Oil-free pesto

Oil-free basil pesto, with subtle notes of lemon and garlic, is exceptionally creamy and effortlessly nourishing thanks to a secret ingredient: cannellini beans. Transforming your kitchen practices can be challenging at first, but reimagining your favorite recipes, unadulterated by sugar, oil, or salt, is a powerful step towards viewing food as medicine.


  • 1 cup organic basil leaves (at least 2 ounces, packed tightly) 
  • 1/2 cup cooked cannellini beans (look for brands like 365 Organic, no salt added) 
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon 
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water
  • 1 large garlic clove 


  • Blender


Wash the basil, lightly shaking the leaves dry to maintain moisture. Pack the basil as tightly as possible into 1 cup, using at least 2 ounces of the herb for maximum flavor potency. 

Using a high-powered blender, mix all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Enjoy as a salad dressing or with lentil pasta, such as Tolerant Foods (one-ingredient pasta with no additives). 

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