Hemp seeds are a little super food. They are a complete protein and are full of essential healthy fats which, among many other functions, help to balance hormones and improve brain function. So, by making pesto using hemp seeds, you get more of what is good for you in your diet.
100 g basil leaves
A handful of flat leaf parsley
5 garlic cloves
40 g shelled hemp seeds
20 g pine nuts
Juice of ½ lemon
50 ml olive oil
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
Put the basil, parsley, garlic, hemp seeds, salt, pepper and pine nuts into a food processor and whizz up till blended.
With the processor still on, pour the olive oil in a steady stream to achieve a dropping consistency.
Check the taste and consistency and add a little more olive oil if required.
Put into a glass or ceramic jar and cover with a thin layer of oil (this helps to protect the pesto from oxidation) and store in the fridge.
* Use within 2 weeks.