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Spinach & Tigernut Pesto (gluten/dairy free, AIP/paleo)

Here’s a refreshing and delicious twist on traditional basil based pesto! But don’t be fooled by the unique and different ingredients, this is still a very true, garlicky and cheesy tasting pesto. 

Enjoy over an AIP friendly noodle, like sweet potato noodles, spiralized veggies, or spaghetti squash, use over proteins like chicken, steak, salmon, or shrimp, or even use it as a dip!


This recipe is nutrient dense, Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) friendly, lower carb, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free, paleo, primal, Whole30 compliant, & keto friendly!

What Makes this High-Vibing Food?

  • First and foremost, putting your own love, gratitude, time and energy into making foods at home will automatically raise the vibration of the foods/meal. This will also help to balance your sacral and heart chakras. Putting your love into the food you prepare will literally raise the vibrational frequency as love is the highest vibration out there!

  • You are what you eat and what your food eats. Using organic, GMO free, free/pasture raised, wild caught, minimally processed ingredients lead to an overall higher vibrational frequency. Basically, eating organic provides us extra energy currency!

  • Contains iron, which is supportive for your root chakra.

  • Contains yellow/tan/golden colored foods, which help raise the body’s frequency to that of the solar plexus, helping to balance it.

  • Contains leafy greens, which are especially supportive to the heart chakra as they contain life force, layers and depth.

  • Contains raw veggies, which are especially balancing to the heart chakra as they contain balancing cooling properties.

  • Contains green colored foods, which support and balance the heart chakra.

  • This is a sauce recipe, linking earth and water elements, while also connecting the other chakras together with the throat chakra.

A Short Note on Swaps or Ingredients:

*While I cannot guarantee that using these swaps will yield the same flavors I have create in this recipe, these swaps should generally work well! *

  • Tigernut flour is a nut free flour alternative and is safe for those with nut allergies or those in the strict phase of the AIP. Feel free to use another nut flour, like almond flour, in its place if you’re not sensitive.

  • Nutritional yeast are flakes of yeast that have a very cheesy like taste and is full of B vitamins. It is a great non dairy alternative to add a cherry taste to any dish!

Equipment Needed to Create this Recipe:

  • high-powered, professional grade blender

  • tamper or silicon spatula

  • measuring cups/spoons


Spinach & Tigernut Pesto

(dairy free & AIP/paleo)

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: none Yield: 1.5-2 cups


  • 1 gigantic handful of organic spinach

  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. tigernut flour

  • 4 big garlic cloves

  • Juice of ½ a lemon

  • 1-1.5 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt

  • ¼ -½ cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (use enough to get your desired consistency of pesto)

  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional, but highly recommended for a cheesy flavor)

How to Create this Recipe:

  1. Put all of the ingredients into your high-powered blender (I use my Vitamix) and blend on the medium-low setting, using the tamper to make sure all the ingredients get incorporated. 

  2. Then, blend on medium-high until its blended thoroughly! It should be smooth and creamy in texture.

  3. Scrap all of the contents into a glass jar or container, storing in your fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

  4. Enjoy!!



Serving Size: 1 tbsp. (based off of 32 servings total)

Calories: 38

Fat: 4 g

Carbs: 1 g

Protein: 0 g

*All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.


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