Paleo Pesto Sauce

Double or triple the recipe and freeze leftovers for future meals. Excellent on grilled meats or spaghetti squash.

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Paleo Pesto Sauce

Servings 4

Total Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 325

carbohydrate 4g

protein 3g

fat 34g


  • 1 cup(s) basil, fresh packed full
  • 1/4 cup(s) pumpkin seeds, raw
  • 1/4 cup(s) cashews, raw
  • 2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) coconut aminos
  • 2 medium garlic clove(s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup(s) olive oil


  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend into a smooth paste (stop several times and scrape the sides of the bowl down to get an even texture).
  2. Add more or less olive oil to reach desired consistency.


  1. I made this to eat with my salmon last night, but was confused by this recipe. Usually you mix all of the ingredients together with a food processor, but I don’t see that used anywhere in the recipe. How do you mix everything together for this particular recipe?

    1. You’d mix all of the ingredients in a food processor with a raw pesto sauce, but the heating of the ingredients helps mix them all together. You could certainly just mix them in the food processor instead of sauteing them, though, or both I suppose.

  2. Made this in food processor and put on the almond-flax pizza crust recipe. Toppings of sausage, tomato, mushrooms and onions. Yummy! Even my 3 year old loved it.

    1. mollythemobster – You can, but it’s not Paleo. It’s certainly not the worst thing you can eat, especially if you don’t have a soy sensitivity, but it is soy.

  3. Why are you guys heating the pesto? all the ingredients should be just blended together…. Never heard of cooked pesto… I’d imagine its quite bitter……..

    1. Newanna – Well, braggs liquid aminos are still made of soy, just like soy sauce, so it’s not technically Paleo. It’s ultimately up to you, of course.

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