Vegan Kale Pesto Recipe(Nut-free)

vegan kale pesto recipe

Today I am sharing this vegan kale pesto recipe I made yesterday that is nut-free and packed with greens. I love serving a healthy vegan pesto with wholemeal pasta to my kids as I know it is one of their favourite dish and they get extra greens.

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I made the vegan pesto using my new Vitamix (gifted to me) and I also made vegan parmesan using brazil nuts for a dose of selenium for thyroid health!

Too many people think that eating pasta is unhealthy but a healthy vegan pesto make a very healthy plant-based dinner. Especially if you make the pasta noodles yourself.

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I also love the convenience for a quick and healthy mid week dinner! You could also add green peas, lentils or other vegetables.

You can substitute the kale in this vegan kale pesto for baby spinach and you can substitute the sunflower seeds for pine nuts, almonds or other nuts if you can have nuts. I often make my pesto nut-free just so I can give the kids leftover pesto pasta in their lunchboxes (their schools have a nut-free policy).

You can use the pesto with brown rice pasta, zucchini pasta, legume pastas or wholemeal pastas. It can also be used in vegan cheese toasties, with potatoes, in salads and more….

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Below is the vegan kale pesto recipe! Make sure to bookmark this recipe or my blog (also sign up to my email list if you haven’t already!)

vegan kale pesto recipe

Vegan Kale Pesto Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup kale leaves or sub for baby spinach
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (or nuts of choice)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or sub for extra water to make it oil-free
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper


  • Blend all ingredients together and combine with cooked pasta of choice. Top with vegan parmesan.
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If you have questions leave me a comment below or send me a DM on Instagram. I would also love to see your recreations so if you make my vegan kale pesto please tag me @healthyfrenchwife

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