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Pesto Flower [vegan] by The Flexitarian

Pesto Flower [vegan]

Quick, easy and delicious, this pesto flower is a great recipe to make with kids. Serve it as an appetiser, snack or as part of a buffet. After helping me with it, my daughter is now insisting on making one for her birthday party.

Back in June I was invited by SACLA’ at Café Murano in Covent Garden for the launch of their latest book “La Famiglia”, a family cookbook filled with many delicious pesto recipes. Some of them were created by the super talented Rachel Allen who hosted the event in London.

Pesto Flower - Sacla La Famiglia

Pesto is high on the list of my kids’ favourite food so there was a lot of excitement when they discovered a recipe for pesto cake in this cookbook. While a sweet pesto cake might sound unusual, this has quickly become a classic in our house which I am being asked to bake over and over again.

From Classic Basil to Truffle, SACLA’ pesto range is versatile and extensive. Many are not suitable for vegetarians or vegans as they contain (non vegetarian) cheese and eggs. So recently SACLA’ has released two Free From vegan pestos: No 9 Basil Pesto and No 10 Tomato Pesto which are also gluten free and wheat free. SACLA’ has replaced the cheese with tofu so this pesto has the texture and taste of regular pesto.

For this recipe I have used Free From No 9 Basil Pesto which is very similar in texture to Classic Pesto. While not as sharp or cheesy than its classic counterpart, you can hardly taste the difference.

SACLA' Free From Pesto


You will find a step-by step method below with images to help you make this pesto flower. It is quite straightforward. If kids are helping you out, just make sure they do not pull too hard on the dough while twisting the “petals” otherwise they will split.

We chose to make a pesto flower but this recipe is easily adaptable to other styles such as a Christmas tree or a wreath.

If you are looking for additional plant-based inspiration, check out my Beetroot & Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pesto Dressing recipe which I created for SACLA’ early on this year.

SACLA’ Free From Basil Pesto and SACLA’ Free From Tomato Pesto are available from the Free From aisle at most supermarkets or visit

This recipe was commissioned by SACLA’


Pesto Flower [vegan] by The Flexitarian


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