Pumpkin and Hemp Seed Pesto
By Joanne Aponte, ND • September 11, 2020
This dairy free pesto is made from pumpkin and hemp seeds. Seeds are a great alternative to using nuts. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc (one of the most important immune supportive nutrients). The seeds are an excellent vegetarian protein source and source of healthy fats. Use this pesto as a spread on homemade pizzas, as a dip for crackers and veggies or a marinade for chicken and fish. Toss with zucchini noodles for a yummy side dish. So many ways to use pesto!
I make a batch of this about every other month and freeze it up in small glass containers. I love to have a pre-made supply of pesto on hand at all times!!
2 cups raw, shelled pumpkin seeds
⅓ cup hulled hemp hearts
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
¾ teaspoon sea salt
2 packed cups spinach
2 packed cups kale
½ cup fresh basil
1 cup olive oil
4-6 cloves raw garlic, peeled with ends chopped off
Add ingredients to food processor and until a smooth sauce forms (a bit of texture is totally fine).
This pesto tastes great on top of an Angelic bakery sprouted pizza crust.
Notes: Vegan, dairy free, vegetarian
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