Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Garlic-Lovers' Guacamole
This Guacamole is one of the Easiest Guacamole recipes you will ever try, but it tastes amazing. Loaded with garlic and the perfect blend of spices, it beats any store-bought guac hands down. Bonus--it also happens to fit the AIP diet.
As I have experimented with the Autoimmune Paleo (Autoimmune Protocol, or AIP) diet, remaking some of our favorite recipes has become a huge priority. And guacamole is one of those recipes that just HAD to be remade. So today I'm sharing with you Autoimmune Paleo Guacamole -- Autoimmune Protocol Guacamole -- Or AIP guac for short :).
I mean, seriously -- guacamole is something that I NEVER buy because frankly, we eat so much of it when it's around that we'd have a huge part of our monthly grocery bill allotted to guacamole if I did that.
So having a good guacamole recipe is something kind of necessary in our home.
However, on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, nightshades have become an issue, so I went back the drawing board to make an AIP guacamole recipe that everyone in our family can eat, and well, it's so good that the whole family demolished it and I had to make a second batch.
So even if you aren't on the AIP diet, you can make this and I'm sure you'll be coming back for more.
A further bonus of this recipe, besides being delicious, is that all of the ingredients in this guacamole are super nourishing.
Avocados - an amazing source of healthy fats, which are important for brain and hormonal function. Yes, good fats are GOOD for you. High in pantothenic acid, fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamins B6, E, C, and potassium. For another great way to enjoy the health of avocados, try these Chocolate Truffles with a Kick.
Lime Juice - High in vitamin C, and also the acid in the lime prevents the avocado from browning.
Red Onions - High in fiber, folate, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamins C, K and B-6, flavanoids, and organosulfur compounds that may protect against certain cancers.
Cilantro - High in vitamin K, has some vitamin C and A. Contains and is also known as a heavy metal detoxifier. Has been shown to be helpful against salmonella. Cilantro has been studied for it's help in managing high blood sugar, and in India it has been used as an anti-inflammatory food. In the US it's being studied for cholesterol lowering effects.
Garlic - High in manganese and vitaminB6. Garlic is well known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities. It's also rich in sulfur, and supports cardiac health.
Here is How to Make this AIP Guacamole
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl.
Mash with a fork or potato masher. You can process in a food processor if you would like smooth guacamole, but we like chunks!
Of course, most of us think about dipping corn chips in guacamole, but there are loads of other ideas of wonderful things you can dip in your AIP Guacamole.
These Green Bean Chips
Other veggie chips like beet, zucchini, turnip, daikon
Organic Corn Chips (avoid the GMOs, please!)
Popcorn (We LOVE dipping organic popcorn in our Savory Hummus, Pizza Hummus, or this guacamole.)
Focaccia Flax Bread
Money Saving Tip
We all know it. Avocados are EXPENSIVE!
If you LOVE avos, you know what I mean. It's hard to spend this much for those lovely little green thing, but you have to.
One great way to save on homemade guac is that you can actually freeze avocados. Buy avos when they're on sale, freeze them, and your homemade guac just got a WHOLE lot cheaper.
- Avocado Size: This recipe was developed using typical Haas avocados, which are 8-10 ounces, so keep this in mind. If you use smaller avocados, you'll want to adjust how many you use, or adjust the rest of the recipe (especially the salt!)
- Salt: You might want to start with a smaller amount and add more if need be. The amount of salt you use will depend on the type of salt (some salt is more potent than others) and the size of the avocado, in addition to your taste of course.
- Cilantro: Make sure to use fresh rather than dried cilantro. Dried cilantro is just not very flavorful and makes the guacamole take on a grayish tint as well. For more help with cilantro, here are my best tips on how to use it.
- AIP: Again, whether you are on the AIP diet or not, I am sure you will love this recipe. In fact, I'm sure you will have a hard time keeping it around so make sure to pick up extra avocados the next time you are at the store.
- THM: For those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe fits in as an "S."
Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Guacamole - paleo, dairy-free, nightshade-free
- 2 large avocados
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste -- see Recipe Notes)
- 1/2 small red onion (chopped)
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional, but use fresh and not dried -- see Recipe Notes)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- Place all ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir to incorporate.
- Serve with chips or other "dippers" appropriate to your diet.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
Are you as much of a guacamole fan as we are?
Are you or is someone you love on the AIP diet?
WOW! I have never eaten a full serving of guacamole. Never liked the look of it at restaurants and didn't like the store bought "refrigerated" brands. Unappealing, no flavor=left on plate/trash. But this literally made me say WOW! I made it just as detailed except used 3 avocados as they were getting too ripe. Thank you for a fantastic dish/snack to add as I begin this AIP path.
Wow Mardale! That makes my day! We literally have been making SO much of this b/c avocados have been on sale and we have been (get this) freeze drying it! You can see us doing that in my stories on Instagram and on Facebook.
So so glad you liked it. We love it too. Have to make extra every time b/c my kids (and husband) really dig into it every time. Thanks again and hope the AIP diet goes well for you!
This is seriously the best guac!! I leave out the onions due to a personal sensitivity, but always get rave reviews everywhere I take it!! Thanks for sharing!!
Oh wow--no kidding you get rave reviews even without the onions?? You could add in asafoetida as well--look into it :)! We do love this ourselves!
Easy, excellent recipe; let’s the pure tastes shine through!
Thank you, Adrienne! It's delicious!
So so glad you liked it! We have been eating it like every day for the past week or so!
This was super yummy!
So glad to hear it--we missed the last avocado sale here and I'm bummed! Might have to splurge!
I love to grate a frosen piece of ginger in as well.
I just came across your website and I am enjoying reading many of your posts. I have been dairy free, grain free, for a long time and I am always looking for new recipes.
I make my guacamole just like yours. I never liked any other additives like chopped tomatoes. To me that spoiled the taste of the avocado.
The only other way I have enjoyed it is by a friend from South America makes his with just onion, lime juice, and a little dried oregano! Once it sits for a while and the flavors blend it is really quite good!
Oh delish - love that idea!!! I might have to do that!
Yum . Thank you. I make this 2-3 times a month for cassava/almond chips, aip tacos, or as a topping for turkey burgers or turkey lettuce wraps . Once people try this as you stated no desire to every go back to processed store versions unless one needs convenience. As aip / Paleo for health reasons I am grateful for this recipe find .
Thank you and so glad you like it! I really agree that it's better than what we have picked up at Costco when we needed something on the run. In fact, once we just bought avos and at them with seaweed snacks and olives in the car - it was great!!!
Thank you so much for this recipe!! I made just a couple adjustments. I roasted a bulb of garlic and used two-three cloves and used that instead of minced garlic, loved it! Also used parsley instead of cilantro. This is such a delicious recipe that I've made it three times in the last week. It's going to be a staple in our house. Thanks again!
So great! Thank you for coming back to tell me. We love it too!
thank you for sharing this recipe and the fact that I can freeze avocados But most of all, thank you for sharing the vitamins and minerals that these items contain naturally. This helps with the knowledge that one is eating healthy. After watching the documentaries Whats with Wheat and Sugar Coated, I am desperate to make a change in my eating habits by eating more fruits and vegetables that are organic and eliminating all processed foods.
You are so welcome! Good for you making good changes!
Organic cilantro only will remove heavy metals. If the Cilantro is not organic it will deposit heavy metals.
I usually use organic green or yellow onions but looking forward to trying it with the red onions.
Can you explain why this is the case with organic vs non organic cilantro? I have never read that. Thanks!
I don't use garlic in my guac, I may have to try it. I also like to use jalapeño peppers and lime juice in my guac. So yummy! 😉
Oooh - my husband would LOVE the jalapenos. Wouldn't be AIP any longer but would be lovely. Thanks!
Thanks Adrienne! 🙂 What can I say? Cilantro tastes like soap to me. One thing I did learn by watching Ina Garten is that if you don't like cilantro and a recipe calls for it, you can substitute parsley. My recipe is actually based on Alton Brown's guacamole recipe, but I don't add cilantro or cayenne pepper. (Which is a night shade veggie anyway.)
Yes, that's a great sub idea! I used to not like cilantro, but that all changed. https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/cilantro-and-coriander-store-herbs/
Cilantro tastes is a genetic thing. Those who don't like it say it tastes like soap, me, I love it! Actually joined a CSA once, got it in a bunch of salad stuff, and actually went home and made a salad of just cilantro, without knowing what it was.
I get mine dried from MRH, and it is NOT grey nor tasteless. (tried to grow it, but had a difficult time.) MRH was out once, I got it from Starwest, I believe, and it WAS grey and tasteless. I had to throw it out. Disgusting! MRH brand is wonderful and flavorful. (I do live in Eugene, and can get it directly from their storefront, though. Maybe it is shipping it that disintegrates the flavor?) I do buy fresh in the summer when it isn't horribly expensive.
The cilantro taste thing is odd for sure -- apparently some people can taste aldehydes, which makes the cilantro taste like soap.
About the dried cilantro, I'm sure that companies have variations. I have tried MRH and it is for sure way less flavorful than fresh cilantro. I can't imagine that shipping would be the issue since it's dried and not going that far at all. And I would think that would be something that herb companies would know about just as they state warnings about shipping chocolate, etc. that might get damaged in shipping.
Interestingly I thought cilantro tasted like soap but now I like it :). So perhaps I like soap!
This is pretty much how I already make my guacamole! I just throw lemon or lime juice, some salt and pepper, and a little chopped garlic together. 🙂 I don't put in cilantro since I don't like it and don't put in the onions.
I used to not like cilantro, but things have changed... :). https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/cilantro-and-coriander-store-herbs/
Take care and you have good taste ;).
Hi Adrienne! I make our guac like this too, minus the garlic, which my husband doesn't like. We love it and I love avocado's which I also get at Costco (they have the best)! I add them to my smoothies all the time. I really like using plantain chips with my guac. I've been working on learning more about AIP this past year. My sister has Rheumatoid Arthritis and I've been trying to help her in any way I can.
Hi there! Well, I'm not eating garlic right now, so my personal version doesn't have it either. And I second you on Costco's avocados. I bought some cheaper ones last year and they were terrible.
Blessings on your sister. You are a dear for helping her. I so hope it helps to heal her.
Hello Cherie, I've been following an elimination diet (no gluten, dairy, soy, corn) since March. I didn't notice any changes but a 10 lb weight loss. I had inflammation in my fingers where I couldn't get my rings off and then back on. After three blood tests it is confirmed that I have rheumatoid arthritis. Very early stages. I'm approaching it via naturopathic medicine. Would you mind to provide more info on the AIP? Thank you so much.
I'm a fitness expert, don't eat garbage - paleo-like. I want to do the right thing. Thank you!
Here is some really good info on the AIP diet: https://www.thepaleomom.com/the-autoimmune-protocol
I will write more soon hopefully.
Smoothies with avocado? Please share the recipes! 🙂
Awesome! I didn't know you all were delving into AIP. Just about ready to start it soon here. Great looking recipe.
Hi Laurie - well, I tried it last year for awhile and am doing it pretty close right now. Thinking about going strict again. Hope to have more resources. Did you see the Desserts post? https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/easy-aip-desserts/
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Great AIP recipe makeover! You're right that the guacamole simply had to be remade - I couldn't live without my staple snack and condiment in our house and it would be one of the first things I would be wanting to recreate if I was transitioning to an AIP diet. This recipe looks very fresh and a little bit spicy, just the way I like it 🙂
We never buy guacamole either, the supermarket stuff is usually rubbish and only a small % of avo in some brands! Never mind that avocados are so expensive at the moment here hehe
Thanks, Ally! I hadn't noticed there's sometimes a small % of avo? Really?
They are too pricey - I get the large bags at Costco to save something. The Grasshopper bars on my site are fun too - I will add a link to the post now that I'm thinking about it :).
Hi Adrienne...can you substitute lemon juice for the lime juice in this recipe? It looks delicious just like all your recipes do!
Hi there. Yes, you sure can. It will just be a tad different. I sub lemon for lime all the time - hope you like it and thanks for the kind words!