Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Kyra Williams

by | Updated: October 13th, 2021

We love everything pumpkin this time of year, and the seeds are no exception. They’re tasty little things for sure, but they also pack a punch of nutrients. They contain impressive amounts of heart-healthy fats, protein, magnesium and zinc. For a great way to extend the joy of these powerhouse seeds, try using them instead of pine nuts in this pesto recipe. After a quick spin in the food processor with garlic, basil, parsley, olive oil and nutritional yeast, you’ll have a vibrant dairy-free pesto to use on pasta, pizza and veggies – or mix it with a little avocado oil mayo and use it as a sandwich spread.

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Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 213 kcal
Author Kyra Williams

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In small sauté pan over medium heat, toast pumpkin seeds 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until they begin to brown slightly and pop. Remove from pan and cool.
  2. In food processor using S blade, combine pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast and garlic and pulse on and off for about 20 seconds, or until seeds are mostly ground, but not too fine.
  3. Add basil, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil and continue pulsing on and off until seeds are fully ground and all ingredients are combined. Scrape down sides as needed. Add salt to taste. Taste and adjust as desired.
  4. Store pesto in tightly sealed container in refrigerator until ready to use.

Pro tip: Pulsing achieves a thick, paste-like consistency. Add a few drops of water to thin out, if desired.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 201mg6%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 791IU16%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Kyra Williams

Kyra Williams hasn’t always been fit. She used to be quite the opposite, in fact. During her college years, she lived on pizza and beer and packed on an unhealthy amount of pounds, due to total inactivity. One day, something clicked, and Kyra knew it was time to lose the weight. Since that time, she’s fallen so in love with fitness that she’s made it her life’s work to help others to make the changes they need to become fit, active and healthy. Kyra is a self-employed, NASM-certified online personal trainer and nutrition expert, Crossfit Level One Trainer, USA Weightlifting and USA Powerlifting Coach, and she’s helped women all over the world through her online training services and training programs. For more info or to connect with Kyra, visit http://kyrawilliamsfitness.com/.