Homemade Vegan Cashew Pesto

 Homemade vegan cashew pesto is quick to make and has much more flavour than shop-bought pesto.

A bowl of homemade vegan cashew pesto

HOMEMADE VEGAN PESTO CASHEW

Shop-bought pesto is a handy ingredient to keep in your store-cupboard for quick meals and snacks, but it just doesn't taste as good as homemade pesto.

And the good news is, pesto is super easy to make at home.

This homemade vegan pesto can be made in a couple of minutes and it tastes delicious!

You can make it in a blender, food processor or a pestle and mortar. Your choice.


A close up of cashew nuts

WHICH NUTS ARE USED IN PESTO

Classic pesto is made from lightly toasted pine nuts, also known as pine kernels.

It's fun to play about with the nuts when making pesto. Each nut will give a very different flavour.

You can use:

  • pine nuts
  • cashew nuts
  • peanuts
  • walnuts
  • pistachios
  • macadamia nuts
I like to use salted cashew nuts, but you can also use plain cashew nuts and add a little salt to the mixture. Just use what you have.

The cashew nuts add the texture, but they also add a creaminess.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE VEGAN CASHEW PESTO

Vegan Cashew Pesto Ingredients - basil, cashew nuts, olive oil & vegan parmesan

You only need a handful of ingredients to make a luscious homemade pesto:

  1. Fresh basil
  2. Cashew nuts - salted or plain
  3. Olive oil
  4. Garlic
  5. Vegan parmesan - optional
  6. Salt & pepper - if you are using salted nuts you don't need to add salt


VEGAN PARMESAN

Technically there is no such thing as vegan parmesan. The word parmesan is protected and can only be used for cheese made in a certain way with certain ingredients.

So there are no vegan parmesans.

Well, not by that name anyway.

However, there are many vegan parmesan alternatives out there. The best one we have tried, the one that has that real parmesan tang is Prosociano by Violife.

Most supermarkets stock it or you can buy it from the online Vegan Cheese Shop. I use them quite regularly to stock up on vegan cheeses.

Of course, you may skip the cheese when making pesto. It will still be delicious, just not as luxurious.


Cashew pesto in a blender jug

HOW LONG WILL PESTO KEEP IN THE FRIDGE?

Yes, pesto can be kept in the fridge.

Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.


CAN PESTO BE FROZEN?

Yes, pesto can be frozen.

Freeze it in an ice cube tray, then pop them into a freezer bag.

These individual portions can be defrosted in a bowl in the fridge overnight or popped into soups, stews and sauces while frozen and allowed to defrost as they cook.


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HOW TO USE HOMEMADE PESTO IN YOUR LUNCH BOX


Homemade pesto is a really versatile ingredient. Here are a few ideas on how to use it in your lunch box.

  1. Take some in a small tub and drizzle it on your soup
  2. Spread it on toasties before adding the other ingredients
  3. Use it as a spread on sandwiches
  4. Use it as a spread on wraps
  5. Flavour couscous and other grain salads with it
  6. Thin it down with more olive oil and use it as a salad dressing
  7. Use it as a dip for crunchy veg
  8. Toss it through cold pasta with chopped salad vegetables to make a tasty pasta salad
  9. Spread it on squares of puff pastry before adding slices of tomato and baking to make simple tomato tarts
  10. Spread it on rice cakes and top with slices of cucumber and tomato

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Yield: 10 portions
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
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Vegan Cashew Pesto

Vegan Cashew Pesto

Homemade vegan cashew pesto is quick to make and has so much more flavour than shop-bought pesto.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min

Ingredients:

  • 120ml/1/2 cup olive oil
  • 30g/ 3/8 cup basil
  • 100g/ 2/3 cup salted cashew nuts
  • 3 tbsp vegan parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic
  • a good grinding of black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender, food processor or a pestle and mortar.
  2. Blend until it is the pesto consistency you like.
  3. Taste to see if it needs more seasoning.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes:

You can skip the vegan parmesan if you like. If you are not using salted cashews, add a pinch of salt. This pesto can be kept in the fridge for 4-5 days Pesto can be frozen in an ice cube tray, then popped in a freezer bag.

Calories

95.28

Fat (grams)

8.90

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.53

Carbs (grams)

3.20

Fiber (grams)

0.33

Net carbs

2.87

Sugar (grams)

0.46

Protein (grams)

1.64

Sodium (milligrams)

66.89

Cholesterol (grams)

0.43
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12 comments

  1. The cashews are a great addition. They add a great buttery flavour.

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  2. Wow, look at the colour of that - so vibrant. We use pesto a lot for a quick and easy meal, and I love the look of this vegan version.

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  3. I absolutely agree with you! Homemade pesto is the best!

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  4. Cashews are my all time favorite nut. I love regular pesto with pine nuts, but this recipe is a must try for sure!

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    1. Yes the cashews do give a different flavour. Do try it.

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  5. Yummy! This looks so delicious and tasty! Homemade recipes are my favorite! I can't wait to make this!

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  6. Wow what a color 😍 I am going to try it.

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