Avocado and Basil Pesto(Keto Friendly)

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I was trying to make some pesto, but for some reason the basil wasn’t as basil..y as I expected it to be. I tweaked it a bit by adding some avocado, lemon, and smoked paprika and this delicious concoction happened! Use it as a dip, spread, or sauce on your favorite veggies or proteins. Enjoy!!!❤❤❤

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Avocado and Basil Pesto

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author WhollyCupcake


  • 4 ounces fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • lemon juice from one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a food processor add the basil, walnuts, garlic, avocados, lemon juice, and seasonings. Pulse until creamy.
  • With food processor on high, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  • Adjust the seasoning as needed. Store  pesto in jars or airtight container.


Since this pesto is made with avocados, slight darkening might occur on top layer. It's completely edible, but if color bothers you gently scrape off top layer and discard.

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May 19, 2018 12:45 am

This looks so yummy! Love the smoked paprika 🙂

May 13, 2018 1:09 pm

Awesome combo of avocado and basil 🙂

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