Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Raw Vegan Walnut Pesto (SCD/Paleo/GAPS)

 I have to say...I'm very pleased with vegan pesto.  I don't miss the the cheese at all.  And I use walnuts instead of pine nuts.  I guess there is a global pine nut shortage which prompted my local coop to put the pine nuts they did have in these ittty-bitty tiny plastic bags.  I laughed so hard and thought, I can't make pesto with 5 pine nuts!!  Thus, the walnuts made their debut and the outcome...sooo tasty!

-2 ounces of fresh basil (sort of hard to measure in cups, probably 4 cups)
-1 cup raw organic walnuts (you could also toast the walnuts, but do not if making raw)
-3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon (to taste)
-1/2 cup olive oil (or preferred oil)
-1/2 teaspoon garlic granules (or one clove of fresh garlic - or to taste)
-1/2 teaspoon salt

How To
1.  Place toasted walnuts in food processor and pulse a few times.   
2. Add basil, garlic granules, salt and pulse.
3. Turn on food processor, add in lemon juice and drizzle in oil.  Scrape down sides now and then.
4.  Test for seasoning.  

Daddy and Ethan gathering basil from the garden. 
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  1. I'm a pesto "freak"
    I can pesto with everything and just as is
    It's a great recipe - thanks!

  2. Mary Hudak-CollinsJune 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    I'm finding that through recipe hops, there are a lot of food items that I have never eaten. Pesto is one of them. I have quite a bit of basil, so I'll be giving this a try. Thank you for sharing this week in our recipe hop!

  3. I love this recipe...



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