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Keto Basil Pesto

The best keto basil pesto. Packed with loads of fresh basil goodness this is a tasty easy keto recipe that you are going to love.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time: 4 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Course: Dips and Spreads, sides
Cuisine: Australian
Diet: Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 6 people
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Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts (30g)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed (60g)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil (60g)
  • 0.25 cup parmesan cheese 25g
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest finely grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Lightly toast pine nuts in a small frying pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to burn. Allow to cool before using.
  • Place basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, lemon zest, and cooled pine nuts into a food processor. Blend until a paste forms. Season with salt and pepper.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Lightly toast pine nuts in a small frying pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to burn. Allow to cool before using.
  • Place basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, lemon zest, and cooled pine nuts into the mixer bowl and chop 10 sec/speed 7. Season with salt and pepper.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS
Swap the pine nuts for macadamias, almond or cashews.
Basil can be swapped for any soft green leafy herbs of vegetables like parsley or kale.
STORAGE
Store in an airtight jar for up to 5 days in the fridge.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Serve as a side or sauce for any protein. Serve with cheese, or vegetables, dips and crackers.
 
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 17mg | Net Carbs: 0g
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