Monday 25 August 2014

Pesto Cannellini Bean Houmous

Pesto Cannellini Bean Houmous - vegan, gluten-free and soy-free
I really can't believe I haven't thought of this before - combining my two most favourite foods, pesto and houmous, into one! I was inspired by this Bean and Pesto Mash on BBC Good Food which was just a can of beans mashed with some store bought pesto and a little olive oil. For my version here I've used my pesto recipe and added some of my homemade vegan parmesan
Pesto Cannellini Bean Houmous - vegan, gluten-free and soy-free
Further I wanted a really super smooth and creamy spread as opposed to a chunky mash so I threw everything into my Froothie Optimum 9400 blender which did an amazing job! It's absolutely silky smooth and I didn't even have to make the pesto first, just threw all the ingredients in and blended :-)
Pesto Cannellini Bean Houmous - vegan, gluten-free and soy-free
We've been loving this as a late night snack with some vegan butter grilled french bread slices but it would also make an excellent sandwich spread, filling for wraps with some roasted veggies or as a dip with crudites. 

Note that I would recommend omitting the water if you will be using this primarily as a sandwich spread so that it is thicker.
Pesto Cannellini Bean Houmous - vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

Pesto and Cannellini Bean Houmous

1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (about 215g drained weight)
50g/ 2 cups packed fresh basil, washed (remove thicker stems)
2 cloves garlic
25g/2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
60 ml/ ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp salt 
about 9 grinds freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup/ 4 Tbsp vegan parmesan* recipe below
1 Tbsp water to thin if needed 

Add everything to your blender in the order given. For my Froothie Optimum 9400 I used the tamper tool to mix as it blended. Start on low and turn up to medium-high speed. Blend until super smooth and bright green. 

Vegan Parmesan: (makes the 1/4 cup you need)

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, finely ground in either a blender or a mortar and pestle
2 Tbsp ground almonds (almond meal)
¼ tsp salt

Pesto Cannellini Bean Houmous - vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

Butter Grilled French Bread:

Slice a baguette in diagonal slices. Spread with vegan butter on both sides and fry in a grill pan until golden both sides.

Pesto Cannellini Bean Houmous - vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

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Nutritional Information: per 100g

Calories: 245
Protein: 6.6g
Fibre: 4.8g
Carbs: 11g
Sugar: 2.0g
Fat: 20.8g
Sat Fat: 2.6g
Sodium: 410mg

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  1. This looks SO smooth! The Froothie blender really is pretty magical isn't it?!
    I've added basil to hummus before but not all the ingredients for pesto.

  2. Love, love love this! I grow lots of basil every year & freeze mounds of my own pesto and you're right, it is delicious mixed with houmous.
    Janie x

  3. Fab idea Debbie and look how smooth it is. Just wonderful!

  4. oh it looks awesome, what a beautiful colour!

  5. Thanks so much for the comments!


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