Recipe: How to make hemp pesto

Time for another quick and easy hemp recipe. Our basil and hemp pesto takes only 5 minutes to make, is gluten free and tastes delicious.

Tools & ingredients

  • Blender or food processor
  • 40 grams of fresh basil leaves
  • 40 grams of Parmesan cheese
  • 40 grams of pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 50 millilitres of olive oil (preferably extra virgin)
  • 50 millilitres of hemp seed oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Recipe Yield (Servings)

    • 4
  • Preparation time (minutes)

    • 5
  • Cooking time (minutes)

    • 5
  • Total time (minutes)

    • 10


4 steps to make hemp pesto

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add more oil if you prefer a more liquid consistency, or less if you don’t.
  4. Season the pesto as you wish (more or less salt, perhaps some pepper).

Enjoy your home made hemp pesto on bread, with pasta or as a pizza topping – bon appétit!

Delicious! How did you do? Any tips or suggestions, tell us below!


2 thoughts on “Recipe: How to make hemp pesto”

  1. hey Loving these recipes however hemp pesto is neither vegan or vegetarian. Parmesan is not a vegetarian cheese, it is made with meat products, I know weird right….so I am going to make this without the cheese, thanks for the inspiration

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi Michele,

      You are, of course, correct – thank you for pointing this out! This page has recently been updated, and the previous version was a vegan recipe. It is possible to make a delicious vegan version of this pesto using tamari to achieve the salty, savory flavour.

      With best wishes,


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