Vegan Habanero and Basil Pesto

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It’s time to turn up the heat! With just 6 clean, whole food ingredients and about 5 minutes, you can make this super easy recipe using fresh ingredients. This is a good recipe to help use up summer time basil. A vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly recipe! For a little milder version, try using just 1 habanero.


  • 2 cups organic fresh basil leaves (packed)
  • 1/2 cup organic walnuts
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 - 2 habanero peppers
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt


  1. Prepare the habanero peppers: take care when cutting the peppers; use gloves and wash hands thoroughly when finished; make sure you don't touch your eyes, etc. after handling them. Start with (1) pepper and add an additional one, if you prefer.
  2. Add all ingredients to a Vitamix (with a "pulse" feature) or a food processor and pulse until the walnuts and basil is chopped and everything is well blended and to your preferred consistency.
  3. Adjust seasonings to your preference.
Karielyn TillmanAbout Karielyn Tillman

Hi there, I’m Karielyn! I’m a wife and mother of three (daughter 20 years old, son 7 years old and son 5 years old) and I’ve been married for 24 years. I try very hard to make sure my family has healthy, nutrient-dense and wholesome foods to eat and that we avoid detrimental foods that can destroy and undermine our health.  Since I purchase the groceries and prepare the meals for our family, I do not take this responsibility lightly – it has always been my number one priority since embracing healthier food choices over 7 years ago. love to make everything I can from scratch and avoid processed foods as much as possible.  I'm very proud to have two young boys who love kale, goji berries, hemp seeds and my green smoothies. I am passionate about eating and buying healthy, organic, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods and ingredients and hope I can relay some of that passion with you.   On my website, The Healthy Family and Home, I share easy to make raw, vegan and gluten-free recipes using clean, wholesome ingredients.  I also provide "5 Fast Facts" about the key ingredients in the recipes I post listing the nutritional benefits of each one so you can "feel good about what you eat". No matter what diet plan you follow, I want to help you make healthier food choices, read ingredient labels and learn about what's in the foods you eat. Eat like it matters...because it does!

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