hemp pesto

there are two basic ways to make pesto. one is to use parmesan cheese, which was my taste preference before i went vegan. the other way is to use a type of nut–often pine nuts but i’ve heard of walnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds used.

lately i’ve been cooking with and learning about the health benefits of hemp seeds. they are packed with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and a good helping of vitamin A to boot. plus they are tasty! they give a creamy taste and texture to anything you add them to, and can be used to make vegan milk or ice cream.

hemp pesto

1/3 c fresh basil
1/4 c spinach
3 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tsp sea salt

make sure to wash the basil and spinach well.

food process all ingredients for a few minutes until smooth. and that’s all, pretty simple.

i spread it across a rustic roll for toasting and sprinkled a few more hemp seed on top for good measure. this would be awesome on pasta or sandwiches for sure.

note: because of the basil and spinach in it, this sauce will go bad pretty fast. it’s best to eat within a day or two. refrigerate in an airtight container if you plan on storing.


4 Responses to “hemp pesto”
  1. Michaela Griffin Corde says:

    You should try making pesto with dandelion greens from the yard. I think you would love it. I have been picking them right before we mow, washing them really well (no one likes to eat dog pee) and throw em into the blender with some nuts (i have used walnuts or cashews), garlic, salt, pepper, a little mint/oregano, olive oil (or when I didnt have any nuts or olive oil I used some tofu) and some water. Blend it all up into yummy goodness and eat on everything.

  2. jacqueline says:

    that’s a great idea michaela! i’ve eaten dandelion pesto before but never tried my hand at making it. i’ll be trying that out very soon.

    thanks for the tip!

  3. Shannon L says:

    Isn’t hemp like weed? I am not sure, so I dont really know what I am talking about but that was always my impression? So will it like get you high if you eat it? I really dont know what I am talking about, I am just curious…

  4. jacqueline says:

    that’s a great question, shannon. hemp is a plant that can be used for lots of different things. the flowers do produce thc, which is the chemical that causes people to feel high. but some strands of hemp produce more thc than others, and it’s only if the plant is brought to flower.

    if the plant is pollinated and produces seeds, those seeds are particularly high in essential fatty acids and fiber. they have a great buttery taste but don’t contain thc and therefore don’t get you high. the stem of the plant is also used to it’s fiber, which is woven into fabric or rope.

    hope that helps!

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