Dessert Pesto

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Dessert Pesto

You may be wondering, Why is Savvy Julie eating pesto on a graham cracker? Has she gone nuts?’

If this was traditional pesto, however, I would not be experiencing this delicious, refreshing taste as I eat said pesto + graham cracker. Why? Because it is dessert pesto, silly!

This all came about when I was talking to Dan about my dessert hummus. A slip of the tongue later, the words “dessert pesto” came out of my mouth instead. I laughed it off, but then started thinking… I might actually be onto something!

Dessert Pesto

I was so busy dreaming up this pesto that I missed my turn on yesterday’s bike ride. But it was totally worth it.

Dessert Pesto


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons cashew pieces
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup canola oil


  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a food processor or blender until completely mixed. Add the oil, and blend. Serve and enjoy!

Let’s look at how this compares to regular pesto, shall we?

Traditional Pesto –> Dessert Pesto

Basil –> Mint

Garlic –> Chocolate

Pine Nuts –> Cashews

Cheese –> Cinnamon + Honey

Olive Oil –> Canola Oil

SO. ADDICTING. Looooove the cool minty aftertaste!

Dessert Pesto

Smart Fitness

The winner of the Iron Girl giveaway is…Heather from Side of Sneakers!

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Heather, please send me your mailing information, and I’ll get your prize right out to you!

Smart Life

I’m so excited that Dan has a 3-day weekend for the holiday. We don’t know yet how we are going to celebrate the 4th, but the extra time off will be nice!

What are your plans for July 4?