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Compliments of Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Flaxseed Pesto

Reprinted with permission from The Amazing Flax Cookbook by Jane
Reinhardt-Martin, RD, LD - available from the author's web site and Amazon

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves


  • Place all ingredients except basil in blender, food processor, or small chopper/grinder.
  • Pureed until paste is formed. Make sure you add basil last, or after you have made a paste to prevent discoloration or darkening of the basil.

Makes ~8 Tbsp.

Use to:

  • increase flavor of any pasta dish, lentil or vegetable soup
  • as a base on pizza dough
  • on baked potatoes instead of butter.

Be creative and see how many ways you can find to increase your flaxseed intake this way!