Delicious Vegan Cashew Pesto

Delicious Vegan Cashew Pesto

Pasta. Such a delicious food, yet one we tend to shy away from due to the amount of carbs and cheese that can be involved.

But what if I told you there are healthier versions of pasta? 

In our day and age, there are substitutes for just about anything. 

You have substitutes for meat, for cheese, for milk, for eggs, for sugar, etc. 

You can make recipes out of ingredients you would have never imagined could combine to make a certain food. 

This recipe might be one of them!

If you read the title of this recipe, you may have found that two of the words may not mix to you. "Cashew" and "pesto" usually aren't next to each other. 

When you think of pesto, you definitely don't think of cashews! And vice versa. 

So what is that about then? How do you get pesto out of cashews? And how does this make pesto healthier? 

In our blog this week, we talked about the health benefits of nuts. We found that there are many nutrients and benefits of nuts. 

Cashews can help keep you heart healthy, with your immune system, and make your bones stronger. 

Learning this makes it easy to throw away the cheese and grab some cashews! 

So lets get down to business then and learn how to make this pesto!!


Vegan Cashew Pesto Recipe 


  • 1 cup (150 g) raw cashews soaked for at least four hours, or boiled for 15 minutes, then drained
  • 10 tbsp hot water
  • Approximately 6 cups (120 g) fresh basil (leaves and stems) 
  • 1/3 cup ( 50 g) nutritional yeast flakes
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Pasta of choice
  • Sliced sundried tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese



    • Place the cashews into a blender or food processor, and blend until you have a fine meal.
    • Add the water, a little at a time, and continue to process until the cashews form a thick cream.
    • Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend again for 30-60 seconds, until you have a coarse paste.
    • Serve with your favorite pasta and top with grated parmesan and sliced sundried tomatoes.

    What kind of pasta should I use? 

    Any type! This pesto is good on pretty much any pasta, and you can also use this pesto sauce on salads, bread, breakfast foods, and anything else you like! 


    For cashews from our store click this link!

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