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We had a hankering for some good old fashioned guac, but wondered if we could enjoy all the flavor of it without the calories. Turns out, it just takes a little creativity. This recipe is just a bit little lighter than traditional guacamole, with high flavor and low calories.

To get a lighter guacamole, we packed it with some fresh red onions, some tomato, and replaced one of the avocados with lima beans. The lima beans might come as a bit of a surprise, but in the end it doesn’t take away from that delicious avocado flavor but it does pad out the dip while keeping the texture consistent. Keep reading below for our light guacamole recipe…

Light Guacamole Recipe


  • 2 large ripe avocados, peeled, divided
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 6 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped


  1. Place the tomato in a small colander and set inside a bowl. Set aside to drain.
  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Add the frozen lima beans and cook until tender and creamy (about 5 minutes). Drain the beans and rinse under cold water until cool. Pat the beans dry with paper dowels then remove the skins by pinching the beans so the skins slide off.
  3. In a food processor, combine one avocado, the lima beans, lime juice, salt, cumin, and pepper. Cover and process until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl, mash the remaining avocado with a fork. Stir in the pureed avocado mixture, then gently fold in the tomato,onion, jalapenos, cilantro, and garlic. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until the flavors meld (about 1 hour).
  5. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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