Sunflower Seed Basil Pesto (V, Nut Free)

Nut free, dairy free pesto made with sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast, that still has the same bright flavors as classic pesto that's allergy-friendly.


Recipes like this come about when I am creating meal ideas for clients of mine with specific dietary needs.  This pesto was made for a special someone who might be Italian and might also love pesto, but can’t have nuts or dairy.  

⁣Side note  As a health coach, I help people through elimination diets, those with certain food allergies, auto immune diseases, joint pain and for general health purposes, and give them the tools and recipes they need to live a happy and healthy life.⁣  My clients have seen improvements in their joint pain, gained more energy, lost weight and discovered new favorite foods that nourish rather than harm.  If you’re looking for something like this, let me know by sending me a PM  ⁣

What I love most about pesto is the versatility of it.  You don't have to have it only on pasta!  Here are a few healthy ways we like to use pesto in addition to tossing with pasta:

  • As a dip with crackers or vegetable sticks
  • On a pizza in place of marinara sauce
  • Sauteed with onions, shredded kale and mushrooms
  • Scrambled with eggs
  • Spread on toast with sliced tomato

What's even better about pesto is that you can make a big batch of it and freeze it for later if you need to.  It keeps well in the fridge for about a week, and all you have to do to freshen it up is add a drizzle of olive oil to the top then stir it all up with a spoon!

You might also notice that this pesto isn't as saucy as what you see in the stores.  In Italy, this is what real pesto looks like, and it gets saucier when you toss it with a little bit of reserved pasta water.  The jarred versions need a lot of extra oil to keep for a longer amount of time, which is why I always say to make as much at home as you can!  It's way healthier.

If you have nut allergies, I highly recommend trying this pesto.  A bonus is that it's also dairy free by using nutritional yeast in place of parmesan, however you are welcome to use whichever you prefer.

You can CLICK HERE to print the recipe, or check it out below!

Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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