Nut Free Hemp Seed Pesto

This pesto is super quick to whip up and is flavourful and nutritious as fuck. It's completely plant based, nut free, dairy free and is loaded B vitamins, chlorophyll, vitamin C,  and Omega 3, 6 & 9.



I have another pesto recipe that is dairy free (click here to check it out) but I wanted to make a pesto that was allergen friendly so everyone can enjoy it.


I love love love fresh basil. I feel so lucky to have fresh herbs so accessible to me.

Pro tip: I like to dry my own basil at home to prepare for when fresh basil is super expensive or hard to find at the grocery store. I pluck all the leaves off the stem, line a baking tray with a clean tea towel and gently lay out the leaves leaving space in-between each leaf. Leave in a sunny spot on the counter  until the leaves are FULLY dried (usually takes about a week but this depends on sun and temperature).


I love using pesto in my salads (as pictured above), as a base for sandwiches or pizza, as a marinade for meats or tofu, or by simply drizzling on grilled vegetables to really take you to flavour town. Flavour is my life and as a self-proclaimed food snob, I sure as hell don't settle for bland food.

Enjoy, friends!
 

Ingredients:

2 C packed basil leaves
3 cloves garlic 
1/4 C hemp seeds
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1/3 C + 1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to suit your taste.

Store in airtight container for up to a week.


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