of a paste than a sauce, so if you want to turn it into a sauce, you need to add a bit more oil and/or some water.
I love using this recipe for making pizza. It’s great with a cherry tomatoes as well. If you are not familiar with nutritional yeast, it comes in flake form and gives a nutty and cheesy taste.
It is often used in place of cheese. Nutritional yeast is a great source of protein, fiber and B vitamins.
You can find it at most health stores. I used almonds when making this pesto, since pine nuts are so expensive. Almonds make a great substitute.
You can also make this healthy pesto recipe with kale if you like. Works just as well.
Dairy Free Spinach Pesto
Yields 1.5 cups
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- 10-15 basil leaves
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder or 2-3 cloves
- salt to taste
- Throw everything in the food processor and mix until combined. Since my food processor’s lid broke and I am waiting for a new one to arrive, I had to use my Vitamix for this. I can tell you it was a bit harder in the Vitamix than the food processor.
This recipe made about 1 1/2 cups and should last a couple weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze it for longer storage. Enjoy!