Roasted Carrot Pesto

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Sooooooooo……. guess who has a new niece?!?!?!!!!!!!! She was born on Saturday and I couldn’t have been filled with more joy! Thank you to all who preemptively wished me congrats! Although I didn’t get to meet her over MLK, Jr. weekend, I’ll be meeting her soon. πŸ˜€

I also wanted to update y’all about my cleanse, which I’ll do with a quote from my sister and brother-in-law…

Sister: Wow, you’re GLOWing!

Me: Really?

Sister: Yeah, REALLY! You look GREAT!

Bro-in-law: Yeah, either YOU’RE pregnant or this new diet you’re on is really working.

Well, folks, you may have guessed the next announcement I’m about to make… YES! My ‘diet’ is working πŸ˜‰ (NO, I’m NOT pregnant. LOL!) And by “diet,” I mean vegan, no booze, minimizing sweets and processed foods. And by “working,” I mean more energy, no crazy tummy issues after eating, and apparently a glow. I am STILL jonesing for real cheese (although I did treat myself to a vegan slice of pizza and cupcake last weekend), but all in all, I’m feeling really good about my detox month! Less than a week to go now…

And speaking of cleanse month, this roasted carrot pesto was one of the dishes I made on New Years Eve to kick off Veggie Month. I originally envisioned a pesto trio–mushroom, carrot, and broccoli. I didn’t have time to make three, so I made this one, which actually ended up more like a puree, rather than a pesto. On NYE, I served it as you see in the picture: with crackers and raw grape tomatoes on a bed of radicchio. The next day I combined 1/2 cup of the puree with 1/2 cup homemade cashew “cream” sauce and 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth (to thin it out) and served the sauce with whole wheat pasta (which was AH-MAZE-ING!). I can also envision serving the puree as a side dish for an elegant dinner party. One recipe… sooooooooo many options :D.

Happy Wednesday folks! And thanks for your suggestions on a new camera. I’ll let you know what I decide when I’m able to buy one!

Roasted Carrot Pesto

(Printable Recipe)


1 1/2 cups baby carrots–roasted

1/2 cup sunflower seeds–lightly toasted

olive oil



dash: thyme, cayenne, curry

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)


*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Add carrots to baking pan. Drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dash of thyme, cayenne, and curry. Roast for ~30 minutes, turning twice, until carrots are caramelized. Let cool 5 minutes.

*Add roasted carrots to food processor, along with toasted sunflower seeds. Pulse until the mixture is meal-like. Scrape down sides. While motor is running, drizzle oil in a steady stream until pesto comes together (~3-5 tablespoons of oil). Adjust seasoning and stir in nutritional yeast if using. Serve as a side dish or with pasta. YUM!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Aaawwwwwwwwwwwww CONGRATS Auntie Tiff!!! <3 <3 <3

    I am so glad to hear your feeling (and looking ;-P) great! I would need some detox myself!!! sigh

    I love this roasted carrot pesto! It sounds and looks amazing. I love the versatility of the recipe!!

  2. This is a creative and healthy one Tiffany, glad to stop in and see this great recipe. Also, congrats on the new niece-I bet you cannot wait to meet that sweet girl! Have a wonderful day.

  3. Congratulations on both issues:)
    This carrot sunflower seed concoction sounds interesting – a variation of peanut butter. I guess it keeps for a few days only

  4. Wow..genius idea to make roasted carrot pesto!! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your cleanse!! I commend you so much to sticking to it and really showing results!! Well done. πŸ™‚

  5. Congratulations on being an aunt and your cleansing success.
    The pesto sounds good. I may have to try this as my daughter brought me 1 pound of sunflower seeds a couple of weeks ago.

  6. Congratulations and let the spoiling begin! This would be a great Superbowl snack and I would love to pluck those roasted carrots right out of your food processor.

  7. Congrats on the new born and sure thats going be great fun in the family. I will support the veggie week, I mean its worth cleaning the body from time to time and your recipe just hit the nail for doing so. The carrot pesto looks so gorgeous and alive with all that you have used it for.

  8. There’s so much to enjoy about this post — becoming an Aunt, feeling healthy to the point that folks are commenting on your glow, and coming up with a great veggie pesto! Sounds like a great start to the New Year!

  9. Yummy pesto, congratulations on the new arrival. loved this recipe, book marked. BTW, am also intrigued by ur new diet

  10. Wow, how interesting! I’d love to try the carrot pesto πŸ™‚
    And congrats, you are doing wonderfully! πŸ™‚

  11. Congrats on being an AUNT!!! And on the “glow.” I love that clean feeling.

    This pesto looks delish! I love the idea of turning it into a pasta sauce too. Brilliant. Will you still be making a mushroom version? I’d love to try that one as well.

