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8 INGREDIENTS4 STEPS10MIN

Vegan Basil Pesto

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Hey there! I'm Nevine; Nutrition Coach, twin mom, infertility survivor, wannabe writer, and lover of everything kitchen-related (including the occasional sugar-laden donut).
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This is not an authentic basil pesto recipe. I repeat, this is NOT an authentic basil pesto recipe. But it’s a pretty nice alternative if you’re one of those people who a) Likes pesto, b) Wants to make homemade presto, c) Thinks that pine nuts are insanely expensive and (forgive the pun) you have to be a nut to buy them if you live in Egypt, d) You don’t like cheese/are dairy intolerant e) Avoid pesto because of all that oil and f) You’re me.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
1
Serves 1
1/2 cup
2 cloves
1
Lime , juiced
1/4 cup
to taste
Salt and Pepper
to taste
Water

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
982
FAT
93.9 g
PROTEIN
17.5 g
CARBS
28.7 g

Author's Notes

You could also add a bit of milk or cream to it and turn it into a creamy, pesto-ey pasta sauce.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Blanch basil by putting Fresh Basil Leaf (2 cup) in boiling water for 10 seconds then plunging it into ice cold water.
Step 2
Give Almonds (1/2 cup) a quick blitz in your food processor. Now add the Garlic (2 clove), Salt and Pepper (to taste), Granulated Sugar (1 teaspoon) and Lime (1). Pulse just enough to mix them.
Step 3
Add the basil and get your oil ready. Start blitzing the mixture while slowly adding the Olive Oil (1/4 cup) through the top opening until everything is incorporated. Continue with Water (to taste) to get the desired consistency.
Step 4
Freeze into ice cube trays or cupcake molds (perfect one portion size) and then pop them out and put in a freezer bag. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
982
% Daily Value*
Fat
93.9 g
120%
Saturated Fat
11.0 g
55%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
--
--
Carbohydrates
28.7 g
10%
Fiber
10.8 g
39%
Sugars
8.1 g
--
Protein
17.5 g
35%
Sodium
4.5 mg
0%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
268.7 mg
21%
Iron
3.8 mg
21%
Potassium
689.9 mg
15%
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