Keto Pesto Recipe: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Vegan pesto recipe for your low-carb, high-fat vegan Keto meal plan.

This vegan pesto is the easiest to make and completely mess free. While being dairy free, it’s very cheesy and full of flavors.

I like the macadamia nuts for added fat, but if macadamia nuts are harder to access, pine nuts also go well.

They add just as much nuttiness as macadamia nuts.

Depending on what you are using it for, adjust your water amount to make it thicker or looser.

They make a perfect drizzling sauce for grilled steak or spread for your sandwich.

I also love making this pesto chicken on a busy weeknight.

Keto Pesto Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Tina Alexandre
This keto basil pesto sauce is creamy, delicious, and really easy to make. It goes great with zoodle pasta or a dipping sauce for cheese crackers.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
0 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 79 kcal


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  • 2 cups packed fresh basil (stems removed)
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 3 tbsps avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast


  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • If the pesto comes out too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water to thin the paste. Add more water if needed until it reaches the desired thickness. 
  • Adjust the flavor as desired. To add cheesy flavor, add more nutritional yeast.


Serving: 1 tbsp, Calories 79, Fat 8g, Protein 2g, Carb 2g
Keyword Dip, Sauce
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