I love pesto. It’s classic. It’s delicious. It goes with just about anything from pasta to sandwiches. I would slather my own arm in it and eat it if I could. Ok, well that might be a bit much. Anywho, now that I’ve shown you my crazy, let’s move on shall we? Back to the pesto! It’s not like pesto is all that unhealthy, but anytime I have the opportunity to make something healthier or boost it’s nutrition I feel compelled to take it!
This is a healthy spin on the classic basil pesto. I added spinach for a boost of fiber and coconut oil instead of extra virgin olive oil for it’s fat burning properties. I used walnuts because they’re heart healthy; plus they’re cheaper and easier to find than pine nuts. Lastly I added flax seeds which promote weight loss and add a nice nutty flavor to the pesto.
Coconut oil is overwhelming to some people so feel free to go the traditional route and use extra virgin olive oil instead. I personally don’t mine the coconut flavor, depending on what brand you use it can be pretty mild.
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
- ½ c grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cups walnuts
- 4 tbsp flax seeds
- ½ cup coconut oil*
- s&P to taste
- *If coconut is too overwhelming for you, you can use extra virgin olive oil instead.
- This recipe is incredibly easy. Simply dump all ingredients into your blender or food processor )I use a Vitamix) except the oil. Pulse it a few times, then with it running slowly drizzle in the oil until everything starts to pull away from the sides. You may need to scrape down the sides, then give it another go.
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