Basil Almond Pesto + Froothie Optimum G2.1 Platinum Blender Review

Basil Almond Pesto

This recipe for Basil Almond Pesto is screaming Herbs, Almonds & Olives.  Make your own delicious Pesto Sauce in just 10 Minutes and use them in Pasta, Pizza, Sandwiches or just go wild with your imagination.

It is a picture heavy Post!

Hailing from India,we are used to grinding Spices, Chutneys, and Lentil Batter regularly. Each of them has a particular consistency varying from coarse,sand-like to smooth. Locally sourced blenders are not powerful enough that I have imported many of my Kitchen Gadgets from India for different purposes – blending, grinding, juicing etc. One powerful Magical High-Speed Blender is something I always desired to replace most of them. Small Jar of the Mixer Grinder from India for dry spices, chutneys, then a Grinder just for making Lentil Batter , a smoothie maker for Smoothies, Juices etc. This list can go on.

Basil Almond Pesto

Basil Almond Pesto

When Froothie UK asked me if I would like to review their new Optimum G2.1 High-Speed Blender, It was a definite yes! No second thought at all.

After carefully unpacking the powerful beast, I have just been admiring this Sophisticated Machine for a couple of days. I just could not take my eyes off it. But before I could actually cast my review, the Blender was put to a good test starting from Grinding dry spices to a curry gravy to a silken smooth Sauce. Yes, I made Basil Almond Pesto with my new toy.

Basil Almond Pesto

Before I get all excited talking about my New Toy in detail , let me tell you all about my Pesto Sauce.

Pasta is on our weekly menu and usually accompanied by Instantly made Herby Sauces like Coriander Pesto Sauce and much more. One among our favourite sauces is Basil Almond Pesto. Sometime last year, our cousins were here and my sister in law cooked us her speciality Italian Meal one evening. The sauce was authentic with natural ingredients and I had to learn it right away. I remember documenting the proportions before we went yapping any further .

Basil Almond Pesto

For some reason my home grown Basil was slowly wilting away after 8 months and I could not save her at all even after moving to different locations. All that I could think off was to pluck off all the leaves and make an aromatic Pesto .

Here’the authentic Instant Basil Almond Pesto Recipe just as we enjoy at home.

Basil Almond Pesto

Basil Almond Pesto

Prep Time Taken: 5 Minutes |Total Time Taken: 10 Minutes | Serves 3

Basil Almond Pesto

Basil Leaves – 2 Cups
Almonds – 1 Fistful
Pitted Green Olives – 15 Nos
Good Drizzle of Olive Oil
Salt as Desired.
Water if needed.

Place all the ingredients in the blender and pulse a couple of times until a smooth silken sauce is achieved. Drizzle a good portion of Olive Oil and pulse again.  If the Sauce is too thick, carefully add a few spoons of water and blitz again . Season with needed salt.Pesto Sauce is all ready to be stirred with your favourite pasta.

This Pesto Sauce is best consumed the same day. But I would say Pesto stays fresh at the max for 3 Days in an airtight jar, stored in a refrigerator.

Use a combination of French Beans and Baby Potatoes while making your Pasta. The whole combination is absolutely divine.


Optimum Blender

Coming back to my Blender !!!

The G2.1 Platinum Blender is Sleek, Smart, Seamlessly blending with my kitchen decor, Powerful and Sophisticated.

The LCD touch Panel comes with Six Automatic one push buttons to create the perfect Soups, Sorbets, Grind, Sauces, Nut milk and Smoothies along with a few touch buttons for altering Speed, Time, Pulse and Power.

You could manually decide how much to grind using the pulse Button.

Optimum Blender

Multipurpose BPA Jug :

One for all is all I can say about this durable 2 L multipurpose Dry/Wet Jug with chrome steel bearing.

One lovely feature that really impressed me was that the jug would sit on the base without any need for twisting and turning . There is usually a knack that is needed to get the food jar sit on the blender/food processor base. But I am so glad its a no Brainer here!!

And a big plus is that cleaning is really simple. Blades need not be removed.

The only con I would say is that #wish there was a smaller jar provided too to action on small individual portions.

About the Motor Base:

Optimum’s powerful carbon brush motor varies electricity consumption based on the power required. They can cut through the thickest ingredients easily !!!

For extra durability, G2.1 base has a built-in sensor which automatically switches off the motor when a machine gets over heated due to prolonged usage. There is nothing to worry. If the machine trips, simply switch it on.

Before buying any gadget, reading reviews and comparisons is something that I always do. Other than G2.1 blender I have not owned any other Smart blenders. Statistics on Froothie’s website speaks for itself.Optimum Blender

A little bit of Extras :

  • 10 years warranty on the motor and 5 years on the Parts
  • 80 Recipes comprehensive hard-copy recipe book is great to begin with.
  • Froothie UK offers all UK buyers a free 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – Includes Return Postage! I doubt you would ever need it.
  • Heavy duty tamper tool for improved processing and mixing
  • FREE Nut Milk Bag – Something that I always wanted.
  • Access to expert support team
  • Get the Optimum G2.1 Platinum blender for £429 instead of £599 if you order before April 30th.

***I am an ambassador for Froothie and was sent a Froothie Optimum G2.1 Platinum blender for review. This post has affiliate links. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and I have not been paid for this post. 

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Comments (14)

  • Sandhya love this pesto recipe and your photography is stunning as always!

    • Thank so much Ami. This pesto screams Herbs.. If you love herbs.. you will enjoy it even more.

  • Loved the recipe sandhya! Will try it out soon and let you know 🙂 Stunning shots as always!

  • Gorgeous clicks Sandhya! Great review and pesto looks awesome!

    • heyy thanks so much Priya.. Its a beasty blender.. sure to fall in love.

  • delicious recipe and beautiful pictures

  • Amazing pics as always….Bright and crisp… Great review there…love the blender

    • thank you Anupa 🙂 The pasta gets really fragrant with this delicious pesto.

  • I’m in love with the vibrant color of the pesto. Love how fresh your basil looks. Gorgeous clicks girl <3

    • Heyy thanks Jyothi. I miss my Basil Plant. Time to buy my next one and nurture them.

  • This pesto looks absolutely delicious!


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