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Vegan Brazil Nut Pesto

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You may have heard that Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, and although one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is simply tucked inside of a caramely Medjool date, this easy Brazil Nut Pesto is also very high on my list and it’s a great way to incorporate more of these nutrient dense nuts into your diet!

I call this pesto a “blender sauce” because everything just gets added to the blender so it really couldn’t be easier. I mix together all of the usual suspects like fresh basil, lemon, garlic, and then comes the Brazil nuts which work really well in this vegan presto recipe!

The result is a fresh, flavorful, zingy vegan pesto that is as nutrient dense and it is delicious.

I serve this it as a dip, I’ll dollop it onto pizza, toss it with pasta or another favorite: drizzled over warm roasted potatoes with sun-dried tomatoes and vegan parmesan. So delicious, and as you can imagine, incredibly versatile.

I hope you enjoy this easy “blender sauce” recipe!

how to make vegan pesto
Watch me make this pesto here!
how to make vegan pesto

Vegan Brazil Nut Pesto

Nicole Vranjican
I mix together all of the usual suspects like fresh basil, lemon, garlic, and then comes the Brazil Nuts which are work really well in this vegan presto recipe! The result is a fresh, flavorful, zingy vegan pesto that is as nutrient dense and it is delicious.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1.25 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup raw Brazil nuts soaked, see notes below if you're short on time
  • 3 packed cups fresh basil
  • 1/3 packed cup parsley
  • 2 big garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1.25 tsp kosher salt I use Morton's
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • the juice of half of a large lemon
  • 4 tbsp water

Instructions
 

  • Drain the Brazil nuts from the soaking water and place in a blender with the remaining ingredients.
    Blend until nearly but not entirely smooth and add additional lemon and salt as desired.
    Enjoy!

Notes

Don’t have time to soak the Brazil nuts beforehand? No worries! Roughly chop the nuts and cover them with boiling hot water. Rest for 30 minutes and they’ll become soft enough to blend.
Keyword brazil nuts, pesto, Vegan Sauces
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