Vegan Brazil Nut Pesto

When I saw a pesto made using brazil nuts in a Hemsley & Hemsley book, I had to give it a go – and after a few tweaks, and I’m glad I did.

What you need:

  • 3 large handfuls of fresh basil (stalks and all)
  • 20 Brazil nuts (the more nuts you add, the thicker and creamier your pesto will be)
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 cups of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper

It’s really simple:

This one really is the easiest of all. Put everything into a large bowl and mix it with a hand blender until there are no big lumps of brazil nuts or chunks of garlic left.

It takes a little while, I thought I’d finished a few times only to find a brazil nut hiding in the mix, but after a little while you have a smooth thick pesto ready to go with your pasta, candy beetroot quinoa salad, or anything else you like.

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