Hemp Seed Pesto that Suits Almost Any Diet, from Raw Vegan to Paleo


I discovered this simple recipe for hemp seed pesto in the Raw Power newsletter, and Thor (I love that the founder of Raw Power is named Thor!) welcomed us to share it with you. It’s the perfect sauce or condiment for spring.

Hemp Seed Pesto Recipe that Suits Almost Any Diet, from Raw Vegan to Paleo. Also nut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free.

Last year I was introduced to Raw Power Protein Superfood, but the company has quickly expanded beyond their own product line. They have recently introduced the Raw Power Super Store with over 500 raw food products.

Thor is a big supporter of dairy-free and raw food diets, and had the following to say:

I Am Grateful is a great book, put together by the folks at Cafe Gratitude. Lots of REAL, tried and true recipes. I chose this as recipe of the month for our newsletter because we think this is a fresh way to use nutritious and delicious hemp seeds. Yummy on salad greens, stuffed in veggies cut paper-thin to make rawviolis, or atop zucchini noodles.

Hemp Seed Pesto Recipe that Suits Almost Any Diet, from Raw Vegan to Paleo. Also nut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free.

Special Diet Notes: Hemp Seed Pesto

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.

Hemp Seed Pesto
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This is a sample recipe from the book, I Am Grateful: Recipes & Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1½ to 2 cups
  • 3 bunches basil, stems removed
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
  1. Put the basil, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and sea salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade. Pulse and scrape down sides of bowl until all the ingredients have reached a pretty smooth texture.
  2. With the motor running, add the hemp seeds. Process until smooth, or leave it a little chunky if desired.
  3. Store leftovers in an in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Almond Butter Pesto Option: If you don't have hemp seeds handy, you can substitute ¼ cup raw almond butter for the hemp seeds.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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