AVOCADO PESTO (vegan recipe)

Avocado Pesto is a delicious twist on the classic basil pesto. The creamy texture of ripe avocado replaces the traditional pine nuts in this recipe, creating a healthier and more flavorful alternative. This green sauce is perfect for pasta, sandwiches, or as a dip for veggies.

Vegan avocado pesto in a jar over a dark green saucer with fresh basil on the back.

About this vegan avocado pesto

Avocado pesto is a delicious spin on classic pesto sauce. It’s made with fresh ingredients like avocados, basil, garlic, olive oil, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), or pine nuts. The avocados add a creamy texture and a subtle nutty flavor that perfectly matches the other ingredients.

You can use it in many different ways, from pasta to sandwiches, dips, or top roasted vegetables, as well as any other way you can think of using classic pesto. It’s amazing how many different ways there are to enjoy it!

fresh basil in a plastic container


  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
  • Garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice and water, if necessary

How to make vegan avocado pesto

  • Put all the ingredients in the bowl of the food processor (affiliate link) and pulse until all is well mixed. If you need, slowly add the water until you get the consistency you want.
  • Check the seasoning for salt and lemon.
Avocado, pepitas and basil in the food processor.

Best ways to eat avocado pesto

  • The awesome thing about this avocado pesto is that you can use it as a condiment or substitute for other, maybe not-so-healthy, condiments like commercial mayo.
  • Use it as a dip for roasted sweet potato chips.
  • To make avocado pesto pasta or zucchini noodles
Avocado pesto in a wide mouth jar with a wooden spoon.

Healthy benefits

High in Healthy Fats: Avocado pesto is rich in healthy fats that can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Great source of many vitamins and minerals such as potassium, fiber, magnesium, and Vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Low in Calories and Carbs: Avocado pesto is low in calories and carbohydrates, making it a great option for those trying to lose weight or those watching their carb intake.

Rich in Antioxidants: Avocado pesto is full of antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radical damage and can help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Other vegan condimients

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avocado pesto

Avocado pesto

Alejandra Graf
This recipe for avocado pesto uses avocado instead of olive oil. It is creamy delicious and very very healthy.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 cups
Calories 211 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of water if necessary


  • Put all the ingredients in the bowl of the food processor and pulse until all is well mixed. If you need, slowly add the water in until you get the consistency that you want.
  • Check the seasoning for salt and lemon.


How to store 

Store in a jar with a lid tightly closed. You can add a little olive oil (about a tablespoon) to prevent the upper part from oxidizing. It will last up to three days.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 590mgPotassium: 584mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 465IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword avocado pesto, oil-free pesto, pesto


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