Cashew Hemp Basil Pesto


Some things in life are worth holding on to, and that includes a good pesto recipe. Our version of basil pesto doesn’t require any complicated ingredients, just wholefoods pantry staples and a whole lot of love.

  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 1 ½ cups
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: none


  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • ¼ cup activated cashews
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 pinch unrefined sea salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)


  1. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor. If using a mortar and pestle, grind the basil, garlic, cashews, hemp seeds, salt, and pepper to form a paste.
  2. Add the oil and lemon juice at the end and mix. If you’d like a cheesier flavor, add nutritional yeast.
  3. Store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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