Basil Pesto is a completely plant based dip that is dairy free and delicious! You will love this fresh and tasty dip that is packed full of goodness. Cashews are versatile and among the healthiest nuts that provide numerous health benefits for your heart, brain, and digestion and absorption.

Cashews contain fibre, copper, zinc, magnesium, are high in protein and healthy unsaturated fats. Many studies link it to reducing the risk of obesity (by prompting weight loss), heart disease, cancers and diabetes.  Cashews also help decrease inflammation that help reduce insulin resistance that leads to diabetes, meaning it can prevent, as well as treat other issues caused by diabetes that include high blood pressure, obesity and other cardiovascular risks.

These nuts contain anacardic acid that is specifically related to glucose transport and control, making cashews very effective in preventing and managing diabetes. Combine it with fresh lemon, garlic, basil and smokey paprika you will enjoy this amazingly simple, healthy and delicious, preservative free basil pesto.


1 cup cashews
¾ cup water
1 tsp salt
1-2 lemons, juiced
1 tsp paprika
1-3 cloves garlic
2 cups roughly chopped fresh basil

Easy Preparation

Step 1
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Per Serving:

  • Energy 385 kJ (92 Cal)
  • Protein 3g (13%)
  • Carbohydrates 3g (17%)
  • Sugars 1g
  • Fat 7g (70%)
  • Fibre 1g
  • Sodium 232mg
  • Calcium 25mg

Serves 10

See also: Basil and Cashew Nut Pesto