Dessert Pesto

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Dessert Pesto

You may be wondering, Why is Savvy Julie eating pesto on a graham cracker? Has she gone nuts?’

If this was traditional pesto, however, I would not be experiencing this delicious, refreshing taste as I eat said pesto + graham cracker. Why? Because it is dessert pesto, silly!

This all came about when I was talking to Dan about my dessert hummus. A slip of the tongue later, the words “dessert pesto” came out of my mouth instead. I laughed it off, but then started thinking… I might actually be onto something!

Dessert Pesto

I was so busy dreaming up this pesto that I missed my turn on yesterday’s bike ride. But it was totally worth it.

Dessert Pesto


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons cashew pieces
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup canola oil


  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a food processor or blender until completely mixed. Add the oil, and blend. Serve and enjoy!

Let’s look at how this compares to regular pesto, shall we?

Traditional Pesto –> Dessert Pesto

Basil –> Mint

Garlic –> Chocolate

Pine Nuts –> Cashews

Cheese –> Cinnamon + Honey

Olive Oil –> Canola Oil

SO. ADDICTING. Looooove the cool minty aftertaste!

Dessert Pesto

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Smart Life

I’m so excited that Dan has a 3-day weekend for the holiday. We don’t know yet how we are going to celebrate the 4th, but the extra time off will be nice!

What are your plans for July 4?


    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I was surprised by how much it looked like regular pesto, too. Soooooo good!

  1. says

    yum!! That sounds delish!! I think I’ll be getting caught up and going to a party at a friend’s house. Have a good weekend!

  2. says

    Ahhh this looks delicious! Probably because it does actually look like classic pesto…

    Very creative, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. says

    Love the dessert pesto – neat!

    I’m just hanging out with my family for the Fourth. I’m looking forward to good eats and lots of relaxing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Fourth!

  4. Elizabeth says

    I was telling one of my friends about this today and she suggested toasting marshmallows and making it like a fancy s’more–with the dessert pesto in place of the chocolate.

    I love the creativity!

  5. says

    You’ve seriously outdone yourself! When I first read that it was *dessert* pesto before seeing the ingredient list, I was like HOW in the world is she going to pull that off with something green?? Mint = genius ๐Ÿ˜€