This recipe makes 2 portions

Pesto is one of my fav things. It can however be pretty calorific… with many store bought version having huge amounts of added sunflower oil.

Here I have created a low fat recipe for you to make and enjoy at home. It is shown above on my edamame pasta with quorn chicken pieces and pine nuts.


1 packed cup of fresh basil leaves

1tbs nutritional yeast (use one fortified with B12 if possible)

1tbs Extra virgin olive oil (optional)

1/2 tsp salt

1 small tablespoon on lemon juice

2 tbs pine nuts

2 garlic cloves

5 cashew nuts

2- 3 t bs water


  1. Add all ingredients (bar the water) to a food processor and blend …. adding the water slowly as you go until desired consistency is reached.
  2. Once it is all blended you can enjoy it straight away or it keeps in fridge in airtight container for at least a week.