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Easy Guacamole

by Tansy Boggon

Enjoy creamy, fresh, homemade guacamole without onion or garlic, still with plenty of flavour.

Guacamole is so easy to make that it hardly requires a recipe. However, I thought I’d share how I like it, which is also suitable for those who can’t eat garlic or don’t enjoy onion breath. If you are eating low-FODMAP, this recipe is also ideal for you.

Despite being garlic and onion-free, this recipe has lots of flavour from the jalapeños and cumin powder.

Choosing your avocados

The most important consideration for making deliciously creamy guacamole is to choose ripe avocados, not underripe or overly ripe.

Choose avocados that yield a little when you gently squeeze them in a cupped hand. Underripe, they won’t have any mashing potential, but overripe, they can be mushy and stringy, resulting in undesirably slimy guacamole—yuk.

So choose a yielding, dark-skinned avocado with vibrantly green flesh that can easily be mushed with a fork. Discard any bruised or browned spots if your avo has them.

Now that you’ve got your avocados, it’s a matter of adding the remaining ingredients to get guacing.

Ingredients for this low-FODMAP guacamole

You’ll need:

  • Avocado
  • Lemon
  • Fresh coriander
  • Chives
  • Jalapeños (although optional)
  • Salt
  • Cumin powder

Now, I know guacamole is also generally made with lime. However, here in New Zealand, they are harder to come by than lemons and significantly more expensive when they are.

So, for this reason, I choose to use lemon to make guacamole. However, if you’ve got access to limes, feel free to swap it.

Eating low-FODMAP?

If you’ve chosen to make this recipe as you’re following a Low-FODMAP diet, note that 30 g of avocado is considered a suitable serving size, which is about two tablespoons of mashed avocado.

Enjoying your guacamole

If you don’t have digestive concerns, enjoy it to your heart’s content with an awareness of how it feels to your body and satisfies your taste buds and hunger.

Avocado is high in fibre and health-promoting fats. So, there’s no need to skimp on your guacamole.

Enjoy it as a dip with crackers or chips or spread in place of butter or a dollop on nachos. Yum!

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Easy Guacamole

Enjoy creamy, fresh homemade guacamole without onion or garlic that still has plenty of flavour.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: vegan
Author: Tansy Boggon


  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice approx. 1 lemon or lime
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped pickled jalapeños optional
  • ½ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder


  • Cut each avocado in half around the pit and carefully remove the pit.
  • Using a spoon, scoop the avocado flesh into a medium bowl.
  • Then mash the avocado with a fork or potato masher until you achieve your desired texture; completely smooth or with a few small chunks remaining.
  • Then add all remaining ingredients and stir through to combine.
  • Taste and add additional salt or lemon/lime juice, if necessary.


Got leftovers?

Store in a small container that minimises the surface area and thus exposure to oxygen, which is what will cause it to brown. If the surface does turn brown, scoop it off before serving. It should be good for about three days after making.

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