This Vegan Habanero and Basil Pesto is an easy and healthy recipe made with only 6 clean, real food ingredients. It's a spicy twist on traditional pesto that's dairy-free and can be prepared in about 5 minutes!
Here's Why This Recipe Works
My top 3 favorite reasons:
- It's 100% Dairy-Free and Vegan
- Can Be Prepared In About 5 Minutes
- Made With Only 6 Clean, Real Food Ingredients
You can feel good about making my healthy, plant-based recipe because it's raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, keto/low-carb, and paleo-friendly!
Karielyn's Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions
Here are some of my expert tips and ingredient substitutions to make this recipe perfectly:
Basil: You will need fresh basil for this recipe and make sure to "pack" it tightly into your measuring cup.
Walnuts: These could be substituted with another nut such as pine nuts or even almonds.
Avocado Oil: Can be substituted with organic extra-virgin olive oil in the same amount.
Nutritional Yeast: I added this ingredient as a dairy-free substitute for Parmesean cheese normally added to pesto, which gives it a "cheesy" flavor.
Habanero Peppers: These are extremely hot. If you've never used habanero peppers before, I would suggest starting with just (1) and adding an additional one if you prefer.
Himalayan Pink Salt: This is my salt of preference, however, it can always be substituted with sea salt.
Serving Size: This recipe will make approximately 1/2 cup of pesto. Nutritional information is for (1) tablespoon which is (1) serving.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based Dip and Dressing Recipes?
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- Tomatillo and Jalapeno Dip
- Healthy Artichoke Dip
- Spinach and Avocado Dip
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Vegan Habanero and Basil Pesto
- 2 cups organic fresh basil leaves (packed tightly)
- 1/2 cup organic walnuts
- 1/4 cup 100% pure avocado oil
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1-2 habanero peppers
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
Prepare the habanero peppers:
- Take care when cutting the habanero peppers. Use gloves and wash hands thoroughly when finished; make sure you don't touch your eyes, etc. after handling them because they are extremely hot. Start with (1) pepper and add an additional one, if you prefer.
Prepare the pesto:
- Add all ingredients to a Vitamix (with a "pulse" feature) or a food processor and pulse until the walnuts and basil is chopped and everything is well blended and to your preferred consistency.
- Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
- Store in an air-tight BPA-free container in the refrigerator.
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.