Want to pump up the protein factor in pesto? Make it with hemp seeds instead of pine nuts. Add a dreamy cashew cream to it, toss it with some grape tomatoes and mix in some pasta. This is also great on a roasted veggie panini or sandwich.
Creamy Hemp Pesto [Vegan]
Ingredients You Need for Creamy Hemp Pesto [Vegan]
For the Cashew Cream:
- 1 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup water
For the Pesto:
- 2 cups fresh basil, packed
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- zest of 1 lemon
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup cashew cream
How to Prepare Creamy Hemp Pesto [Vegan]
To Make the Cashew Cream:
- Blend cashews and water in a high speed blender. I used a Vita-Mix which will help get it ultra smooth.
To Make the Pesto:
- In a food processor, blend basil, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and hemp seeds until coarsely blended and then drizzle in olive oil while processing until smooth.
- Stir in cashew cream.
- Spiralize a raw zucchini into pasta, or cook brown rice pasta according to package directions. Top with creamy hemp seed pesto and grape tomatoes, and garnish with fresh basil.
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