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Almond Pesto

This easy Almond Pesto is a nice way to change it up from traditional pesto. It uses just 5 ingredients, is ready in 5 minutes and pairs perfectly with pasta, meatballs or vegetables! 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: sides
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: almond pesto, pesto
Servings: 8
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Erin


  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 ½ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • water as needed


  • Add almonds, garlic, spinach, basil, and salt to your food processor and pulse for 10 seconds.
  • With the motor still running, pour the olive oil in through the top. If mixture gets stuck add 1-2 tablespoon of water.
  • Store pesto in a jar in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or place it in a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months.


Substitutions: Can use kale instead of spinach, can use avocado oil instead of olive oil (olive oil will provide more flavor though), can add 2 tablespoon parmesan/vegan parmesan if you want


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 589IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg