It’s unlike any other pesto.

Because there aren’t any pine nuts.

Instead I tossed in some sunflower seeds.

A pinch of nutritional yeast.

And sesame seeds.

O the flavor.

Just wait.

I caught myself spooning it into my mouth to taste and got a bit carried away. Yes, it’s that good.

Despite not feeling 100% up to par these past few weeks, I rallied last night and made this pesto to enjoy on my flight.

The secret ingredient?

Sunflower seeds.

I adore sunflower seeds because they lend such a velvety richness to dishes.  They go absolutely perfectly with the garliciness of this pesto-creamy, garlicy, delicious!

Did I mention this dish counts as a vegetable?

That’s right; it’s a nice bunch of spinach along with sweet onions and you could even get crazy with some extra garlic if you’re feelin’ the groove.

Serve it alongside some gluten-free crackers this holiday season- it’s a good decision.

Yet again, another fabulously easy n’ fun recipe that’s easy to serve when entertaining or to enjoy alone atop tofu, rice, quinoa or gluten-free toast.

Grab a spoon and get to work.

You’ll like this one.

I just know it.

Spinach Sunflower Seed Pesto

Gluten-Free and Vegan

Serves 6

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet white onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. white sesame seeds
  • 1/6 tsp. sea salt


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil, onions and garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions caramelize.
  2. Add spinach; cook for another 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  3. Transfer spinach mixture to a food processor; add remaining ingredients.
  4. Pulse until smooth.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  6. Serve atop gluten-free crackers, with crudites or as a spread atop toast.
  7. Enjoy.

I’m off to LA for some recipe development. Have a fabulous weekend, my foodies.

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  1. I liked your post on “snacks” . Are they regulars of yours?

    Also, can you do a post on “meals” just like your snacks? Maybe stuff that you choose from on a daily basis? (It is always nice to learn more about the blogger and their food choices on a daily basis – very inspiring).

    Perhaps a listing of 2-3 under headlines of “breakfast” , “lunch” , and “dinner”.

    1. Thank you Marsha; great to hear from you! I have done a few snacks posts on my blog and will continue to do more in the future. I will also work on a meals post for you where I can compile a few great recipes and tips for easy gluten-free and Clean meals. Thanks so much; have a great night!

      1. Thanks Marsha; SHAPE Magazine just did a feature on me in the ‘Day in My Life’ if you’d like to check it out on my Press Page. I’ll be sure to note these requests and put together a post of yummy eats- I don’t post about everything I eat as I think it’s important for everyone to eat what makes them feel good and not eat what everyone else is eating because it’s a fad. Great tip and thanks again; check out the SHAPE article and let me know your thoughts.