Raw Vegan Red Pepper Basil Creamy Pine Nut Pesto


Good things happen when I try to find something to make before it’s time to throw out veggies, like this Raw Vegan Red Pepper Basil Creamy Pine Nut Pesto.

Even though my red peppers weren’t quite ready to meet their demise, I knew had to hurry to find something yummy to make with them.

I also happened to have fresh basil so this recipe was perfect.

It has a sweetness from the basil and a little spicy from the cayenne pepper.

And, it can be made in your Vitamix faster than the time it takes for the pasta to cook.

It can be easily changed to a gluten-free dish just by using gluten-free pasta or a 100% raw dish by using veggie pasta made with a spiral vegetable slicer.


Feel-Good-About-What-You-Eat5 Fast Facts About Pine Nuts:

  • great source of iron
  • contains protein and magnesium
  • high in anti-oxidants
  • good as an appetite suppressant
  • good source of fiber

5 Fast Facts About Red Bell Peppers:

  • high in anti-oxidants
  • 1 cup contains 195.8% dv of vitamin C
  • excellent source of carotenoids
  • contains potential anti-cancer benefits
  • helps to reduce inflammation

5 Fast Facts About Basil:

  • 2 teaspoons provide 60% dv of vitamin K
  • 2 teaspoons provide 5.9% dv of calcium
  • provides anti-inflammatory benefits
  • good for digestive tract health
  • anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial

5 Fast Facts About Garlic:

  • regulates blood sugar levels
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • anti-bacterial and analgesic
  • anti-viral
  • helps to lower cholesterol levels

5 Fast Facts About Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

  • lowers blood cholesterol levels
  • rich in anti-oxidants
  • improves bone mineralization and calcification
  • excellent protection from heart attack and stroke
  • anti-inflammatory benefits

5 Fast Facts About Cayenne Pepper:

  • increases metabolism
  • helps to improve high blood pressure
  • has anti-fungal properties
  • anti-inflammatory
  • circulatory stimulant which aids in detox

5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
















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Tip #1:  You can substitute the pine nuts with either raw sunflower seeds or even raw cashews.

Tip #2:  While a pesto is traditionally used with pasta, I actually used mine over kale as a salad dressing sprinkled with hemp seeds for a nice change of pace.

Tip #3:  If you need this for more than 1-2 people, just double the ingredients in the recipe shown below.


Raw Vegan Red Pepper Basil Creamy Pine Nut Pesto

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  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1 Medium organic red bell pepper (cored and cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 cup organic fresh basil leaves
  • 1 organic garlic clove (freshly crushed)
  • 1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt (or to taste)


Step 1 Put all ingredients into a Vitamix and blend until smooth and creamy.

Serve over freshly prepared pasta, or over a salad or even as a veggie dip.



Recipe source:  http://www.veganyinzer.com/red-pepper-basil-creamy-pine-nut-pesto-sauce/


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    • Karielyn says

      Hi Evelyn! Thanks so much! I wish I had some more red peppers because I would make another batch today, I really liked mine over kale.

      Let me know if you try it out :)

  1. says

    I am so trying this pesto! The photos are amazing, just can’t believe all those ingredients combined turned into this gorgeous colour. Wow! I can eat kale in any cooked/steamed food, but raw, I just haven’t got used to the taste, so this creamy pesto sounds perfect for a kale salad. And I love hemp seeds:)

    • Karielyn says

      Hi Adriana! I know…the color actually throws you off because pesto is usually green and this one is a nice orange color from the red peppers.

      I was actually thinking, when I posted the red pepper and basil photo, hmmm…red + green = orange lol!

      Raw kale does taste a little different and I’m not sure why I like it so much, but I’ve only fallen in love with it within the last year.

      You might like a wilted/massaged kale salad better.

      I have a recipe to post for that soon and it even has hemp seeds…I think you’d like it!

  2. BRITTANY says


    • Karielyn says

      Hi Brittany! Oh snap…you’re right! I have the cayenne listed in the recipe (1/8 tsp or to taste) but forgot to add the garlic.

      It should be: (1) organic garlic clove – freshly crushed

      I’m going to update the recipe now…thanks so much for that out ;)

  3. Madeline says

    OMG…I made this today and it was delicioso!!!! So much so that I think I over ate. : ) Thank You for such a fabulous recipe!

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Madeline! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback to let me know ;)

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Susan! No, I did not soak the pine nuts before adding them.

      Thanks for your question and I hope you enjoy the recipe ;)

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