Dairy Free Power Me Up Pesto


Foods like this dairy free pesto leave my body screaming for more. Use it as a pesto over pasta, as a sauce or as a dip. I love it snuggled up to my scrambled eggs.

Foods like this dairy free Power Me Up Pesto leave my body screaming for more. Use it as a pesto over pasta, as a sauce or as a dip. I love it snuggled up to my scrambled eggs.

Last week my friend and I crossed the finish line of Dr. Sara Gottfried’s 21 Hormone Reset Detox. Fundamental to Dr. Sara’s detox is consuming a pound of veggies a day. Some days that wasn’t an easy feat, but this Power Me Up Pesto made it tons easier!

This sauce, glop, dairy free pesto—whatever we should call it—is quite addicting. I think it’s one of those foods that is so good for you that your body screams for more. It’s quite possibly the most nutrition-packed concoction I’ve ever consumed.

The recipe here is an adaptation of Pinch of Yum’s Magic Green Sauce recipe. What I like about it is that you can toss all the ingredients (more of this, less of that) into a food processor, whiz it up and enjoy it all week. Dollop this dairy free pesto it anywhere—on a frittata, over pasta, atop steamed fish, or on each of your ten fingers. Or enjoy it with crackers or from a spoon. Thank you Lindsay, great recipe! Thank you Christy, for making it and sharing it during our detox!

Dairy-Free Power Me Up Pesto

Dairy-Free Power Me Up Pesto


  • Lots of cilantro (one huge bunch or two smaller bunches)
  • Lots of parsley (one huge bunch or two smaller bunches)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon jarred pickled jalapeno slices (or more if you like heat)
  • 3/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews (or more pumpkin seeds to make it nut-free)
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a 10 to 12-cup food processor fitted with the "S" blade. Process until the consistency of pesto.
  2. Keep in fridge up to 5 days.

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Shirley Braden May 16, 2015 - 2:20 am

I need this pesto! Yes, a pound of veggies is a lot, but there are definitely some that I can easily eat a pound of. 😉 Thanks, Lexie!


Lexie May 18, 2015 - 1:17 am

You sent me to contemplate my favorite veggie. I think it would have to be kale—massaged with olive oil and dressed ever so lightly 🙂 Great to hear from you!! xoLexie

Edward Quaintance May 17, 2015 - 12:25 am

Great fun; we’ll try it! Why cilantro and parsley, and no basil? Do I wash and soak and rinse the raw cashews (ie, detox them too)? What happened to the one pound of broccoli per day to make your dietary goal, there, eh?

Lexie May 18, 2015 - 1:14 am

Hello Mr. Q! Cilantro/parsley vs. basil? Simply a budget choice. However, come summertime I will be throwing basil in fur shure! Started some from last year’s seeds and they are slowly coming along out in the garden. I hope to have lots of it to go with my Black Krim and Kellogg’s Breakfast heirloom tomatoes … Mmmmmm, mmmmm. Of course this pesto would go great on those, too! xoLexie

Felicia Mogavero May 18, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Cool take on a pesto – love the use of avocado, cilantro and pickled jalapeno! We are familiar with Dr. Gottfried’s book The Hormone Cure, would you recommend the detox?

Lexie May 18, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Hi Felicia, Love your name. I had a great friend growing up named Felicia 🙂 Anyway, I got Dr Sara’s Hormone Reset Book as well as paid to join the Spring detox (you get Facebook support and step by step guidance online). I think the book is ample … and can be followed to do the detox. Paying the $90-something I did for the online support would be great for a newbie, but if you’ve done detoxes before, the book should be enough to go by. At about day 10 I began to grow a little weary. I think that is my threshold for being ultra-disicplined. But I did complete the entire 21 days. How she prescribes to eat (every 3 days you give up something new … it starts with red meat, then sugar, then fructose … dairy, grains and so on) is how I already do eat. But adding the 1 pound of veggies a day plus extra fiber was a good exercise for me. I did buy her shakes and supplements just to try them. They were good, but with anything, after 21 days I was a little over the shakes. The first week was major elimination if you know what I mean … things really got moving … I would start a little easier on the extra fiber, too. All the women in the FB group said the same thing. 🙂 At the end of it all, I felt good because I had been eating so well. I did not lose weight, but am not sure I had much to lose (I am 5’8" and weigh 138). I just need to tone up … but that has been so hard for me with my low testosterone levels. I think the detox is worth a try for anyone who just can’t seem to lose the weight.

We Can eat August 19, 2015 - 8:22 pm

I cant wait to try this recipe. Thanks

Lexie August 19, 2015 - 8:41 pm

We Can Eat, it is the bomb. Play around with different herbs. I’ve been making this all summer as my healthy snack food. 🙂 xoLexie


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