Basil pumpkin seed pesto

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Lifeforce with lively flavor, basil pumpkin seed pesto is a super easy nutritional powerhouse. You will enjoy it in just a few seconds that’s how much time it takes to make and eat it with bread, pasta, or as a spread. Lovely olive oil extends the pesto’s shelf life for a long time. You will realize this basil pesto tastes even better than authentic Pesto Genovese. Instead of using pine nuts, pumpkin seeds give this pesto a totally unique flavor.

Using honey, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast gives a tangy parmesan taste. All you need is a strong food processor to crush the pumpkin seeds and basil leaves. Try this pesto as a dip for veggies, spread it on pancakes, crackers, as a dip or topping for pizza, spaghetti. Store in the refrigerator for weeks. Enjoy!

Basil pumpkin seed pesto

Sauce Fusion
By Dada Shivananada Serves: 1 cup
Prep Time: 2 min Total Time: 5 min

Pumpkin seeds' are packed with a wide variety of healthy nutrients from magnesium to copper, protein, and zinc. Basil is another anti-aging phenomenon rich in flavonoids protecting the body against free radicals, and essential oils that stop pathogenic bacteria.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves.
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (Or walnuts, cashews, hemp, or pine nuts)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (gives you parmesan cheese flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (give a tangy sharpness)
  • 1/4 ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon unprocessed salt



Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth. This may take a few minutes. Stop to stir the sides, and process again until it reaches your perfect desired smooth texture.

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