The Genius Way to Make Guacamole WITHOUT Avocado | Women's Health Magazine

While Avocado is great for you, I think this might be yummy in a bind.  Because you can't let the national avocado shortage come between you and your favorite dip.

PUBLISHED: MARCH 21, 2014  |  BY ANJALI SHAH

Avocado is pretty much the star of traditional guacamole—the creamy, delicious dip full of healthy fats that's a staple at most Mexican restaurants. But if you've ever made your own, you know that avocados can get pretty pricey at the supermarket. And unfortunately, a recent drought in California is leading to a national avocado shortage, which means it'll be even harder to find them at a reasonable price.

The good news? You don't need avocados to make a delicious dip full of nutritional goodness—seriously! Check out this recipe for Edamame "Guacamole" that's just as creamy, rich and healthy as the original. Bonus: This version packs about half the calories and three times the protein as regular guac!

Makes 6 servings

2 cups shelled edamame beans

2 Tbsp lime juice

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

1/2 jalapeño pepper, minced (optional)

2 Tbsp green onions, minced

1/2 tsp salt (more to taste)

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper (more to taste if needed)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1. Place edamame in the bowl of a food processor and process to a paste, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. This should take less than a minute.

2. Add lime juice, garlic, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, green onions, salt, pepper and olive oil to the food processor. Process to combine.

3. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (about 1/3 cup): 86.7 cal; 4 g fat (0.3 g saturated); 6 g carbs; 1.3 g sugar; 240.5 mg sodium; 1 g fiber; 6.7 g protein.

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