4-Ingredient Pesto Pinwheels

February 1, 2021

Appetizers and Sides

By: Jasmine Briones 

Learn how to make these easy, flaky, and delicious vegan pesto pinwheels with just 4 simple ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time! They are perfect for kids, parties, and even the pickiest of eaters.

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Did you know that most crescent roll dough is accidentally vegan? Crescent rolls by default are used to make a croissant style pastry, but there is actually so much more you can do with the dough, including these pinwheels!

For these 4-Ingredient Pesto Pinwheels, the crescent roll dough is loaded with vegan pesto, roasted red peppers, and vegan mozzarella cheese shreds, rolled into a log, and then cut into 16 mini rolls. Not only are these simple to make, but they will also leave anyone who tries them smiling and asking for more.

vegan pesto, roasted red peppers, vegan cheese and crescent rolls on a gray board

Here’s What We Need:

  • Crescent Roll Dough: We like using either the Immaculate Baking Co. organic crescent roll dough, or the Pillsbury Original based on what’s available. While most crescent roll varieties are accidentally-vegan, it’s important to check the labels, because some aren’t!
  • Vegan Pesto: If you want to make your own pesto, we have a fabulous recipe that you can find here. If you want to buy store bought, we recommend the kale pesto from Trader Joe’s or any option that is vegan!
  • Roasted Red Peppers: Grab yourself a jar of marinated roasted red peppers. Not only do they come in handy for this recipe, but they’re also great on pizza, in salads, sandwiches, and more.
  • Vegan Cheese: We’ve found that mozzarella-style shreds work best for these pinwheels. We like to use either Follow Your Heart or Violife.
vegan pesto pinwheels on a white speckled plate

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4-Ingredient Pesto Pinwheels


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 16 pinwheels
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Learn how to make these easy, flaky, and delicious vegan pesto pinwheels with just 4 simple ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time! They are perfect for kids, parties, and even the pickiest of eaters.


Ingredients

Pinwheels

  • 1 can crescent roll dough
  • 6 tablespoons vegan pesto
  • 2 tablespoons roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup shredded vegan mozzarella cheese

Equipment

  • Spatula or spoon
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat(s)
  • 1 full or two half baking sheets
  • Sharp knife

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. If you don’t have a full sized baking sheet, you will need to use 2 half sheets.
  2. Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate it into 4 rectangles. Using your fingers, mend the seams together to close any gaps on the dough.
  3. Evenly spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of pesto over each rectangle, leaving 1/4 inch of space around the edges. Sprinkle each rectangle with 1/2 tablespoon of roasted peppers and 1 tablespoon of vegan cheese.
  4. Carefully roll the dough starting on the short edge and pinch seam together. Using a sharp knife, cut the small logs into 4 pieces each, for a total of 16. Transfer the rolls to the baking sheets and place into the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Method: Oven

Keywords: pesto, pinwheels, super bowl, red pepper, vegan cheese, snack

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