Hemp Seed + Almond Pesto
A tasty pesto using hemp seeds and almonds, instead of the usual pinenuts. This pesto is an excellent addition to pasta, raw veggie noodles, potato salad or just dolloped on steamed veggies!
NUTRITIONAL NOTES: Hemp seeds are loaded with omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), protein and fibre. Almonds, a rich source of omega-6 EFA’s, are low in carbohydrates and contain loads of protein, vitamin E, riboflavin, manganese and magnesium.
Ingredients (makes about 1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup (tightly packed) fresh basil
1/4 cup fresh oregano
2 or 3 cloves garlic
3 to 4 Tbsp filtered water
salt + black pepper to taste
Soak almonds in warm, filtered water for at least 1 hour (preferably overnight in the fridge). Drain almonds, then add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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Callaway, J. C. (2004). Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview. Euphytica, 140(1-2), 65–72.