Guacamole is pretty amazing. It’s creamy, flavorful, and the perfect accompaniment to your tortilla chip. Guac is relatively healthy as far as dips and spreads go, but not when it’s consumed by the cup full. As I’ve mentioned before, avocados are one of those “healthy foods” that can be sneakily sabotaging your diet because they are so calorically dense.
In an effort to cut back the calories and boost the nutrition, I have subbed some of the avocados for pureed edamame in this recipe. You will still get your daily dose of heart healthy Mufas (Monosaturated fats), but less total fat and more protein. Don’t fret, this doesn’t taste like bean dip. Perhaps it’s a tad like guacamole infused hummus, but mainly it just tastes like the gucamole we know and love. This guac is not at all lacking in flavor, it has that wonderful fresh clean flavor of the cilantro and a nice spicy kick from the jalapeno. If you don’t like it spicy I would recommend using only half a jalapeno.
Here’s a fun fact, the guacamole Chipotle adds to your burrito has 230 calories, just for that one dollop! That’s double the calories of that watery sour cream they give you. Avocado does have health benefits over sour cream, so I’m not recommending you skip it all together. Next time, order your guac on the side and share with a friend. Boom. 100 calorie savings. And only one of you will have to pay extra. In the mean time, when you are not at chipotle, make this guacamole and put it on everything!
- 2 cups shelled and cooked edamame
- 2 tbsp water
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 diced jalapeno, seeded (reserve seeds)
- ½ cup chopped tomatoes
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Place shelled edamame and 2 tbsp water in a food processor. Process for 2-3 minutes until well pureed. Stop and stir a few times. Add more water as needed if clumping.
- Place all remaining ingredients in mixing bowl and mash. Stir until well combined.
- Add the edamame and stir well.
- Taste, if prefer spicier dip add reserved jalapeno seeds.
- Enjoy with chips, on toast, sandwich spread, or straight out of the bowl.
If short on time buy pre-shelled edamame from Trader Joes.