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Pesto without nuts?

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What can I substitute for the nuts in pesto? I usually use walnuts (I am allergic to pine nuts) but want my toddler to be able to eat it and he has not yet been exposed to nuts.

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  1. I admit that I am totally ignorant when it comes to kids and food, but why not use walnuts? They are blended into the pesto, so they shouldn't be too noticeable. Are you concerned that your child will be allergic?

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    1. re: redglass

      Yes, I am worried that he will be allergic and he is not yet old enough for me to safely introduce nuts into his diet. Allergies are common in my family and I am allergic to peanuts.

      Thanks all for the suggestions.

    2. You can make it as usual, just use a nuttier tasting cheese like asiago. Pesto is often made without nuts. And if your little one is anything like mine, he'll love it.

      1. k
        King of Northern Blvd.

        Why don't you take alittle out before you add nuts....Toddler won't know the difference.....

        1. You could toast some breadcrumbs and add those instead for a "nutty" note.