Keto Pesto

Keto Pesto with Toasted Almonds

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Keto Pesto with Toasted Almonds

Get ready for a delicious new twist on a classic! This Keto pesto is creamy, loaded with flavor, and super easy to make. You’ll want to put it on everything! Bonus: your whole house will smell incredible.

Keto Pesto with Toasted Almonds

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Keto Pesto with Toasted Almonds

If I were trying to keep you in suspense about my feelings on pesto, posting my THIRD recipe is probably a dead giveaway..

So let me just come out and say it. I really like pesto!

My other two recipes are Keto Pesto Sauce With Goat Cheese And Cashews and Garlic Lover’s Pesto Spread, both of which are wonderfully tasty. These amazing little green sauces are full of cheese, herbs, and deliciousness. And they’re so simple to make. What’s not to love?!

But this new recipe from the Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook may just be my low carb pesto masterpiece. Where my other recipes used raw cashews, this one uses roasted almonds.

Before I even tasted it, I knew it was a winner. My whole house smelled amazing, the toasted almonds just filled up the air! I may have to find a few other uses for them just to keep the scent wafting through my home.

This sauce has all the great, traditional flavor of a pesto sauce. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with parmesan, basil, garlic, and oil. But I have to say, the toasted almonds really take it to the next level!

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Kitchen Essentials

You’ll need a high powered blender or food processor to be able to fully blend the toasted almonds.

I personally use the Ninja, which comes in handy for tons of different recipes. The different attachments make it great for blending smoothies or chopping absolutely anything. I get a ton of use out of mine.

For this Keto pesto recipe, as long as you have something strong enough to handle the almonds, that will work just fine.

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Is Pesto Good For Keto?

Once again, the answer to this question is probably pretty obvious based on the number of pesto recipes I’ve posted.

Whenever possible, I recommend making your own pesto. This allows you to control the ingredients involved and avoid any hidden sources of sugar or carbs.

However, even when you make your own, pesto is best enjoyed in moderation. There are about 3 net carbs per ¼ cup, which can add up quickly if you aren’t paying attention. 

I recommend pairing pesto with other low or no-carb foods to reduce the overall carb intake. That way, you can fully enjoy this little indulgence!

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What To Eat With Pesto

Need some ideas for what to enjoy with this Keto basil pesto?

For a delicious dinner, try my super tasty and satisfying Keto Smoked Salmon & Pesto Zoodles With Bacon and just swap out the pesto for this new recipe.

Or use it in my Keto Pesto Sausage Pasta for another hearty weeknight option your whole family will enjoy.

Looking for something to just dip straight into the pesto? My Dairy Free Crispy Keto Chips or Keto Flatbread are great options! 

I also love adding leftover pesto to my eggs to give my morning a boost. If you haven’t tried it, just trust me, it’s crazy delicious!

How To Make Keto Pesto With Toasted Almonds

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread the almonds out directly on a baking sheet (there’s no need to line it with anything) and bake them for 6-8 minutes until fragrant. Be careful not to burn them!

Once the almonds are done, add them to your food processor and pulse a few times to get them broken into chunks.

Next, add the basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper into the food processor.

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Blend until desired consistency.

Finally, enjoy!

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Other Sauce Recipes From The Keto Option That You Might Like

Homemade Ketchup With A Kick

Thousand Island Dressing

Budget Peanut Sauce

One Minute Keto Guacamole

Smoked Teriyaki Sauce

Keto Pesto

Keto Pesto with Toasted Almonds

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Calories 409 kcal


  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 2 packed cups approx. 4 ounces fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese or 1/2 cup shredded
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic cut into several pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Spread almonds out on a baking sheet (no need to line it with anything)
  • Bake almonds for 6-8 minutes until fragrant. Be careful not to burn them!
  • Add almonds to a food processor and pulse a few times to get them broken into chunks.
  • Add basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper into food processor.
  • Blend until desired consistency.


Pesto sauce is reprinted with permission and appears as part of the Almond Pesto Zucchini Noodles Recipe in The WholesomYum Easy Keto Cookbook.


Serving: 1/4 cupCalories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 4gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 414mgFiber: 1g
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