Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)Hey guys! Shit. I have had the BUSIEST week—and today is no exception. You know those weeks where you feel like you’re constantly working and running around but the to-do list just never gets shorter? That’s where I am. In part, I think I’m subconsciously creating unnecessary tasks for myself in order to avoid doing my taxes, but regardless, I apologize for not posting a workout this week. I have a bunch in the queue but haven’t had the time to shoot and write them up into a blog post. In the meantime, you could browse through the archives and try out an old one—I’d love to hear what some of your blast-from-the-past favorites are!

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Since I hate having total radio silence on the blog during the week, I wanted to throw up a quick (delicious!) recipe post before I get back to avoiding my taxes. I’ve been experimenting with a dairy-free cauliflower crust pesto pizza recipe, and while the flavors are all spot on, I still need to tweak the crust texture. Full recipe will be up when I nail that part, but in the meantime, this lemon hemp seed pesto is a light, refreshing and dairy-free take on traditional pesto sauce. Perfect for pastas, spaghetti squash, sandwich spreads and, of course, pizza!

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 2/3 cup (roughly)

Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)

A light, refreshing, dairy-free pesto sauce made with a hint of lemon and hemp seeds.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup packed basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ c extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp packed parsley

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a food processor. Pulse and process until smooth.
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Lemon Hemp Seed Pesto Sauce (Dairy-Free)I love the nutty flavor of hemp seeds (I eat them by the spoonful sometimes…kind of weird), and think they’re a great compliment to the pine nuts. I also think it’s crazy how omitting the cheese that’s usually in traditional pesto sauce makes little to no difference in the flavor—for me, there’s now no reason to ever not use dairy-free pesto.

Enjoy! I’m off to continue not doing my taxes…

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Vanilla Honey Almond Butter

Vanilla Honey Almond ButterI used to be a nut butter addict—a jar would last maaaaaybe a week in my apartment. I’d eat that sh*t with a spoon I loved it so much. But, as I have a tendency to do with foods I love, I overdid it and got sick of it. It’s been months since I’ve bought or eaten almond butter. That just ain’t right.

Last week I decided to experiment with homemade almond butter and HAH-LO! Welcome back to my daily diet, AlButt. This is so delicious. I’ve been slathering it on gluten-free toast with banana slices like a fiend—can’t stop, won’t stop.

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Vanilla Honey Almond Butter

Yield: roughly 1 cup

Vanilla Honey Almond Butter

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Spread the almonds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Roast at 300 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
  2. Dump almonds in a food processor. Let the processor do its thing until the almonds have released their oils and become a smooth butter consistency. They’ll go through different stages—crumbs to clumpy wet sand to finally smooth. It only took about 5 minutes in my food processor, but it can take up to 10-12 mins. Scrape sides of food processor as necessary.
  3. Once you have the almond butter consistency you desire, stir in the other ingredients with a spoon. Don’t use the food processor for this part—the honey will cause it to clump back up.

Notes

Store in a mason jar or other airtight container. You can refrigerate, but since this doesn’t yield a ton of almond butter (about ¾-1 cup), it’s also fine to store in the pantry (trust me, you’ll eat it all before it can go bad).

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It’s finger-dipping worthy, my friends.

Vanilla Honey Almond Butter

What’s your favorite nut butter? Do you ever make your own?

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Simple Butternut Squash Hummus

Butternut Squash HummusSo I actually made this hummus way back on Thanksgiving, but wanted to hold off on posting it so that you wouldn’t go into hummus recipe overload. When I made it, I was shooting for a simple, almost plain (but good, of course) taste to balance out the sweet flavor of my sweet potato hummus and the tart flavor of my apple pie hummus. I was serving up a fall hummus trio as an appetizer and wanted them to have distinct flavors.Butternut Squash Hummus

This butternut squash hummus was great for veggie dipping, but even better when spread on a sandwich with cranberry sauce and other Thanksgiving leftovers. So. Good.

Simple Butternut Squash Hummus

Yield: 2 cups

Simple Butternut Squash Hummus

A simple hummus with butternut squash. Perfect as a dip or to add texture to sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash (about ½ a large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 1 15oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and dried
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil the butternut squash chunks for 8-10 minutes (or until soft). Drain.
  2. Put all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve as a dip for veggies and pita chips or spread on a sandwich or wrap to add the perfect texture.
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Butternut Squash Hummus

Ok I’m officially banning myself from posting any more hummus recipes for at least six months. What kind of food do you guys want to see on here? I love a kitchen challenge!

And before I sign off for today, I just wanted to give a friendly reminder that there’s still time to vote for your favorite look in the OnlineShoes & Asics styling contest. I’m in second place right now—eeeek! :)

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