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Creamy Cashew Pesto

Talk about NEXT Level Pesto! Might be a couple of extra steps to this one but they are worth it! Besides just spooning this into my mouth I put this on everything! A great addition as we get into Spring and all of the fresh Basil & Spinach!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dressing, Lunch, Main Dish, Salads
Cuisine Comfort, Low Carb, Seafood, Vegan
Servings 3 servings



  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup cashew cream see below for recipe
  • 2 tbsp nut cheese see below for recipe

Cashew Cream

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews SAVE water! Pour boiling water over to soften and let sit 5 mins
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt or use 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cashew soaked water I just strain them over a cup to save

Brazil Nut Cheese (or any nut cheese will work!)

  • 1/4 cup brazil nuts can use walnuts or cashews but I love the extra health benefits of brazil nuts here!
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt


Nut Cheese

  • Pulse Brazil nuts, nutritional yeast and sea salt until grainy texture in a food processor.
  • Feel free to double this to have on hand to sprinkle on salads, or just to spoon into your mouth, it's SO good!

Cashew Cream

  • Pour boiling water over them and let sit 5 minutes)
  • Drain over a cup to collect the cashew water (just 1/2 cup).
  • In a high speed blender blend drained and rinsed cashews, 1/2 cup of water, garlic salt until it forms a thick sauce. Taste and season accordingly. I like mine a little more salty!


  • In food processor chop up basil and spinach first, just give it a rough chop.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until combined and texture you like. It will be more 'saucy' than most pestos but will thicken up as it sits.
  • Store in air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.


I love this on zoodles, pasta, sourdough, as a salad dressing let me know what you use it on!!
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