Move over pine nuts! My Basil Almond Pesto recipe will soon become your favorite.
Every year I plant a garden and every year I get halfway through the summer and decide I don’t have enough basil. This year I decided to remedy that and planted FOUR huge pots of basil. Well, I might have overcompensated because now I’m overgrown. The plants are going crazy and are so pretty and fragrant. But let’s just say I have enough basil for a lifetime.
So, of course, that means it’s time to get creative in the kitchen! First up is homemade PESTO. But not just any pesto… a more economical one. I love pine nuts but those things are pricey! I have a huge stash of almonds in my kitchen for snacks, so I decided to see how the pesto tasted with almonds. The little experiment was a WINNER and this lovely basil Almond Pesto recipe was born.Pesto with ALMONDS? YES!!! Try this 5 Ingredient Almond Basil Pesto from Running in a Skirt #recipe #healthy #healthylivingClick To Tweet
Why you’ll love my Basil Almond Pesto recipe…
This Basil Almond Pesto recipe is fabulous not just because almonds cost less, but they are also a nutritional powerhouse! They are full of protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin E and can even help lower cholesterol levels. They are just about a perfect food.
Putting them in your pesto means your dinner just got that much healthier… YOUR WELCOME. 🙂
This pesto comes together in a flash thanks to a food chopper or food processor. All you do is take your fresh basil, almonds, olive oil, parmesan cheese and garlic and blend until it’s as smooth as you’d like. It freezes well and would be so lovely to have in the winter. You can freeze it in ice cube trays, pop out the cubes and then store it in plastic freezer bags.
The flavor is very similar to traditional pesto with plenty of nutty, basil-y, garlic-y goodness.
I hope you enjoy this Basil Almond Pesto recipe as much as I did! My only problem is I still am running wild with basil… but I guess there are a lot worst problems to have. 🙂
As always I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Try it with…
- Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon
- Pesto Zoodles
- Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp
- Asparagus and Tomato Pesto Tortellini Salad
- 3 Ingredient Healthier Creamy Pesto Pasta
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Pesto with ALMONDS? YES!!! Try this 5 Ingredient Almond Basil Pesto from Running in a Skirt #recipe #healthy #healthylivingClick To Tweet
Use your fresh basil in this perfectly healthy Basil Almond Pesto recipe!
- 3 cups packed basil
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and combine until smooth.
What do you like to eat your pesto with?