Vegan Hemp Seed Pesto

overflowing jar of hemp seed basil pesto, gold spoon handle sticking out, surrounded by crackers, two basil leaves in forefront

This vegan hemp seed pesto is a great alternative to a traditional pesto recipe. It’s the perfect pesto for those that can’t eat nuts or dairy and don’t want to miss out, or compromise on taste!

We LOVE pesto in our house! I make it a lot and usually follow this recipe. I have tried so many different combinations of greens and seeds over the years and no matter what, the kids always inhale anything pesto! It frequents the dinner table in all sorts of ways…

Stirred through pasta

In wraps and sandwiches

On pizza

In Buddha bowls

Stirred through risotto

As part of ‘Bits and pieces’ for the kids (this is a plate of random things I pull from the fridge and pantry. Pesto as part of ‘bits and pieces’ usually happens in the form of a dip)

Mixed into yoghurt and used as a sauce

With scrambled eggs or on omelette

If you’d like to try this vegan hemp seed pesto stirred through pasta, it makes enough for 500g (uncooked weight) of pasta.

If you’re keen for additional veggies with that, replace some of the pasta with broccoli. Here’s a great recipe for Pesto Pasta with Broccoli that this pesto will work well in!

Using hemp seeds in pesto

When I decided a couple of weeks ago to try a vegan version of this family fave, I thought hemp seeds were a pretty good idea for it.

The ultra creaminess of hemp seeds is perfect. This, along with a bit more salt than I’d usually use in a pesto (to make up for the lack of salty Parmesan cheese), makes this a really great vegan pesto!

ingredients flat lay for hemp seed basil pesto on wooden table - basil, garlic, hemp seeds

Hemp seeds are so nutritious! They’re high in protein, and they are also a complete source of protein. This means that they contain all nine essential amino acids. They’re also rich in omega-3 and a range of vitamins and minerals.

Ready in minutes!

Making pesto in the Thermomix is a one step process. It can’t get much easier than that now, can it?!

All that’s needed is to add all ingredients into the bowl, blitz, and it’s ready.

Birdseye view - wooden background, close up of hemp seed pesto, spoon of pesto top left, partial ramekin of hemp seeds top right

However it is you decide to eat this, I hope you really enjoy it! I honestly don’t think you’ll miss the usual pesto inclusions of Parmesan and nuts.

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Wooden table, middle of shot is jar of hemp seed pesto with gold spoon sticking out, crackers and basil leaves around jar. Birdseye view.
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Vegan Hemp Seed Pesto

Made in just minutes, this allergen-friendly pesto is so versatile! It makes a tasty stir-through pasta sauce, dip, sandwich spread or pizza sauce!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Hemp seed pesto, Nut-Free Pesto, Thermomix Pesto
Servings: 6
Calories: 209kcal


  • 120 g hulled hemp seeds
  • 60 g olive oil (hemp seed oil also works well)
  • 40 g basil leaves
  • 40 g baby spinach
  • 20 g lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove (5g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in mixer bowl. Blend 2 seconds/speed 8/MC on. Scrape down bowl. Repeat.


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1081IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg

Please note, nutrition information is calculated via an online recipe nutrition calculator and is a guide only. It is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed 100% accurate. I am not a nutritionist or trained health professional.

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Katrina Jenkins
Katrina Jenkins
2 years ago

5 stars
I absolutely love this pesto and don’t miss the Parmesan cheese at all! I have probably eaten my quota just in scraping it from the bowl. Most pestos freeze well so will try a small quantity, otherwise how long would it keep in the fridge I wonder?

Hannah Brayshaw
Hannah Brayshaw
3 years ago

5 stars
I’ll admit I was skeptical that a vegan pesto could rival the traditional version, but WOW! My fears were unfounded! Truly delicious and authentic. I used garlic-infused olive oil as I am low-fodmap. Love the fresh lemon hit, and the fact that it is so nutritious. Thanks for an absolute winner!

3 years ago

Hi Bec, I find it hard to sign up

3 years ago

5 stars

3 years ago

5 stars
I love this pesto. It is super health, delicious and vegan. Not that I am vegan, however this will be my go to pesto from now on! Thank you Bec for sharing this with us. I now have quite a few wonderful recipes up my sleeve thanks to you!!

3 years ago

5 stars
oh hemp seeds in pesto, such a clever idea! I have some friends who are dairy free who would love this, thanks for the recipe 🙂

3 years ago

5 stars
I love a good pesto sauce and I’m always looking for vegan take on classic dishes for my vegan family – this is perfect!

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Hi, I'm Bec

I specialise in great tasting vegetarian Thermomix recipes and cater for a wide range of dietary needs. I love sharing here and in my cookbooks my healthy, delicious recipes (of course the odd treat too!) Whether you’re looking to ignite your thermo mojo, or just after some new, really tasty family friendly recipes, there really is something here for everyone



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