Thursday, October 27, 2011

Walnut Pesto Crostini (Oil Free!)

Who would have thought that you have your pesto and eat it too... guilt free!?! There is absolutely no reason why a half cup of a typical pesto sauce should contain a whopping 620 calories and 57g of fat. Pair that with some crispy bread or mix with your favorite pasta and you are easily at 1000 calories.

My walnut-pesto is a refreshing, low-calorie alternative to the oil & cheese laden original, but tastes just as good (if not better!). With less than half the calories and fat per 1/2 cup (295 cal / 23g fat), you can guilelessly sink your teeth into creamy, mouth-watering pesto.


1 cup firmly packed fresh basil (you can also use half basil/half arugula or spinach)
1/3 cup walnuts
1 small lemon, juiced
1 1/2 TB light miso
1 small garlic clove, crushed
2 TB water

Place all ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. If pesto seems too thin, feel free to add more walnuts and basil. If it is too thick, add more lemon juice or water.

Toddler Note: Thin out the pesto even more with some pasta water (water you used to cook your pasta in) and use as a healthy sauce for your child.

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