Just because you are allergic to nuts, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy pesto, this recipe features a super tasty replacement for traditional pine nuts, and it is totally plant-based.
How says you can't have pesto without nuts? Well, this recipe does without nuts and it can be used on your pasta, on your pizza dough for quick focaccia, on your veggies, baked potatoes, or even bruschettas!
How to make pesto without nuts and dairy-free
- ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 cups basil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- optional: a few spinach leaves
- Use a bowl and a food processor to blend all the ingredients together until you get a creamy paste, adjust salt if you want to, I usually don't add any salt to my meals.
Benefits of sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds are a natural immunity booster, because of their vitamin E, zinc, and selenium content. As sunflower seeds also contain fiber, they are creat to reduce cholesterol in the blood, it is said to reduce the risk of cancer and have protective properties for your heart health. Sunflower seeds are also a good source of iron, so they help treat ane3amia and they have also antibacterial properties, which help flush out toxins from your body.
Now go indulge in this creamy, nutritious pesto!