I am a HUGE pesto fan. Like huge!!  It literally is great on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. And lets not even start with all the different ways you can make pesto. Practically limitless!! But I’m pretty sure that this pesto trumps all other pesto’s!!  I’ve used artichokes in past sauces (like my Artichoke Chimichurri) because it gives a little extra flavor and makes everything so creamy!

This pesto is dairy free, but since I’m not the boss of you, if you want to add in a little parmesan then have at it, although it really doesn’t need it at all! Like I mentioned earlier, you can use this artichoke pesto on anything. My kids like dipping veggies into it, it’s super delish mixed into scrambled eggs, and over chicken, red meat, or fish. See….so versatile!!


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes


  • 1 can of quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 1 full bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbl lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Remove leaves from basil.
  2. Place everything into a blender or food processor and blend away until nice and creamy.
  3. If needed, add more oil
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After you are done making it, place into a mason jar.  It will last a week in the fridge.  You can also freeze it.  I like to put it in those silicone ice molds with the lids.  Then when I want to use some in a recipe I just throw it into the skillet and it will melt right up!

Tell me, what would you put this pesto on?


Whole30: yes

Paleo: yes


    • Pretend it's a Donut says:

      you could use stock instead or water. I would start with a little and see how watery it is. You could also do 1/2 oil and 1/2 broth or water 🙂

  1. Stephanie says:

    This looks awesome! I’ve been looking for a dairy free pesto! Also, I just subscribed to your blog and am participating in your 40k giveaway!

  2. Deb says:

    Goodness! I love basil, artichoke and garlic…what could be better? Nothing. I just made a batch, it’s so yummy. Being GF and sensitive to many foods, this is perfect. I’m going to use it as a dip, top my GF pizza crust with it, mix it in cooked broccoli (a favorite) and who knows what else! I will probably be making another batch soon. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Pretend it's a Donut says:

      yay!! This is our absolute favorite in our house! It is great on EVERYTHING!! So glad to hear that you liked it!

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