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Basil spinach almond pesto

(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!

Basil spinach almond pesto. Don't have pine nuts? No problem! @trialandeater

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!

Basil spinach almond pesto. Don't have pine nuts? No problem! @trialandeater

Use it as a sauce, dip, over pasta, or be like me and put it on some puff pastry.

Basil spinach almond pesto. Don't have pine nuts? No problem! @trialandeater

Any guesses what the finished product will be? Come back later in the week to find out!

Basil spinach almond pesto. Don't have pine nuts? No problem! @trialandeater
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Basil spinach almond pesto

(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!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Kelly @ Trial and Eater

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients in food processor and blend until combined.

Notes

It will be pretty thick, so if you want to make it thinner, add more water or olive oil until you reach desired consistency.

 

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Awesome recipe! I love almond pestos :)

Emma

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Yum! I love the nutrient boost from the spinach :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

This is how we make our pesto too. I actually prefer it this way.

Kelly

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Awesome Dannii, I liked it this way too!

Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

What a great recipe, Kelly! I love this home-made pesto. Such a great idea to add in some spinach and almonds. And I could eat pesto on just about anything!

Kelly

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Thanks Gayle! It was my first go at pesto so I was impressed at how well it turned out given all the substitutions I made.