Homemade Pesto


Have you ever made homemade pesto? Sounds complicated but it’s actually super easy! I love trying to make things from scratch that I used to always eat. It often surprises me how simple it is and I love knowing what exactly is in my food. Before I started cooking I had no clue what was in some of the foods I ate. I encourage you to try, it is actually a lot of fun and tastes so much better.

Anyways, I went to the farmers market the other day and saw this beautiful big bunch of basil. So I decided to make pesto. Traditional pesto recipes call for Parmesan cheese…yum!!!…. but I cannot eat that and if you ended up on my page there is a high chance you can’t either;). I used nutritional yeast instead and it tastes super delicious.

How to make homemade pesto:

  1.  Wash the basil and take the leaves off. Wash the parsley. Set both aside to dry.
  2.  Place olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper in a high speed blender. Top it off with the basil leaves and the parsley.
  3.  Blend until smooth. Once done, taste and add addition salt and pepper to your liking. For more of a cheesy flavor add more nutritional yeast.


Voila, it is that easy. This homemade pesto recipe will take you 5 minutes to make. You can add it to gluten-free pasta (if you tolerate it), zoodles or as a dip for meats and fish.

Happy blending



This homemade pesto recipe is very simple and easy to make and it will spice up your meals. It is gluten and dairy-free, Paleo compliant, and AIP adaptable.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Small bowl


  • 2 cups basil leaves packed
  • 1/4 cup parsley packed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup and 1 Tbsp pine nuts (omit on AIP)
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper (omit on AIP)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic


  • Place the olive oil first followed by the pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper into a high speed blender.
  • Wash the basil leaves and the parsley and place it in the blender. Mix until smooth.
  • Taste and add more salt and pepper, nutritional yeast or lemon juice if desired.

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