Pili Nut Pesto

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Finding Paleo-friendly products was not always an easy task when I decided to change my diet several years ago.  Of course I have always tried my hardest to make everything in my own kitchen. But seeing how 99.9% of my weekly meals are homemade, it is nice to have access to products that make all that weekly meal prepping a much less daunting endeavor. It is also great to find foods that I can throw in my bag in case of a late night at the office, some traveling or when a snacky mood hits.  That’s where Barefoot Provisions comes in.

Barefoot Provisions is an online retailer for all things Paleo/Primal.  The company was started by Hilary, Jason and Marty who realized a lack of access to foods that support a primal way of living was impeding their “hunter-gatherer” way of life.  So they created a place where we can all hunt and gather the most delicious products. I was first introduced to their company in 2014 at Paleo f(x) in Austin Texas.  The had the most amazing booth set up and the most delicious snacks to sample.  It was there that I first met the Pili Nut, which is where this magical recipe began.

pili nut pesto www.anourishedappetite.com

The pili nut is harvested from a species of tropical evergreen trees. Pili trees, or canarium ovatum, are native to Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, and Northern Australia. They are commercially cultivated in the Philippines for their edible nuts. The pili nut has a unique butter like, creamy flavor that will wow your taste buds and leave you wanting more.  Like way more! If I could order these by the barrel I would, and you would too once you try these little slivers of deliciousness.

According to the Barefoot Provisions website……

“Pili nuts provide significant amounts of essential fats, complete protein, vital electrolytes, such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as calcium and phosphorus, which are crucial to the formation and maintenance of bone tissue. Healthy fats support a healthy heart, lower blood cholesterol and help eliminate plaque that builds inside arteries. These pilis are pre-sprouted, which makes them extra-nutritious.” If that doesn’t make you want to chow down on these things, I don’t know what will!

pili nut pesto www.anourishedappetite.com

From the first moment I put those pieces of buttery heaven in my mouth, my life was changed for the better.  Ok, that might be a bit dramatic, but I immediately thought about creating a tasty pesto recipe which definitely has changed my sunny-side up eggs, my lettuce wraps and my Epic Pork Rinds for the better because I have been putting this shit on everything!  Now that this recipe is ready and waiting for you to whip up, your life too will be changed for the better.  You’re welcome!

Pili Nut Pesto
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Serves: 1 cup
  • 2 cup packed organic basil leaves
  • 2 cup packed organic basil leaves
  1. Combine basil, garlic, pili nuts, and cashews in food processor, pulse to chop
  2. Slowly add in oil as food processor blends until you get a creamy, not oily consistency (you may not need the full amount of oil)
  3. Add salt and pepper, pulse
  4. Store in glass, air-tight container in fridge for up to a week. The flavor gets better and better everyday!

To a nourished life,


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