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Hemp Seed Pesto Recipe

Hemp Seed Pesto, a nut-free pesto using hemp seeds instead of pine nuts. Only 7 ingredients and 5 minutes!
5 star (1 rating)


  • 2 cups basil
  • cup hemp seeds
  • 2 whole garlic cloves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cup cheese, or nutritional yeast
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional: squeeze of fresh lemon juice


  • Wash and prep the basil: First, gently clean any dirt from the basil by running under cold water. You can do this up to 4 days in advance and then store in a wet paper towel in a zip lock bag in your refrigerator. Dry the basil by laying it flat and pressing it between two kitchen towels or using a salad spinner.
  • Blend the greens, hemp seeds, garlic, and oil: Next, add the basil, hemp seeds, and garlic cloves to a food processor and pulse. As you're pulsing the ingredients, drizzle in olive oil and continue to pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped and coated in oil.
  • Add cheese, spices, and lemon juice: Finally, add in the remaining ingredients and taste. Adjust any seasonings as needed to meet your preferences.


  • Make it vegan: Make this pesto recipe vegan by using dairy-free parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast.
  • Tools needed: food processor or blender, knife set, cutting board
  • Prep ahead: Make this simple pesto up to 2-3 days before serving, or freeze until ready to use.
  • Leftovers and storage: Leftover pesto should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, and in the freezer for up to 2 months (possibly longer).
  • Nutrition notes: This recipe made as written (with vegan cheese and hemp seeds) is plant-based, gluten-free, and nut-free. It is a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 126kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 23mg, Potassium: 16mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 271IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg