Avocado Spinach Pesto – Dairy and Nut Free

I am so excited to share this pesto recipe with you!  With school back in full swing again, it is a constant struggle to make healthy delicious and quick meals that everyone will eat.  This pesto is perfect! It is raw, clean, loaded with heart healthy avocado, garlic and don’t freak out, full of spinach!  And it is dairy and nut free.  I have been trying to use up the last of our summer herbs in ways to make them last a bit longer and with a full plant of basil begging to be picked, pesto was the most logical creation.

All 3 of my kids (who have very different taste buds) love it which is always a huge plus.  We have slathered it on hot crusty bread topped with mozzarella (for my daughter who can eat dairy), tossed it in pasta with chicken and grilled veggies, whipped it into mashed potatoes, put a large spoon full in rice, and just about any other way you can imagine using pesto.  Because all of the ingredients are just thrown into a food processor and blended, I thought it would be a great way to sneak in veggies and anything else to boost the nutrition content for my sugar addicted kids. I love avocados for their amazing omega benefits and their creamy rich consistency.  I used one to takes the place of the nuts and to replace most of the oil that is usually added to fresh pesto.  Then spinach.   I have to beg and plead and bribe my kids just to take one bit which is usually a corner of a leaf before they start gagging and choking.  BUT….they love fresh basil and guess what, they look alot alike don’t they? (The tricks and manipulation of being a mom never ends in this house…)

I have not found a recipe for pesto that doesn’t have dairy OR nuts that can substitute for the real thing in terms of salty, garlicky and richly delicious.  I also wanted something that was a good “go-to” condiment or sauce that I could have hand that would give me a variety of options. You know how kids put ketchup on everything?  I am out to change this. So I have created a nutritious explosive flavor filled pesto!  And I am always looking for a reason to celebrate anything with a glass of wine;)  This recipe deserves an entire bottle of celebration! Omega rich avocados, iron and mineral packed spinach, heart healthy garlic and done in less than 5 minutes by just dumping into a food processor? You can thank me later;)

 

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