Kale and Almond Pesto

Try this healthy alternative to the traditional pesto - you'll be amazed!
  • By Jacqueline Alwill - The Brown Paper Bag
Ready Time
5 mins
5 mins + soaking time
Serves   4-6
5 mins
Ready Time
5 mins + soaking time

The goodness of whole foods, and sharing simple, nutritious ideas was the inspiration for The Brown Paper Bag.

Jacqueline is passionate about helping others learn to love nutritious food,  be creative and understand how it can provide their body with energy.

“Living optimally is about finding the balance on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level, loving your body and feeling well nourished.”



  • 2 cups firmly packed kale leaves, stalks removed
  • 2 cups lightly packed basil leaves, stalks removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 cup almonds, preferably soaked overnight or for 4 hours if time allows
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon nutrition yeast



  1. Place half the ingredients in the Boss and set to ‘chop’ for 1 minute, using blending wand to move ingredients into the centre.

  2. After 1 minute add in the remaining ingredients and process for a further 2 minutes, once again using the wand to move all ingredients together so a uniform consistency is created. Remove from blender and store in glass jars in the fridge with a drizzle of olive oil over the top to finish.

Note This recipe was made using the Boss.  By soaking your almonds for a few hours or overnight, a substance in the almonds, known as phytic acid, is released which blocks the uptake of many other nutrients. In addition the soaking process activates many of the wonderful nutrients in the almonds. + If you prefer your pesto with a slightly looser consistency add an extra ½ cup olive oil + Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast, which is particularly rich in B vitamins. It has a nutty, cheesy flavor making it a great substitute for many dishes, such as parmesan or ricotta in a traditional pesto blend..



  • Mum Sunday, 13 July 2014

    It's very yummy! I love it!!

  • Breville Food Thinkers Monday, 14 July 2014

    Proud mum? We love it too!

  • Feina Tuesday, 23 December 2014

    'GONNA' TRY IT.soon.

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