Vital Proteins



by Christina Anania, @evolvewithtee

This homemade pesto is so good, you’ll want to drop everything you’re doing at this moment and whip it up in your kitchen. Don’t worry, we won’t judge – mostly because making this collagen recipe takes almost no time at all. Plus, it’s great as a dip with vegetables and crackers or as a pasta and pizza sauce — the options are endless! 

Traditionally, Pesto is made with parmesan cheese and pine nuts. However, I wanted to make a pesto that was creamy and dairy free. The soaked cashews allow for a smooth and creamy texture, making it a wonderful dairy-free spread or dip. The nutritional yeast mimics a nutty cheese flavor and, with the combination of fresh basil and garlic, brings together all of the flavors you know and love.

In this simple Pesto recipe, I added a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to help support healthy hair, skin, nails and joints.** Since Collagen Peptides is unflavored, it makes it incredibly easy to sneak into every recipe.

My recommendation is to double the recipe and store it in a glass jar in the fridge for a week so you have a wonderful go-to sauce or dip for your recipes. I have even topped my tacos with this Pesto because of the beautiful fresh flavor it offers. Plus, it's the perfect color to complement your St. Patrick’s Day plans!

Dairy-Free Pesto Recipe 

Yields 5-6 servings


  • 1 C fresh basil
  • ¼ C cashews (soak for 5-10 minutes)
  • ¼ C nutritional yeast
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 t black pepper
  • ¼ t Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1 T garlic (minced)
  • 1 T lemon juice


1. Measure out all of the ingredients and add to a food processor or a high-speed blender.

2. Add everything into the food processor and process on high for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Blend together until smooth and scoop into a bowl. Note: To make it thinner, add about 1-2 t of water or unsweetened nut milk.

4. Enjoy with vegetables, crackers, as a pasta sauce or on a pizza crust.

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**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.