This vegan hemp seed pesto is a great alternative to a traditional pesto recipe. It’s the perfect pesto for those that can’t eat nuts or dairy and don’t want to miss out, or compromise on taste!
We LOVE pesto in our house! I make it a lot and usually follow this recipe. I have tried so many different combinations of greens and seeds over the years and no matter what, the kids always inhale anything pesto! It frequents the dinner table in all sorts of ways…
Stirred through pasta
In wraps and sandwiches
In Buddha bowls
Stirred through risotto
As part of ‘Bits and pieces’ for the kids (this is a plate of random things I pull from the fridge and pantry. Pesto as part of ‘bits and pieces’ usually happens in the form of a dip)
Mixed into yoghurt and used as a sauce
With scrambled eggs or on omelette
If you’d like to try this vegan hemp seed pesto stirred through pasta, it makes enough for 500g (uncooked weight) of pasta.
If you’re keen for additional veggies with that, replace some of the pasta with broccoli. Here’s a great recipe for Pesto Pasta with Broccoli that this pesto will work well in!
Using hemp seeds in pesto
When I decided a couple of weeks ago to try a vegan version of this family fave, I thought hemp seeds were a pretty good idea for it.
The ultra creaminess of hemp seeds is perfect. This, along with a bit more salt than I’d usually use in a pesto (to make up for the lack of salty Parmesan cheese), makes this a really great vegan pesto!
Hemp seeds are so nutritious! They’re high in protein, and they are also a complete source of protein. This means that they contain all nine essential amino acids. They’re also rich in omega-3 and a range of vitamins and minerals.
Ready in minutes!
Making pesto in the Thermomix is a one step process. It can’t get much easier than that now, can it?!
All that’s needed is to add all ingredients into the bowl, blitz, and it’s ready.
However it is you decide to eat this, I hope you really enjoy it! I honestly don’t think you’ll miss the usual pesto inclusions of Parmesan and nuts.
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Hemp Seed and Basil Pesto
- 120 g hulled hemp seeds
- 60 g olive oil (hemp seed oil also works well)
- 40 g basil leaves
- 40 g baby spinach
- 20 g lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove (5g)
- 1 tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients in mixer bowl. Blend 2 seconds/speed 8/MC on. Scrape down bowl. Repeat.
Please note, nutrition information is calculated via an online recipe nutrition calculator and is a guide only. It is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed 100% accurate. I am not a nutritionist or trained health professional.