How to Make the Best Healthy Guacamole Recipe

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This Healthy Guacamole Recipe allows you to indulge in your favorite snack of guacamole and chips while still sticking to your diet! Mix up a bowl today in just 5 minutes. You’ll love the flavor of this easy guacamole recipe. It’s the best way to use simple ingredients! 

healthy guacamole in a white bowl


Thanks to a secret ingredient in this healthy guacamole, the calories and fat are reduced without losing that irresistible creaminess!

I love that this recipe uses fresh ingredients. It’s loaded with healthy fats, and you can enjoy it in some of your favorite ways.

Pair this with tortilla chips to make the perfect dip, or add it to the top of your favorite Mexican food. There are endless options for this delicious homemade guacamole. 

ingredients to make healthy guacamole

Healthy Guacamole Recipe

You won’t notice any difference in flavor, and everyone who eats your guacamole and chips will be begging you for the recipe!

Looking for more ways to incorporate healthier options into your meals? 

Start your day with a Pomegranate Skinny Shake and enjoy a side of air fryer cauliflower with dinner.

I even have a collection of simple and healthy frozen treats for when you’re craving something sweet!

Ingredients to Make Guacamole that’s Healthy and Tasty!

  • Avocados – Look for avocados that have dark colored skin and are soft all over. But, not too soft! 

    There should be a gentle give when squeezed without feeling like mush.
  • Lemon – Freshly squeezed juice will have the best flavor, adding bright acidity to your healthy guacamole.
  • Peas – Our secret ingredient! These make the guac extra creamy without the need for yogurt or sour cream. 
  • Onion – I like to use red onion, but opt for a white onion if you prefer a sharper bite.
  • Peppers – Jalapenos are quite mild and add just a hint of heat. 

    Be sure to remove the seeds and veins, which make them much spicier. Or, omit entirely if you prefer!
  • Cilantro – Since everything is going in the food processor, no need to pick off individual leaves. Just toss a few stems and get to blending.
peas in food processor for healthy guacamole

Tips for Making Guacamole with Lemon

  • Wear gloves– These protect your hands from the irritating oils found in chili peppers. 

    Also, be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water when you’re finished chopping the chiles.
  • Prevent browning. Due to oxidization, avocados can turn brown quickly. 

    Place the avocado pit in the middle of your bowl and surround it with the dip or try stirring in a little extra lemon juice.
  • Want it spicier? Leave the seeds in the jalapeno or substitute another spicy pepper like a serrano. 

    Just be sure to warn any guests about the extra heat if you’ll be serving it at a party!
  • Make ahead tip: Puree the peas and chop the red onion, jalapeno, and herbs up to a day in advance. 

    Keep them covered in the refrigerator, then mix everything together when you’re ready to serve.
pureed peas in a food processor

Serving Suggestions

One of the healthiest ways to eat guacamole is by swapping chips for fresh vegetables! 

Pair a bowl of this delicious dip with cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots for a crunchy, satisfying snack.

You can also spoon some over carnitas or air fryer nachos to enjoy guilt-free versions of all your Mexican favorites. 

This healthy guacamole recipe would even be great with my Southwestern Egg Rolls!

ingredients in bowl for guacamole with peas

Healthy Guacamole Recipe FAQ

How long does homemade guacamole last? 

While it is best served fresh, you can safely store leftovers in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Be sure to transfer it to an airtight container as well.

I like to press a layer of plastic wrap onto the surface of the dip before adding the lid. This helps to keep air out, so it stays fresh longer.

If a brown film still develops along the top, just scrape it off to reveal a bright green layer underneath! However, it may be time to toss the dip if it’s getting dark all the way through.

Is homemade guacamole good for you? 

While it all depends on the ingredients, this healthy guacamole recipe is packed with nutrients!

Avocados, while high in fat, contain the healthy kind of fat that help “prevent disease and keep your body in good working order.” Plus, the frozen peas contain no fat at all, which helps to keep this guacamole healthy and lower calorie.

Can you make guacamole with lemon?

You sure can! Lemon is slightly sweeter than lime, helping to balance the sharp and savory flavors of the veggies.

How can I make this classic guacamole recipe spicy? 

You can add a homemade salsa recipe that is spicy or dice up a jalapeno pepper and add it to the mix. The main ingredients of this guac recipe aren’t spicy at all, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it that way. 

Adding cayenne pepper is a fast and simple way to add spice, too. It’s a great option with minimal effort. 

How do I keep the surface of the guacamole from browning? 

Adding some fresh lemon juice or fresh lime juice to your bowl of guac will keep it from turning brown. If you’re worried about it browning, adding a little extra lime juice can help with the coloring and also the flavor. 

What other recipes can I make with this great guacamole? 

You can make avocado toast or keep this simple recipe as regular guac. Pair it with fresh veggies so that the final product creates the perfect healthy dip. I love having a healthy recipe like this one hand that I can mix and match with. 

healthy guacamole on a serving plate with veggies for dipping

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smashed avocado combined with diced red onion

bowl of guac

How to Make the Best Healthy Guacamole Recipe

Donna Elick
This healthy guacamole recipe allows you to indulge in your favorite snack while sticking to your diet! Mix up a batch in just 5 minutes!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Method Mixed
Servings 10


  • 3 medium ripe avocados, smashed (reserve 1 avocado pit)
  • 3 cups frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeño, deseeded
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher sal


  • Scoop the avocado into a medium bowl and smash them with a fork.
  • Puree the peas in a food processor until smooth, about 2-4 minutes.
  • Add the peas and the remaining ingredients into the avocado bowl. Stir until completely combined.
  • Taste for seasoning, add more salt to taste.
  • Put the reserved pit in the center of your dip and cover with guacamole to keep it from oxidizing (it really works). Serve and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

Homemade guacamole is best served fresh, but you can cover it tightly in a container and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Avocados oxidize, causing them to turn brown quickly. To prevent this, you can place the avocado pit in the middle of your bowl and surround it with the guacamole dip. You can also add a little more lemon to help. Another tip is to place plastic wrap tightly up against the dip before covering with a lid in a container. When you take it out of the fridge, if there is a brown film, you can scrape that off to reveal a bright green layer underneath. If the dip is getting dark all the way through, it may be time to throw it away.
If you would like to make your guacamole spicy, leave the seeds in the jalapenos. You could also try another spicy pepper like a serano. If you are making a spicy guacamole, just be sure to warn guests if you are serving at a party or get-together since not everyone can eat spicy foods.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 134cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 239mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 7g | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published January 2012, updated and republished January 2024

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  1. I love guac, but have never seen it made with frozen peas. I'll have to give this a try sooner rather than later.


  2. Yummy! This looks great! I love the idea of mixing peas into it – I'll have to try that in the future. Guacamole isn't something I absolutely love all the time, but sometimes I crave it and this will be perfect 🙂

  3. Donna, I love this recipe, you are so clever! I've never tried the trick with the pit, I must do that next time. 🙂 Lovely post, Melissa

  4. 5 stars
    I love guacamole in all its forms, and the peas truly added an element that I really liked. It was very delicious to add into our burritos and also on chips! It also made our meal healthier, so what’s not to love!

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