(Vegan) Basil spinach almond pesto. Don’t have pine nuts? Or parmesan? No problem! You can still make a basil pesto spread, no cheese or pine nuts required!
Part 1 of my “make everything from scratch” meal was making homemade puff pastry.
Part two… pesto!
I’ll admit I never made pesto from scratch before, so when I realized that two of the seemingly important ingredients (parmesan cheese and pine nuts) were missing in my kitchen, I decided to try something different.
I struggled a bit (#foodbloggerproblems) with how to name this recipe. Almond pesto? Basil almond pesto? Spinach basil pesto with surprise ingredient? It’s easy to go overboard with listing every ingredient in the title, though I decided for this, all the ingredients were important to list since they are not all found in the typical pesto recipe.
Basil is one of the few things I seem to have been able to keep alive in my garden but my little leaves are so small, it didn’t yield me as much as I thought it would. So I added spinach!
The result was still missing something, so I threw some almonds in since they were the only nut I had available at the time. It helps to add that extra crunch!
One word I did leave off the title was “skinny,” but it totally can be if you only add a little bit of oil like I did (I wanted to keep it pretty thick). If you want more liquid, add more oil or water to get the consistency you want!
Use it as a sauce, dip, over pasta, or be like me and put it on some puff pastry.
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 lemon, , juiced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Add all ingredients in food processor.
- Blend until combined.
It will be pretty thick, so if you want to make it thinner, add more water or olive oil until you reach desired consistency.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 13gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.