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3 Easy Pesto Recipes

3 easy pesto recipes

Making my own pesto was always something I thought of a task, especially when I could buy a range of options in jars cutting cost and time... however I have since come to realise this is all incorrect!

Nothing beats the taste or smell of fresh pesto whipped up in your kitchen. In terms of time and cost, it takes minutes to prepare and can be far cheaper when making in batches. 

I've popped together some of my absolute favourite and no-fuss recipes for you to try at home. Whether you're dipping your carrots, coating your veggies or twirling it in your tagliatelle, you need to give these a go. 

Method of cooking:

All these pestos can be eaten raw, slow roasted or added to your pasta dish in the last 5 minutes. It all depends how you like it.

avocado pesto recipe

Avocado & Pine Nut Pesto 

Ingredients:

1 Avocado (I used a gem avocado)
2 cloves garlic
1 cup basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4, cup olive oil
Pinch of olive oil

 

spinach pesto vegan recipe

Creamy Spinach Pesto

Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach 

1 cup fresh basil 

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup cashew nuts (soaked or raw)

1/2 lemon squeezed 

1/4 cup olive oil

large pinch salt

1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

 

easy pine nut pesto recipe

Classic Pine Nut

Ingredients:

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 cup fresh basil 

1/4 cup good quality olive oil

1/2 squeezed fresh lemon 

1 large clove smoked garlic

Large pinch salt

2 tbsp nutritional yeast 

 

 


As always, I love seeing your recreations on social media, so please be sure to tag me in any photos to take of your food! 

Maybe you have a favourite pesto recipe, or a top tip to share... let me know in the comments! 

 

 

 

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Only 5 Ingredient Oat Cookies – New Plant Based Recipe

easy vegan oat cookies

I've finally cracked an easy oat cookie recipe for all of you 'non-bakers' like myself

Behold the 5 ingredient oat cookie

vegan oat cookie recipe only 5 ingredients

The Low Down

If like me you absolutely love sweet treats and desserts you need this 5 ingredient cookie recipe in your life!

They take 5 minutes to throw together and only 10 minutes in the oven and you have a delicious dunkable oat biscuit / cookie / florentine.

My Attempt at a Bake Off Themed Tutorial

I may be missing Mary Berry *sobs gently at the good old days* but I find watching tutorials shows how easy they are to make. I’m not a very good baker, but these seem to work every time and are the perfect cookies to enjoy with a cup of coffee with friends.

Watch my YouTube Tutorial Here 

vegan oat cookies recipe

What’s In Them?

The recipe changes every time I make these depending on what I have in my cupboards with sometimes the addition of sesame seeds, chia seeds or nuts. But I wanted to make the base ingredients, something that you will most likely have in your pantry - or for all you apartment renters out there *holla* your 'cupboards'.

Here is the most basic recipe, which hopefully the ingredients will be in your cupboards. If you’re feeling extra sassy why not try adding any of the above!

five ingredient oat cookiesIngredients

2 Cups Gluten Free Oats

¼ Maple Syrup / Date Syrup or Honey (if you’re not vegan)

½ Cup Melted Coconut Oil

1 tsp Vanilla Paste

vegan 5 ingredient oat cookieMethod

Preheat the oven to 160˚C

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl

Melt the coconut oil in a smaller bowl then add the vanilla paste and maple syrup (it’s best to add the vanilla paste at the end as you don’t want to burn it)

Pour the wet into the dry and get in there with your hands, making sure all the oats are covered

Lightly grease a baking tray and making rough thin cookie at around 6 cm wide

*Don’t worry if the mixture isn’t sticking together, once baked they harden and make a delicious thin snap cookie*

Bake in the oven for around 8 minutes, remove and allow to cool, to make sure they harden

Make a large cup of earl grey tea, and enjoy

vegan oat cookies only 5 ingredient

Feeling inspired? 

Take a look at my vegan banana and chocolate bread.

Banana and chocolate bread