Pesto Recipe 

Our pesto recipe was borne out of a desire for green goodness that wouldn't create an allergy hotspot! It's nut and dairy free, but still really tasty, and it's SO simple to make.

We used pumpkin seeds in place of pine nuts which gives even more of a green hue to this pesto.

pesto recipe

Pesto Recipe - Nutritional Info

pumpkin seed nutrition pesto recipe suitable for paleo diet vegans and gluten and dairy free

You may think herbs are just for flavour, but most of them also contain essential nutrients in concentrated forms which are beneficial to our health.

Basil is a rich source of vitamins A, C and K, along with magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium. 

Pumpkin seeds are absolutely packed with magnesium, zinc and omega 3s.

They are anti inflammatory (which makes them a better choice than sunflower seeds) and are reputed to be good for both prostate and post menopausal health.

Ingredients - serves 2 - 4

  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 handfuls - approximately 40g - basil leaves
  • 8 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pesto Recipe - Instructions

  1. Wash the basil leaves and then pat dry with some kitchen paper.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor (we used the small attachment that came with our immersion blender)
  3. Whizz for approximately 20 seconds then remove the lid and push all of the ingredients back down into the bowl.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you have a thick paste - it is unlikely to be totally smooth, but this is normal with pesto anyway.

Pesto is a classic Italian recipe that traditionally uses pine kernels (pine nuts) and parmesan cheese. Parmesan is one of the only easily available raw milk cheeses available in UK supermarkets, so if you edge more towards a primal style of diet, this would be an excellent addition to this recipe.

Vegans often use nutritional yeast to add a cheesy flavour to dishes. Some consider it paleo whilst others don't, so make your own mind up whether you add it or not. It is considered to be very good for your health, providing B12 plus an impressive 15 minerals and 18 amino acids - one of the best non animal sources of protein. The next time I see a tin I might give it a try, but really this recipe works just fine without the umami hint that comes from the addition of cheese or nutritional yeast flakes.

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