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.
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
Money Saving Guacamole Recipe Tip
We all know it. Avocados are EXPENSIVE!
But avocado lovers are willing to sacrifice.
I do have a great tip for you, however, that you most likely had no idea about ….did you know that freezing avocados is actually something that works?
It's true! Hop over here to see How to Freeze Avocados. Frugal Guacamole Lovers–celebrate!
Recipe Notes for AIP Guacamole
- 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 avocados
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 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.
Photo credits – Naomi Huzovicova