Homemade Basil Almond Pesto

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Homemade Basil Almond Pesto

Move over pine nuts!  My Basil Almond Pesto recipe will soon become your favorite.

Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe

Hi guys!

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.

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Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe

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. 🙂

Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe

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.

Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe

The flavor is very similar to traditional pesto with plenty of nutty, basil-y, garlic-y goodness.

Serve it on quinoa, pasta, zoodles, or even as a topping for salmon!  <—this EASY lemon pesto salmon is one you HAVE to try!

Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe

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.

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Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe


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5 from 7 votes
Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe
Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe
Prep Time
10 mins

Use your fresh basil in this perfectly healthy Basil Almond Pesto recipe!

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Basil Almond Pesto recipe
Servings: 4
  • 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
  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and combine until smooth.

Homemade Basil Almond Pesto recipe

Your turn!

What do you like to eat your pesto with?

I’m linking up my Basil Almond Pesto recipe with: Meatless MondayMeatless MondayFull Plate ThursdayFoodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much, ladies for the link up parties!
By | 2019-03-28T16:14:25-04:00 August 8th, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Salads, Side Dishes|14 Comments


  1. Jenine Snarr August 28, 2019 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This turned out great! I added the juice from one lemon, also. Couldn’t have been better!

  2. Anna August 16, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Oh how I love pesto! What a super idea to use almonds instead of pine nuts as I always have almonds on hand. Making pesto is my favorite way to use up basil before it turns black!

  3. Patty August 16, 2018 at 8:57 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Great idea to substitute pine nuts with almonds, that’s a nice change of flavor, I have a bunch of basil that I wanted to pesto, will try your way!

  4. Katie Crenshaw | A Fork's Tale August 16, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I have never used almonds in a pesto before. I have only tried pine nuts and walnuts. This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to give it a try. This will be delicious over a nice piece of salmon.

  5. Amanda August 15, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    LOVE pesto! One of my favorite sauces. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Alexis August 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Oh, I love the nuttiness of almonds. This sounds delicious and I love fresh pesto. I’m going to add this to our meal plan for sure.

  7. Farrah August 12, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I love love love pesto! I really hope I’ll have my own garden someday–that’s awesome that you have 4 pots of basil! 😀 Can’t wait to try this out! Almonds are way more affordable than pine nuts! 😛

  8. Lorie August 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Haven’t tried an almond pesto yet but I have everything I need for this. Can’t wait!!!

  9. [email protected] August 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I love how versatile Pesto is, change the nuts, herbs.. possibilities are endless. I like to smother roasted eggplant in pesto.

  10. Alisa Fleming August 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I love seeing different pesto variations! This could be my next one to try since it seems like almonds are also the least expensive nut these days.

  11. Lisa Ballantyne August 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Looks amazing Julie!

  12. Ana Alarcon August 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Sounds super yum! have you tried it with vegan cheese? wondering which brand would work best.

  13. Rachel August 8, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I LOVE pesto. My boyfriend is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, so we can’t use store-bought pesto (I haven’t found a nut-free one that tastes good yet). But making your own pesto is soooo simple. I always just find a recipe online and leave out the nuts. I’ll have to try this one!

  14. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real August 8, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I wanted to make homemade pesto this summer but then my basil plant died 🙁 Definitely book marking this for when I get a new one!!

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