I know, I know, by definition, mayonnaise is an emulsion of egg yolks, oil, and an acid such as lemon juice, but since I don’t do well with eggs and they aren’t allowed on the 30-Day Autoimmune Reset, I decided to experiment with an avocado mayo recipe.
Most commercial mayonnaise recipes also have soybean oil or vegetable oils which we avoid completely. If you tolerate eggs, my original homemade mayo recipe is a great alternative, but if you are doing the 30-Day reset or can’t eat eggs, it isn’t a good option.
I wanted to find an egg-free mayo recipe that was still a great source of healthy fats and that could be used as mayo in things like tuna salad and chicken salad. I’d already tried using plain mashed avocado and it worked pretty well but I wanted to see if I could get a little closer to the texture and flavor or regular mayonnaise.
I experimented with several different types of oils and found that pure olive oil (not extra virgin) works really well and so does avocado oil.
I also learned that adding a little bit of acid like lemon/lime juice or vinegar helps mimic the natural flavor of regular mayo and helps keep the avocado from browning so quickly. If I’m not on the autoimmune reset program, adding a little mustard helps as well.
I discovered by accident (I was in autoimmuni-tea mode) that adding a little bit of collagen hydrolysate really helps with the texture and with keeping it emulsified (plus it adds some extra collagen and protein). This ingredient is completely optional but if you decide to add it, this is the brand I used.
Healthy Avocado Mayo Recipe
One advantage of this avocado mayo is that it has less of a chance of separating than egg and oil based mayo and it can be easily re-mixed if it does.
Egg-Free Avocado Mayo Recipe
- 2 ripe avocados
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice (or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar)
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp pepper
- Remove pit and peel from avocados.
- Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend at medium speed until mixed and emulsified.
Ever tried making your own mayo? What did you use?
Discussion (44 Comments)
I love your blog. Thank you, Thank you for taking the time to share your recipes and thoughts. I’ve found it extremely helpful.
My question is what do you do in social situations? I cook paleo at home and some non-paleo (but healthy stuff) for my son and husband. This past weekend we hung out with friends and my 2 1/2 year old ate a ton of homemade (no idea what was in them) muffins. He was amped, hyper and cranky afterwards and I’m wondering how you deal with your kids eating food you wouldn’t serve them at home. Do you let them do whatever and then if they feel ill afterwards, start the discussion about food and health? Or do you tell them they are not allowed to eat what’s served at other people’s houses without your permission?
I try to help my kids to understand what goes into food so that they can make their own informed choices. I have had the happy experience of watching them choose healthy options most of the time, and when they don’t, they usually feel “icky” so it’s added incentive to them.
Will it turn brown because of avocados ? Thank you.
Yes, it can.
Elena, adding lemon juice will help prevent oxidation and it acts as a preservative. 🙂 I’m a chef.
How much is “a bit” of collagen hydrolysate? Thank you.
Why Pure Olive Oil vs Extra Virgin? Recipe says high quality olive oil, but I thought “pure” olive oil wasn’t as high quality as extra virgin.
I’m excited to try this!
This is such a great idea! All the alternative mayo recipes I have seen use tofu, and I have heard mixed things on tofu so I have been trying to eat less, but this is perfect. Now if only I had a ripe avocado… The one I tried to eat earlier today was WAY not ready. Why I didn’t check before cutting into it, I don’t know.
I MADE MAYONNAISE WITH EGGS, OLIVE OIL, MUSTARD ETC. IT WAS AWFUL. THE BEST TASTING MAYO IS HELLMAN’S BUT I DON’T BUY IT BECAUSE IT’S GOT ALOT OF BAD INGREDIENTS IN IT BUT THAT IS WHAT I COMPARE ALL OTHER MAYOS TO. DOES ANYONE HAVE A RECIPE THAT TASTES LIKE HELLMAN’S.
This is a mayo specifically for people who cannot eat eggs. You could try my other recipe which uses eggs: https://wellnessmama.com/1739/healthy-mayonnaise/
Amazing- I have been looking for a good dairy-free mayonnaise recipe that doesn’t involve yucky oils. Thank you for yet another awesome recipe!
I love using just smashed up avocado in lieu of mayo on sandwiches, but I’d never thought to actually make a mayo FROM avocado! This sounds so yummy!
Usually my homemade mayo is simply egg yolk, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper.
You do realize that bread made from wheat is horrible for your health right?
This sound delicious! I’m not a mayo fan, but my husband and kids love it. I’m always trying to find ways to “sneak in” healthy foods. 😉
I was wondering if you could use coconut oil in place of the olive oil? I am guessing they have different properties that might make you not want to do that…like the fact that coconut oil hardens at certain temps?
But I thought I would ask anyway!
If you need a sub try palm oil maybe, unless you are going to eat it immediately. The coconut oil will solidify in the fridge and mess it up, I think. That said, I haven’t tried it so it might be worth an experiment.
Ok, great! Thanks. I just might have to experiment 🙂
palm oil is REALLY bad for the environment, wildlife and vast deforestation when this oil is processed and produced. plz wellnessmama i hope u can research on this and not recommend. plus avocado oil would be perfect for this! lol i use “olivado” on amazon its awesome