This delicious guacamole recipe replaces half the amount of high-calorie avocado in a traditional guacamole recipe with a stealth, low-calorie vegetable--zucchini--to cut 100 calories and 6 grams of fat so we can eat more guacamole with fewer calories. We use the microwave to cook the zucchini until it's very tender, but you can steam it on the stovetop if you prefer.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2012


Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place zucchini in a microwave-safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on High until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain in a sieve, pressing lightly on the zucchini to extract any liquid.

  • Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl; add avocado, cilantro, onion, garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and salt and coarsely mash until combined.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

96 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 7.7g; dietary fiber 4.1g; sugars 1.7g; fat 7.6g; saturated fat 1.1g; vitamin a iu 692.2IU; vitamin c 15.5mg; folate 57.8mcg; calcium 21.7mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 26.1mg; potassium 408.4mg; sodium 167.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Lower-Calorie Guac without Sacrificing Flavor This recipe uses 1 avocado and 1 zucchini making it a lower-calorie guacamole. I peeled the zucchini chopped it then microwaved as the recipe directed. Once the zuc is cooked you just mash in the rest of the ingredients. So easy! We loved the flavor and so did my parents. It does have a little bit different texture and taste than regular guac but I don't think people would notice unless you told them. Pros: tasty healthier easy to make Cons: different texture Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great alternative to high-calorie fatty guac! I have to say that I LOVE guacamole. Sometimes I crave it like crazy but I know I can't eat it like crazy. Until now. I made this a tiny bit. I didn't have cilantro and I didn't measure how much lime juice I used. I just squeezed one lime into the mixture. I used a fresh-from-the-garden zucchini - unpeeled and unseeded - I threw in some tomato and jalapenos and I used a food processor to get it as smooth as I liked.. which was still pretty chunky. I really loved this guacamole! I ate it with chips (baked torilla shell and Garden of Eatin's jalapeno lime chips) on a grilled-chicken wrap with grilled lime-pepper chicken and a deli turkey wrap. YUUU-UM! Pros: Easy to prepare tastes great acceptable nutritional content Read More