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Vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels

I love making quick, easy and inexpensive (sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts!) pestos. My favorite use for homemade pesto is – besides a simple pesto pasta dish – to use them in pinwheels. These vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels great snack for parties or lazy days in front of netflix!

Vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels on a plate with pesto on the side

Similar to the Wild Garlic Pesto Snails I’ve posted a looong time ago, these Arugula Pesto Pinwheels are perfect for parties. Wild Garlic can be pretty tricky to get, especially if you’re not living in Europe, so I thought it’s time for pinwheels which are made with more common ingredients. So here are the vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels with homemade nut-free Arugula Pesto. Easy to make and super delicious!

Arugula Pesto in a glass jar

The base for these Arugula Pesto Pinwheels, is of course Arugula Pesto, doh! The pesto is nut-free, because I’ve used sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts (which are MUCH CHEAPER anyways!).

Vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels on a plate with pesto in the background

Once you have the Arugula Pesto ready, the rest isn’t much work. Just roll out the puff pastry, spread the pesto on top while leaving out the bottom, sprinkle with cashew parmesan. Roll it in, cut it up and place it on a baking tray. Bake until golden and they’re ready! Actually they are way too easy. It’s hard not to make them every day :)

One Arugula Pesto Pinwheels being held in the hand

Vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels |

Vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for vegan Arugula Pesto Pinwheels. The Arugula Pesto is made in minutes and nut-free. Pesto Pinwheels are one of my favorite snacks for parties!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 25 slices
Calories 130 kcal


Ingredients for the Arugula Pesto

  • 1 1/2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove , peeled
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Rest of the ingredients


  • For the Arugula Pesto, stuff all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
  • Roll out the puff pastry dough.
  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of the arugula pesto on the puff pastry dough, leave out the bottom border.
  • Sprinkle the vegan Cashew Parmesan on top.
  • Roll the puff pastry dough in and close the edge.
  • Cut the puff pastry dough roll in about 25 pieces.
  • Place the Arugula Pesto Snails on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until golden.
  • Let them cool off a bit and enjoy!


*Dimensions: 16x9 inches or 42x24 cm. If you're looking for a vegan puff pastry dough in the US, old pepperidge farm should be vegan but make sure to check the label!


Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 95mgPotassium: 45mgVitamin A: 80IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.7mg
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