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Paleo Hemp Seed Basil Pesto

Paleo Hemp Seed Basil Pesto

I love pesto but really like to change my ingredients around. Heck why not! So, one fine Saturday I headed down to a local raw restaurant, Sun Power Café and jumped in on a really fun and informative class. I learned this paleo hemp seed basil pesto recipe and will share it below. It is EASY! Some of my favorite recipes are easy, fast and delicious. This recipe is all three.

You can really do so much with pesto: add to your stuffing in any hen, add to hot spiralized zucchini “noodles”, dip with your favorite paleo gluten free crackers or even with my Spicy Raw Kale Chips. You name it. Pesto makes anything taste delicious.

The fats in this recipe are incredible and will make your skin shine and your body thrive and can even help balance your hormones. One of the ingredients, hemp seeds, is also one of the plant kingdom’s best sources of easily digestible, high-quality protein. Protein helps build and repair tissue and build lean muscle mass. Unlike soy, hemp does not contain enzyme inhibitors and phytates as I discuss on my FAQ page, so the nutrients in hemp can be easily absorbed by the body.

Eat clean today, move that body, get good vitamins and you will have a terrific day. Enjoy!

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Paleo Hemp Seed Basil Pesto

Paleo Hemp Seed Basil Pesto

  • Author: Tina Turbin


This oh-so-delicious recipe is inspired from Sun Power Cafe, a raw restaurant in L.A. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, and raw. Try it with your favorite gluten-free or grain-free pasta or chips. Yum!


  • 6 cups fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds (soaked for 4 hours)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Blend all ingredients together for 30 to 40 seconds in your high speed blender.
  2. Enjoy!

From my kitchen to yours,

Tina Turbin

If you have any questions or suggestions just email me at Tina (at)

About Tina Turbin

I'm a cookbook-collecting, recipe-developing paleo junkie, and I live in the kitchen. I'm hooked on farmers' markets, traveling, eating healthy, and hiking until my legs scream at me. There's nothing better than hanging out with family and good friends. I have fun and sleeping is just plain boring. Read more About Tina Turbin.

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