Photo courtesy of Hale Popoki

Photo courtesy of Hale Popoki

Almost everyone loves guacamole but unfortunately, because it is so delicious, it can be hard to eat only a small portion. And avocados, being high in fat (even though they are healthy fats), provide us with a lot of calories.

If you love guacamole but don’t like the idea of limiting your portion sizes you are going to love this recipe! It tastes almost exactly like the regular version but with a fraction of the fat.

The secret ingredient is frozen peas, which are combined with avocado, to stretch out the flavor and add bulk. The end result is that you can eat three times as much of this guacamole than normal for the same amount of calories.

Now for the most part I’m actually not a fan of monitoring calories or limiting fat intake. Especially on a raw food diet, foods containing healthy fats can certainly have their place when our intention is to support optimal well being. However, there are times when a small portion just won’t do, but you also don’t want to collapse from exhaustion or experience digestive discomfort after your meal.

So there are situations when low fat recipes such as this can be appreciated. There are also some people who genuinely seem to feel better when they limit their fat intake. If this is you, then you will be happy to realize that it is possible to enjoy guacamole again without any negative effects!

I used a whole avocado in this recipe but if you wish to cut the fat even further you can try making it with just half and it should still be delicious.

Low Fat Guacamole

2 cups frozen peas, defrosted

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon Mexican fiesta seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt

Pinch of chipotle

1/2-1 avocado, chopped

1 green onion, sliced

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine

Combine peas, lime juice, spices and salt in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Place into a bowl and add avocado, green onion and cilantro and stir to combine well.

I prefer chunks of avocado in my guacamole so I mix it gently, but if you like a smoother guacamole you could mash the avocado instead, or add it in the blender with the pea mixture.

You can eat this straight away but the flavors will improve a little if you let it sit for about an hour. Then, right before serving, taste and adjust the lime, salt and spices to suit your preference.

This guacamole is fantastic for snacking with sliced raw vegetables such as red peppers, tomatoes, carrots and cucumber. It also makes a nice, simple light meal on large leaves of romaine lettuce with sliced tomato. And of course it would be a wonderful addition to any Mexican inspired meal.

Even if you are skeptical I recommend you give this low fat guacamole a try. It is surprising how similar it is to the real thing with the added advantage of allowing for a guilt-free indulgence!

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