Pesto is delicious when made fresh and perfect as a healthy snack with Superseed Crackers. High in protein, fibre and minerals with a taste of summer. Basil is my preferred herb but can be made with coriander and lime juice for an Asian twist, then topped with cooked prawns or chicken for a delicious fancy canape.

Cashews can be substituted with pine nuts, walnuts or almonds.

Pesto is a sauce originating in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy. It traditionally consists of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, hard cheese such as Parmigiano-Reggiano all blended with olive oil.

I have substituted savoury Nutritional yeast flakes for the parmesan to make it vegan. Savoury yeast flakes are a great way to get that cheese like savoury flavour without using dairy.

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, which means yeast cells are killed during processing and inactive in the final product. Nutritional yeast comes in the form of powder or flakes.

Animal products are complete proteins, meaning they contain all the amino acids. … A person following a vegan or vegetarian diet should eat a varied diet of plant-based foods to get the required range of amino acids. This includes high-protein foods, such as nuts & seeds. Superseed Crackers are a fantastic source of protein, they contain around 20% protein, so 7 crackers will give you approximately 8g of protein.

Nikki Van De Laar

Vegan Basil Pesto

1 cup roasted salted cashews
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove crushed garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup savoury yeast flakes

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 spring onion sliced
1/2 cup fresh parsley
2 cups baby spinach
Pinch sea salt
Ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until well
Serve with your favourite Superseed cracker!
Can substitute 1/3 cup grated parmesan for the savoury yeast
flakes for regular pesto