Nut-Free Vegan Pesto Sauce

I happened across nutritional yeast at the grocery store over the weekend and remembered seeing it featured in a recent Women’s Health Magazine article. So I grabbed it, did a quick Wikipedia search and decided to give it a whirl as a parmesan and pine nut substitue in pesto sauce! I absolutely love pesto sauce and though it is nutritious it is quite high in calories. Nutritional yeast sports a cheesy and nutty flavour making it the perfect substituting for parmesan and pine nuts, slashing the pesto’s calories and fat.



  • 1.5 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 fresh parsley, chopped (optional)


  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Throw it over pasta, pizza dough or on a sandwich and enjoy!


Makes 1 cup.

Per tbsp: 37 calories, 1 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 3 g fat, 1 g protein, 0 g fibre