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    Creamy Kale Pesto

    Creamy Kale Pesto

    Yes, it is happening. Creamy Kale Pesto that is vegan AND nut free!Creamy Kale Pesto

    I bet you’d never guess that I am obsessed with pesto. Probably because 95% of my current recipes and Instagram pictures consist of my breakfast, snacks and desserts. Now don’t get me wrong, those are my bread and butter and the main reason I even have a blog BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t share some of my other recipe creations with you.

    I do have a huge sweet tooth and eat mostly sweet foods over savory always but when it comes to dinner, I need something savory to make me appreciate my nightly dessert even more. This Creamy Kale Pesto wasn’t planned and I didn’t sit in my kitchen brewing up some new ways to make pesto. I was going to bed the other night and had such a craving for it. I only ever eat my Mom’s pesto since I know it’s minimal garlic and it’s not fun when pesto “repeats” on you the rest of the day/night, and I couldn’t remember the last time I ate some.

    Most pestos are filled with cheese, heavy oils and nuts but not this one! It is 100% vegan and nut free. I try to limit my dairy intake when I can and putting cheese in pesto (in my opinion) is a huge waste. I’d prefer to put dairy on my pizza or make a goat cheese omelette when I am eating dairy. So instead I used nutritional yeast.

    The nut free aspect doesn’t make a difference to me (obviously since I eat more nut butter than I care to share) but my brother is highly allergic so I always love to make things for him to have too. So instead of pine nuts or walnuts I used hemp seeds.

    I also decided to use kale instead of basil or spinach because I don’t eat enough kale (shh don’t tell) and I want to find more ways to incorporate it into my diet. I can’t drink green juice and drink green smoothies (yet) so until the day comes when I crave greens, I need to find more ways to fuel my body with them.

    Creamy Kale Pesto

    You may notice that I use my Magic NutriBullet for most of my recipes but for my Creamy Kale Pesto, I broke out our new Food Processor (clap clap clap). We got this so long ago when we first got engaged and have yet to use it. I am some what petrified of a Food Processor ever since I processed my Mom’s wooden spoon in one (sorry Mom), but I felt this was the recipe to finally use it instead of my Magic NutriBullet.

    Creamy Kale Pesto

    Now let’s get to the Creamy Kale Pesto

    Creamy Kale Pesto

    Prep Time 10 mins
    Total Time 10 mins
    Yields 2-3

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups of organic kale (packed)
    • 1/4 cup of hemp seeds (or any nut)
    • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
    • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or avocado!)
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 1/2 of lemon (juiced)

    Directions

    1. Place all ingredients in your food processor
    2. Pulse until blend to a creamy pesto consistency
    3. Keep in fridge and enjoy for up to 5 days or freeze

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    xx, Rach

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    3 Comments

  • Reply Christina October 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    GIIIRRLLLL yeeeees. I love love love pesto this looks amazing

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    • Reply Rachel October 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you chica!! It is seeriously so easy to make and you can spread it on anything!!!

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  • Reply 6 Things I'm Loving Lately - 4/1/16 - rachLmansfield April 1, 2016 at 7:01 am

    […] favorite. We also loved their pizza crusts and pastas. The fettuccine is unreal. I add my homemade kale pesto to it and it was delicious! You can order online or I found some stuff at my local Whole […]

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