Dairy Free Basil Pesto

This recipe is proudly made in partnership with Three Farmers Foods.
I love using their Camelina oil and this recipe uses their super flavourful Roasted Onion and Basil oil.


GUYS IT'S SO GOOD.
GO TO THE STORE. BUY IT THEN TRY IT RIGHT NOW.

I love camelina oil because of it's high smoke point (making it perfect for roasting) and it's high omega 3 profile. This makes it a great oil for cognitive function, reducing inflammation, joint and heart health.


Pesto is traditionally made with pine nuts and parmesan, but I'm too poor to buy pine nuts and needed to make this recipe dairy free as I'm currently doing an elimination diet. I chose to use macadamia nuts as they are my fave nut ever! But mostly because they're so creamy and buttery and I figured they would be the best substitute for the parmesan, while also giving a subtle hint of nuttiness in lack of the pine nuts.


Macadamia nuts are high in oleic acid and omega-9 fatty acids which is a heart healthy fat and helps to decrease the risk the stroke and/or heart attacks. In addition to the healthy fats found in macadamia nuts, they're also a great source of manganese, thiamine, iron, potassium, selenium and magnesium. They're also a source of both soluble and insoluble fibre which helps support digestive health and detoxification.


This recipe is super easy to make. Throw all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until it's just slightly chunky.
That's it.
Enjoy!


Ingredients:

1/3 C macadamia nuts
1/2 C packed Thai basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp lemon juice
a little less than 1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C Three Farmers Roasted Onion & Basil Camelina Oil

Recipe notes: If you want to make to make "Italian" dairy free pesto, use regular basil leaves instead of Thai basil, and use extra virgin olive oil instead of camelina. 

Directions:

Add all ingredients and blend until almost smooth.

Toss with pasta or in a rice pilaf, use as a spread for homemade pizza, or spread on crackers and eat with a cherry tomato!

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