This easy and quick to make AIP basil pesto will perfectly accompany your grain free pasta, zucchini noodles, salad or grilled meat. However you use it, it will bring delicious flavors and a nice freshness to your dish.
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If you have browsed my recipes, you might have come across my vegan parsley pesto recipe. So you are probably wondering why I just didn't say in my previous recipe that you could use basil instead of parsley. Except it is not exactly the same recipe. The main reason for this, is that, once again I wanted to make this pesto AIP compliant. And when I substitute the almond flour from my parsley pesto recipe with tigernut flour, it just doesn't work. Parsley and tigernut kind of bring out a very acidic taste that I personally don't like (but feel free to try if you want).
Second question you might ask yourself is why another basil pesto without pine nuts recipe while already so many already exist? Because, from what I have seen, most of the dairy free pesto recipes contain yeast. And if you have been curious enough to have a look at my own personal food intolerance, you know that I can't have yeast. So my challenge was to make this recipe both AIP compliant and yeast free. And here we are. Hope you will enjoy it!
I use this AIP basil pesto to make my delicious French Pistou Soup.
⭐ Why you'll love this recipe
- Yeast free recipe.
- Extremely easy to make.
- 5 ingredients.
- Ready in 5 minutes.
📖 Ingredient notes
- Basil. To make this AIP basil pesto, you will need fresh basil leaves.
- Olive oil. Make sure to use extra virgin olive oil.
- Tigernut flour (or almond flour if you are not on AIP nor nut free). Because tigernut is not a nut but has a nutty flavor, it's the perfect solution for a no nuts pesto recipe. If you've never heard about tigernut flour before, you can read my post What is tigernut flour.
- Garlic clove. If you don't like garlic or can't have it, you can omit it, this basil pesto will still be delicious without it.
For the quantities and complete list of ingredients for this AIP basil pesto recipe, please see the recipe card below.
To make this AIP basil pesto, you will need a blender that will do all the hard work for you.
🔪 Step by step instructions
- Wash and dry the basil leaves
- Place basil, tigernut or almond flour, olive oil, garlic and salt in the blender. Process until smooth and voilà! Bon appétit!
I recommend using a small blender if you follow the quantities indicated here. If you use a large blender, I recommend multiplying the quantities by 2 or 3.
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📋 Recipe / Recette
AIP Basil Pesto
- 1 cup tightly packed (1 tasse) fresh basil leaves (1 bunch)
- 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons tigernut flour (or almond flour if you are not on AIP nor nut free)
- 1 garlic clove small
- Pinch of sea salt
- Wash and dry the basil leaves
- Place basil, tigernut or almond flour, olive oil, garlic and salt in a blender. Process until smooth and voilà!Bon appétit !
I just made a bunch of pesto with fresh basil from our garden. So yummy! How long does this last in the fridge and can it be frozen? Thank you!
Bonjour Christel. Thank you so much for your nice comment! I'm glad you like this pesto. You're super lucky to already have basil from your garden! I would say that this pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours. But just so you know, it tends to blacken a little bit with oxidation, which doesn't alter the taste. So make sure to store it in an air tight container. I haven't tried to freeze it so I can't tell you if it can be frozen. But now that you've asked, I'm curious to know so I might experiment for myself soonish. I will let you know when I have!
I love your Basil Pesto. Today I added some ginger to add some spiciness. It was delicious as the original recipe
Thank you for sharing that you enjoyed it! That makes me so happy ❤️❤️ Great addition by the way!
Lisa Daniel Rollins
Bea, how much pistou does this recipe make? I can't remember....I think it was a small quantity, right?
Bonjour Lisa. Happy new year! I only make this recipe during spring and summer time when I have fresh basil on my balcony so I’m trying to remember correctly. I would say it makes about 3/4 cup of pesto/pistou.