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Oil-Free Avocado Pesto (Vegan +GF)

posted by Melissa Huggins September 14, 2017 0 comments
This Oil-Free Avocado Pesto is super creamy, cheesy, zesty and totally healthy for you. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and calls for 9 simple ingredients.

This Oil-Free Avocado Pesto is super creamy, cheesy, zesty and totally healthy for you. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and calls for 9 simple ingredients.

This Oil-Free Avocado Pesto is super creamy, cheesy, zesty and totally healthy for you. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and calls for 9 simple ingredients.

I love fresh pesto all year round! It puts an extra zing in almost everything I eat. This Zucchini Pesto was my friend all summer long and I piled it on sandwiches, pizza, pasta and yep, ate it straight outta the jar. Now I’ve switched it up to this Creamy Avocado Pesto and I want to share the goodness with you guys.

It’s just as healthy as my zucchini version and it’s also oil-free too! My good friend, Amy, from Veggies Save The Day inspired me to make an oil-free version. I’ve made her Avocado Basil Pesto Pasta and it was incredibly delicious without the oil.

My diet isn’t completely oil-free, but I try to limit it whenever I can. Pesto is something I eat all the time, so It just made sense to have a lighter version. This Avocado Pesto is still rich, cheesy and creamy. It’s just missing a ton of fat from the oil.

This Oil-Free Avocado Pesto is super creamy, cheesy, zesty and totally healthy for you. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and calls for 9 simple ingredients.

15-minute recipe

Yep, that’s all it takes to make this super healthy Avocado Pesto. You’ll just need a food processor or blender and these 9 ingredients:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Avocado
  • Pine nuts
  •  Fresh garlic
  •  Nutritional yeast (gives it that cheesy taste)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Water

 Seems pretty easy, right? I hope you’ll give it a try! 🙂 

This Oil-Free Avocado Pesto is super creamy, cheesy, zesty and totally healthy for you. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and calls for 9 simple ingredients.

I’d love to hear from you

If you make this Avocado Pesto, I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

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This Oil-Free Avocado Pesto is super creamy, cheesy, zesty and totally healthy for you. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and calls for 9 simple ingredients.

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Oil-Free Avocado Pesto
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Dip, Spread
Recipe Type: Gluten-Free, Oil-free, Vegan
Servings: 7
Calories: 75 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 1 cup basil leaves , tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1-2 cloves garlic , more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt , more to taste (or preferred salt)
  • Fresh cracked pepper , to taste
  • 4-6 tablespoons water , more if needed
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients (except the water) to a blender or food processor. Pulse for 10-20 times to combine and chop. Now add the water as needed, and keep pulsing until you've reached desired consistency. I prefer my pesto with texture, but if you want it smooth, just blend on high for 30-60 seconds. Taste for seasoning and add more as needed.

Recipe Notes

* Store in airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


* Yields about 7-8 ounces 



Nutrition Facts
Oil-Free Avocado Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Potassium 110mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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