  12. So proud of you and your dedication to your cleanse!! And congrats on being an aunt! Although for a second my mind was flooded with images of little mini Tiffs crawling around in onesies with pictures of vegetables on them πŸ™‚ This pesto looks so good, I love that you added sunflower seeds.

  13. Congrats on becoming an auntie! It’s an awesome place to be and you’re going to be glowing in many more ways as soon as you meet your niece! Congrats too on the success of your cleanse. You must have a lot of self-discipline and detemination! The carrot pesto looks amazing. I love the thought of roasting the carrots first.

  14. Interesting pesto – Great idea! Congrats on feeling fabulous, I switched to a vegan diet almost a year ago and I know that glowing-feeling πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!
    P.S. I still crave cheese, especially pizza, and I will give in to that craving every once in a while and I don’t keep myself awake at night over it. I think when you convert to a vegan diet (or any diet for that matter), you can just about drive yourself crazy over all the little things…I’ve got enough in my life to bring out insanity, so if I want a little cheese or a cupcake at a birthday party…so be it πŸ™‚

  15. I never tried a carrot pesto. Must be really good! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Aw yay! That is super duper exciting!! Congrats to you and your family!

    Tiffany, you are singing my heart song with this pesto!! Carrots are my absolute favorite πŸ™‚

  17. CONGRATS Tiff!!! Being an aunt us an awesome title!!!
    Now about the glow..I can imagine that your detox and more veggie and fruit intake would have an impact on your energy and glow!
    This Pesto sound fantastic..will have to try it!!!
    Have a lovely day aunty..enjoy!!!!

  18. Man, I’m sorta bummed that there isn’t a Baby Water on the way πŸ™‚ But I’m not bummed about this carrot pesto! Beautiful.

  19. Congratulations on your new niece–I know you’ve been waiting for her! This pesto has great color–yum!

  20. Congrats again, Tiffany. Leave it to you to create something different and deeply scrumptious looking. I’m sure there are fun days ahead in the kitchen whenever her Aunt Tiffany visits!

  21. Congrats on your new niece Tiffany!! And congrats on glowing πŸ˜€

  22. Hello, Auntie Tiffany! Congratulations on the new niece and the new glow!
    This carrot pesto will definitely get me glowing with happiness … goes great with all my munchies! πŸ˜€

  23. Congrats,for your niece and the vegan diet which has made you glow. Tomorrow the carrot pesto will be in top 9.
    Really I love sunflower seeds and add it to my salad, muffins and bread but never ground it. The pesto rocks.

  24. Roasted carrots and pesto? What a GREAT idea! Congratulations, Auntie! I’m glad the diet is making you glow!

  25. Congrats Congrats Congrats!! Enjoy your little niece. Such exciting news πŸ™‚
    This carrot pesto looks amazing, would love this on pasta!!

  26. I love how you think about and reinvent dishes, Tiffany. Love this pesto. Congrats on your new niece and on the successful diet. Have a great weekend!

  27. What a great idea! I never thought of doing carrot pesto, but it sounds like a great idea!

  28. Congrats!!! You will be a great aunt for sure!
    Glad the diet it working for you, I wish I had the will power! This sounds like a yummy dip though!

  29. Aw! Congratulations! Both on the new niece and on feeling so good! That’s an awesome way to head into the weekend.

  30. I have never had carrot pesto but it sounds really good! Congrats on the new niece and on glowing too!

  31. New niece? Glowing? Hooray! And your carrot pesto looks spectacular! Have a great weekend, Tiffany~

  32. Congratulations dear! You’re genius to come up with this amazing pesto!

  33. Delicious! I just discovered your site through FoodBuzz, and I’m so grateful to have found a vegan blogger! I’m really enjoying scrolling through your archives. Thanks!

  34. Sounds great! I’ve made beet pesto, and butternut squash pesto, but never carrot! Yummy!

  35. I have never thought of pesto with carrots before but what a great idea.

  36. This sounds delicious! I’ve never thought to used roast carrots in pesto. Beautiful recipe!

  37. Aw, congrats on your new niece! That is so exciting and wonderful. Also, this roasted carrot pesto sounds absolutely amazing. I love making “pesto” out of so many different veggies, greens, nuts, etc. But I’ve never made it with carrots! I have to try this.

  38. Hello Auntie Tiffany! Congrats! It must be a special feeling to be an auntie. My brother or my brother-in-law are not married and I am not anyone’s auntie yet!

    So happy to hear about this diet and glow of course. Only glow I had was when I was younger AND pregnant with my first (no glow on 2nd, why??). Your healthy recipes always inspire me!

  39. I never had or heard carrot pesto but it definitely looks delicious!

  40. Thanks for the comments everyone! This was surprisingly reallllllllly tasty! πŸ˜€

  41. Congrats on the the niece, congrats on the cleanse and congrats on an awesome recipe! What a great post, just full and gushing with good things…actually would GLOWING be a better word? πŸ™‚