Chocolate Pesto!

by Shaa Taylor on June 24, 2020

At a dinner party once, an angel in the guise of a man, appeared bearing a gift from the Gods…. he held out a bowl of Chocolate Pesto. Yes, you heard me – Chocolate Pesto! Mmmm!! The cacao adds such a yummy richness and warmth to traditional pesto. The nutty spiciness of cacao marries particularly well with the flavours of basil, pine nuts and parmesan… It inspired me to add our Sacred Earth Medicine Ceremonial Cacao to Willie Harcourt Cooze’s recipe; It’s so good, you gotta try it for yourself...


  • 80 g fresh basil leaves
  • 30 g parmesan cheese (replace with cashews for a vegan option)
  • 30 g pine nuts
  • 15 g Sacred Earth Medicine Ceremonial Cacao, finely grated
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • pinch of salt


Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and whizz to a coarse paste. The pesto will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. Or can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Full of Flavour!

We love tossing this pesto through a bowl of freshly cooked pasta (especially the fresh gluten free pasta from our local farmer’s market – Ooh yeah!) Willie recommends using it as a topping to a warm chicken salad (he isn't vegan!). Either way you have a quick n easy but flavoursome dinner.

Be careful, it’s ridiculously moreish!


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