This nut-free Hemp Seed Pesto recipe is so simple, fast, and the perfect topping on your favorite pasta, avocado toast or almost anything!
My family and I LOVE pesto. It is so easy and such a great way to take a simple pasta to the next level. In this allergy friendly pesto recipe, instead of pine nuts, I used hemp seeds. Not only are hemp seeds a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids (I love putting them in smoothies, pancakes and protein balls), they also make this recipe safe for people with nut allergies! Plus, adding parmesan cheese is totally optional, so this pesto recipe is can also be vegan and dairy free! Nut free, dairy free, vegan hemp seed pesto? What’s not to love and perfect for any kids who have sensitive food allergies.
Hemp Seed Pesto is extremely versatile and great for whipping up a last minute pasta dinner or as a topping on a yummy grain bowl or salad. It’s even delicious on top of your eggs in the morning. Toss it on some penne pasta with tomatoes and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and get ready to impress everyone while putting in minimal effort.
Pesto is a staple in several Weelicious recipes like Caprese Wraps and Turkey Pesto Meatballs. I also love using it as a base on pizza sometimes instead of tomato sauce like in this Two Cheese Pesto Pizza recipe. Pesto is so easy to make that it’s one of my favorite recipes to experiment with. I’ve made so many different kinds of pesto like Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto, Kale Pesto and Pistachio Pesto to name a few!
Homemade pesto freezes really well which is the best! This way you get to have it on hand any time of year, whether fresh basil is in season or not. Just pop a few tablespoons into freeze or ice cube trays, so you have them at the ready!
What’s your favorite way to use pesto? Pasta, pizza, salad or something else? Tag me on social media if you make this recipe and let me know!
Hemp Seed Pesto
- 3 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup parmesan or vegan cheese, if desired
- Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until desired texture.
2. Serve tossed with pasta or over avocado toast.