Toasted Walnut-Basil Pesto

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This homemade toasted walnut-basil pesto is so delicious and easy to make – it’ll beat store-bought pesto any day – and it’s healthy too!

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat boring food. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you most definitely should NOT eat boring food because sooner or later, you’ll get sick and tired of that same ol’ boiled chicken every day…

Which is why garnishing food can make your diet so much more fun and easy. So easy, in fact, you won’t even realize you’re dieting. This time I will share my toasted walnut-basil pesto recipe.

But before we get down to the ingredients and instructions, I would like to point something out.

Many of you might be thinking, how can pesto be good for your diet if it’s full of fats? Because fats are good for you! And yes, you read that correctly.

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The fact that fats make you gain weight is probably one of the biggest weight loss myths out there.

Fats should be an essential part of every person’s diet, and especially women’s, as fats play varying roles in maintaining proper bone, eye, hair, and skin health. A deficiency of healthy fats in your diet can even cause hormonal imbalances! But more about incorporating fats in your diet in a different article. Because fats totally deserve their own article! Now, the pesto recipe.

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1.5 cups of basil leaves
1.5 cups of parsley
¼ cup (about 1.1 oz; 30 g) of toasted walnuts
3 roasted garlic cloves
½ cup (about 3.9 oz; 100 g) of extra virgin olive oil
⅛ cup (about 0.5 oz; 15 g) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


1. Add all ingredients in food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached.


Pesto can be stored in airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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