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Guest Recipe Post: 'Our Very Besto Pesto' by Instagrammer, Just Plant Fabulous!

Healthy, delicious, and made with fresh ingredients from the garden, here is

Just Plant Fabulous's amazing vegan pesto recipe!

Welcome to Part 2 of our guest feature with Just Plant Fabulous- a gardener with a passion for growing and zesty vegan creations!

This delicious pesto recipe is vegan and created by the talented Instagrammer whose gorgeous gardens and plant-based dishes were featured in one of our recent posts!

In search of a great recipe to add something special to your favorite savory dishes?

Look no further than Just Plant Fabulous's 'Very Besto Pesto!'

Pair this healthy and delicious vegan basil pesto with a multitude of dinners and lunches for an abundance of flavor and summer greens!

colorful fresh vegetables in a bowl- corn, radish, cakes, avocado, tomatoes and carrots

If you're newer to the blog, you can find Part 1 of our Guest Post featuring Just Plant Fabulous - Tips and a Garden Tour here!

A favorite recipe highlighted on Just Plant Fabulous's Instagram page, this oil-free pesto can be prepared with fresh and simple ingredients that are easily turned into a flavorful sauce that captures the essence of summer!

cucumber radish and tomato salad

Using herbs and ingredients grown in her personal garden, Kerri has the best recipe for this iconic Italian spread that's easy and delectable!

Kerri's 'Very Besto Pesto' has been a go-to recipe for many years!

This flavorful sauce accompanies the mouthwatering soups, salads, pasta dishes and more she features on her vegan and plant-based IG feed!

This homemade basil pesto is not only delicious, it is also filled with fresh ingredients that contain protein, vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy antioxidants- a winning combination!

Kerri has been making her own fresh pesto to enjoy for a while now, and we're looking forward to learning her take on this classic sauce!

From Just Plant Fabulous:

"I’ve been making this pesto recipe since my daughter was a baby, and she has been a fan her whole life!

We have served it to both plant-based and non-plant-based eaters, and everyone always loves it!

It’s a pretty simple recipe because it requires no cooking and can be made in one appliance! It stores well in the refrigerator, covered tightly."

"Air makes basil darken, so you can do a couple of things:

1. You can fill a container to the top cover and leave no air space


2. Press plastic wrap right into the top of the pesto to help preserve its fresh color.

Rest assured, the pesto still tastes amazing!! The basil is experiencing *oxidation (see below). I hope you like it as much as we do!!"

jars of basil pesto stacked

Perfect for pasta, salads, toast, sandwiches or as a part of an appetizer platter, there are endless options of how to serve this fantastic spread!

Kerri has highlighted her 'Besto Pesto' alongside a multitude of dishes!

So head on over to Just Plant Fabulous on IG for more mouthwatering ideas of how to enjoy this 'Very Besto Pesto!'

We always love to make a book connection or two in our blog posts, and several fun titles came to mind to go along with this delectable international spread !

Here are some reads featuring Italian food, gardens, and fresh, pesto-inspired fare!


A fun, fresh and tasty version of this favorite Italian spread, here's how to make your own 'Very Besto Basil Pesto' by Just Plant Fabulous!


Our Very Besto Pesto!

Recipe by Just Plant Fabulous

"We enjoy 'Our Besto Pesto' on pasta and pizza! It’s so fresh and lively and doesn’t use refined oil. ...And we love the savory addition of miso!"

- Just Plant Fabulous

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 3/4 - 1 cup

Equipment Needed:


  • 2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves

  • 1 to 2 spinach leaves -optional- for vibrant green color, and a little extra nutrition!

  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup of raw organic walnuts

  • 3 tsp light sweet miso

  • 1/4-1/3 cup water


  1. In a food processor or blender, process the garlic until minced.

  2. Add the walnuts until they are ground a bit and to your liking.

  3. Add in the basil, spinach, nutritional yeast and miso.

  4. Blend ingredients until very well processed.

  5. With the machine running, slowly drizzle water until you’ve reached your preferred consistency.

Some Notes from Kerri at Just Plant Fabulous...

1. "I love buying bulk walnuts sourced from California! I only use organic walnuts like these!"

2. "This food processor is the best! I love it!"

A Teachable moment - A little Science in the Kitchen!

*What is 'oxidation?'

The reason pesto (and guacamole) turn brown is because of a chemical reaction that occurs when cut basil has been exposed to air. The reaction is known as oxidation.

Tip from Just Plant Fabulous: To prevent oxidation, you can blanch the basil leaves for a few seconds in boiling water until they turn bright green!!


Thank you so much to Just Plant Fabulous for sharing her delicious Besto Pesto Recipe with us here at My Kidz Bookshelf!

It was the perfect recipe to feature along with her garden tour in Part One of this fun Guest Feature!

Basil in a basket

Be sure to visit and follow Kerri @Just Plant Fabulous to see what she's been growing and her kitchen creations!

If you make this fantastic pesto, be sure to tag both us @MyKidzBookshelf and Kerri @JustPlantFabulous so we can see your tasty take on this zesty spread!

Make sure you Pin this post so you can return to it later for this delectable basil pesto recipe! It's going to become a favorite for sure!

We hope you enjoyed reading this guest post featuring Just Plant Fabulous's Besto Pesto Recipe and see you soon!

Bon Appetite!

Cenzia 🍅

Get the full 2-part post and the secrets behind this successful gardener's green thumb and Instagram pics!

Pinterest Pin Guest Feature-Top Tips and Garden Tour by Just Plant Fabulous

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