Basil Hemp Seed Pesto

This dairy-free Basil Hemp Seed Pesto is an easy way to add a pop of flavour to dishes and is packed with plant-based protein and Omega-3 fats! 

A jar of hemp seed pesto surrounded by fresh basil leaves and hemp seeds.

Summer is here, and that means plenty of fresh herbs! For once my basil plant is thriving, so a fresh batch of pesto was definitely in order. It’s one of my absolute favourite ways to really transform a meal and brighten up a dish.

This homemade pesto is full of plant-based protein and omega-3 fats thanks to the hemp seeds. It’s also dairy-free, so is perfect for anyone who is avoiding dairy but still wants to enjoy this delicious condiment. 

Ingredients needed

All you need to make this easy basil pesto are 7 simple ingredients: 

  • fresh basil 
  • hemp seeds – feel free to use walnuts, pine nuts, or sunflower seeds instead!
  • garlic cloves
  • nutritional yeast – this gives the pesto a delicious cheese-like flavour. You can omit this or use fresh parmesan cheese instead (around 1/4-1/3 cup) if you aren’t dairy free. 
  • fresh lemon juice – adds the perfect bit of acidity and brightens up the pesto.
  • sea salt 
  • extra-virgin olive oil 
A jar of hemp seed pesto surrounded by fresh basil leaves.

What to eat bail pesto with 

  • my favourite way – in pasta! The combination of pasta, chicken, sundried tomatoes, and black olives is always a winner.
  • add to salad dressings or sauces.
  • use as a spread on toast, sandwiches or wraps.
  • use as a topping on baked salmon, chicken or roasted veggies.
  • drizzle over eggs.
  • mix with yogurt for a delicious dip.

Basil Hemp Seed Pesto

Recipe by Emily Maude
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Total time

5

minutes

This dairy-free Basil Hemp Seed Pesto is an easy way to add a pop of flavour to dishes and is packed with plant-based protein and Omega-3 fats.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil

  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Add all the ingredients except the oil to a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
  • With the motor running, slowly add the oil and process until combined. Serve and enjoy!

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