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creamy walnut pesto in a large bowl with lemon slices around the outside.

Creamy Vegan Walnut Pesto

This Creamy Vegan Walnut Pesto is a dream! It only takes a few minutes to make in the blender, and it's filled with healthy whole food ingredients like fresh basil, roasted garlic, and avocado for extra creaminess. You're going to love this Paleo + Whole30 approved sauce!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 253 kcal


  • High Speed Blender


  • 1 Cup Walnuts
  • 1 Cup Filtered Water
  • ¾ Cup Fresh Basil (Packed)
  • ¼ Cup Mashed Avocado
  • ½ Juiced Lemon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder Can sub with 3-4 freshly roasted cloves of garlic.
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Add all ingredients into your high speed blender. Blend until it becomes creamy. (Scrape down edges as needed.)
  • Transfer onto pasta of choice! I personally love chickpea pasta, or zoodles.
  • Serve, and ENJOY!


How to store leftover Pesto

Leftovers can be stored in an air tight glass container for 5-7 days. I typically don't mix all of the pesto with my pasta, I mix it in each time I make a bowl! If you leave the pesto on the pasta overnight, it usually gets soggy. (Especially if it's chickpea pasta or zucchini noodles.)

Gluten-Free Pasta Tips

The Whole Foods brand makes a delicious chickpea pasta that is organic, and only has ONE ingredient - chickpeas. They also have a Mung Bean pasta that I used in this particular recipe that tastes great, and has a nice texture. I use it for most of my sauce recipes because it doesn't get soggy. (Wouldn't recommend eating it without a sauce.) A lot of the gluten-free pasta products are filled with additives and "gums" that are unnecessary. Make sure to always check the ingredients! Don't be tricked by fancy labels! If you're not a Whole Food's shopper, my other favorite brands are Tolerant and Jovial!
If you're interested in making your own ZOODLES or any vegetable noodles, I highly recommend purchasing an inspiralizer. (You'll see it in action in the video below!) I've had mine for about five years, and it's amazing!! I use it for zucchini, broccoli, yellow squash, beets, sweet potato.. I also have two of her cookbooks! It's a fun way to sneak in extra veggies!


Serving: 1gCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 5gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 125mgPotassium: 233mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 259IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
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