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This delicious no garlic pesto recipe (also no cheese and no pine nuts!) takes all the ingredients that might cause you trouble out, and put nothing but deliciousness in! Goes with any veggies or breads or makes the perfect condiment!
If you’ve followed my gluten free recipes for awhile, you may be surprised to learn that I don’t live exclusively off gluten free baked goods. It’s true: a girl sometimes needs a good pesto recipe to go with her gluten free flatbreads, you know? And this girl needs a no-garlic pesto recipe. Which can be a problem, since traditional pesto recipes contain tanto garlic. And cheese, which is also a no-go for this gluten free girl.
Oh, and did I mention that my hubby has a pine nut “issue”? Pine nuts cause him to have a metallic taste in his mouth — it’s an actual thing. It’s called “Pine Mouth” and according to this Bon Appetit article, it “makes your entire tongue taste like pennies. For weeks.”
I don’t recommend it, so lest I inflict this inhumane punishment on my sweet man (or anyone else for that matter), I also must avoid the other hallmark pesto ingredient: pine nuts.
So what to do when I crave a good pesto, but can’t have garlic, cheese or pine nuts? I did what I always do — I invented my own recipe! (Note that this pesto without garlic recipe is also PALEO friendly and pretty much Low FODMAP – bonus! Choose canned lentils and rinse them well or 1/2 an avocado for lower FODMAP recipe.)
Herbs like fresh basil are the key to making this pesto so full of flavor!
I also added a new healthy ingredient that I’ve been loving in my smoothies lately: MCT oil from organic coconuts. MCTs are medium-chain triglycerides which are easily digested and provide energy and support a healthy metabolism. It also adds to the creaminess of this no-garlic pesto dip. If you don’t have any on-hand though, never fear! Just use more extra virgin olive oil, as noted in my recipe.
Usually when I create these kinds of savory recipes, I don’t even bother sharing them on my blog because my readers don’t seem too interested unless there’s some light and fluffy confection associated with them. (Dessert first, I always say!)
In this case, no sweets or treats, but I can promise you that this pesto without garlic, pine nuts or cheees makes an insanely good topper for my gluten free flatbreads or pitas, and even makes the hands-down best Greek Pizza sauce for your homemade gluten free pizzas.
It’s also amazing on gluten free pasta (think about it slathering all those yummy gluten free raviolis you’re going to be making soon!). It would even be amazing on zucchini noodles (“zoodles”), or as a dip with homemade gluten free crackers. Shall I go on?
I use my Blendtec* Twister Jar to make this pesto not only healthy and oh-so-savory-delicious, but also EASY! The Twister Jar is made just for blending yummy things like nut butters, hummus, and of course, this pesto!
At any rate, I share this recipe now for partly selfish reasons. The recipe is truly so good that I never want to lose it or have to re-invent the no-garlic pesto wheel when I can’t find my notes. Plus I needed to share it with friends who begged for the recipe after tasting it (here ya go, D & J!), so I figured this was the easiest way to share it with them and with you!
Trust me when I say this no-garlic pesto recipe is worth trying, even if you can enjoy garlic or pine nuts or cheese. So raid your neighbor’s garden for a jalapeno (thanks, Ted!) and pick your basil plant clean — this recipe is worth it!
Prepare ingredients by washing and draining, as necessary. Add all ingredients to a Blendtec (high quality blender) Twister Jar or food processor bowl and process for 2 minutes, or until creamy. Alternatively, chop and dice ingredients by hand, stirring to combine until desired smoothness. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I may earn from qualifying purchases.
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Prepare ingredients by washing and draining, as necessary.
Add all ingredients to a Blendtec (high quality blender) Twister Jar or food processor bowl and process for 2 minutes, or until creamy. Alternatively, chop and dice ingredients by hand, stirring to combine until desired smoothness.
Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I may earn from qualifying purchases.
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