This vegan and dairy-free Avocado Basil Pesto is full of flavor. You have the same unique rich flavor of basil with just a nice creamy base provided by avocado. You can add this delicious pesto on any pasta raw or cooked, or as a condiment on almost everything.
Basil destroys microbes found in or on your green leafy vegetables. That’s why it’s a recommended addition to green salads.
Moreover, this plant comes complete in magnesium, vitamin A, and few other nutrients, providing cell walls protection from free radical damage. It also prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the bloodstream, improving the blood flow, and preventing formation of cholesterol buildups in the walls of blood vessels (preventing atherosclerosis and a heart attack).
The fact that basil is abundant in magnesium makes it highly beneficial for promoting the cardiovascular health by relaxing the muscles and the blood vessels. It also improves the blood flow and thus reduces the risk of irregular heart rhythms and cardiovascular spasms.
Now we will move on to the recipe. This simple Basil Pesto recipe is both raw and vegan, but it is very tasty and can keep you satiated for a long time.
Creamy Vegan Pesto Sauce
– 10-12 large leaves of fresh basil
– A small pinch of chili spice
– Salt and pepper to taste
– One avocado
– Two cloves of garlic
– Juice from three to four big lemon slices
– One to two cups of cooked organic rice pasta (or spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, etc.)
– One tablespoon of coconut oil
– Sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Cut the avocados and scoop out the insides into a bowl. Then, Mash the avocado up.
2. Wash and chop the basil leaves.
3. Add the mashed avocado, basil, and lemon juice to a blender and blend until smooth.
4. Peel and finely chop or the garlic cloves
5. Add the coconut oil in a medium frying pan and heat it up on medium heat.
6. Sauté the garlic in the coconut oil.
7. After that, add the avocado-basil-lemon mixture to the pan and reduce the heat.
8. Add the chili, salt, pepper and chili powder, and mix evenly.
9. You can serve the sauce with pasta of your choice or anything else (examples: as a condiment on sandwiches, as a dip). The amount in this recipe should be enough for a few cups of cooked pasta.