This recipe for dairy free pesto seriously goes great on and in anything. When I was diagnosed with PCOS, I was advised to give up dairy, and unfortunately that meant everything pesto. I’m a sucker for a good pesto basil chicken sandwich, so this was kind of a bummer.
But thanks to the wonderful world of the inter webs, I found tons of various dairy free pesto recipes using a variety of different ingredients. I’ve seen recipes that use different kinds of nuts including cashews and almonds, I’ve seen spinach, kale and other leafy greens used as well. After trying 1,000 different variations, and dumping a lot down the drain, I feel like this is finally the dairy free pesto recipe for me. One of the other ingredients I saw that I had to include? Avocado. Avocado adds a nice creamy texture that makes it perfect for pasta nights or even as a pizza topping.
Feel free to vary as needed and what serves best for you. For those on a low FODMap diet, you may want to omit the garlic cloves and avocado and use more leafy greens for the creaminess.
Avocado Dairy Free Pesto
A great dairy free pesto that can be used on pizza, with zucchini noodles or as an add on to your other favorite recipes!
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 handful of basil
- 1 small handful of pine nuts
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Chop up the garlic cloves and place in the blender. Place all of the dry ingredients in the blender, with the olive oil being last. Start the blender, mixing for about 15 seconds, then stopping to taste. You can add more salt and pepper if needed, or add more leafy greens to get a more thicker pesto. Blend until desired consistency is achieved.