Mmmm…. Pesto! Definitely one of my favorite sauces to use on pasta, besides this vegan cheese sauce! One thing I do not like about pesto, however, is all the oil you have to use for the sauce. So I decided to just leave out the oil and replace it with extra nuts and water, just to see what it would taste like. Well, it was delicious! The flavors are a little more subtle, and the lemon is more pronounced than traditional pesto sauce, but it is also creamier than traditional basil sauce and so much healthier! I will never use oil in my pesto again!
Creamy Oil Free Pesto
Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Raw
Makes enough sauce for one pound of pasta
1/3 cup raw pine nuts
1/3 cup raw hemp seeds
Juice from two lemons
Large handful or two of basil (I prefer two, but I really like a strong basil taste!)
small handful of mint (optional)
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon balsalmic vinegar
2/3 cup water
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Use on your favorite pasta or as a dressing on a salad. If you want to use it as a spread for sandwiches or wraps reduce the amount of water. Start with 1/3 cup of water and add 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
Note: This sauce works best when blended in a high-speed blender such as a vitamix. If you use a regular blender it will probably not be as creamy but it will still taste good!
Another Note: The lemon is really strong in this sauce. I really enjoy it but if want a less lemony tasting sauce just use the juice from one lemon.