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Easy Avocado Dip

avocado dip

This is a super easy avocado dip that you can whip up in mere minutes.  There is no chopping (of herbs) required, because it is made with spice.

When I don’t have a lot of time to make dinner, this is a go to dish.  I get one of the boys to do the avocado cutting and scooping while I chop up carrots and celery to accompany this dip.  It’s a nice filling side along with a main dish and salad.

You could call it a guacamole, however, when I think of guacamole, I think of chopped up cilantro and onions (and sometimes tomatoes) along with the avocado and spices.  This is my shortcut for “guac.”

Easy Avocado Dip

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  • 3 medium avocados
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  1. Cut the avocados in half, then remove the pits, reserving 1 to a medium bowl
  2. Scoop avocado meat into bowl with pit
  3. Gently mash avocados with a spoon
  4. Add lemon juice, salt, chili and cumin
  5. Stir lightly to combine
  6. Serve with carrot and celery sticks

I like to save a pit to keep with the dip as it seems to keep the dip from turning brown.  The boys are now versed in this practice and when they chop, scoop and gently mash the avocados (we call them “avos”) they know to put at least one pit back in the bowl –though they usually like to put all of the pits in the bowl.

This week has been busy and I’m quite happy and grateful for that.  The Sister Project was so kind in posting a feature on my experience of sisterhood on their front page.  I had a live radio interview with Chef Judy of Judy a la Carte and there was also a wonderful feature on my book in the food section of the Daily Camera, our local paper.

One small project I have been working on is the distribution of my book.  The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook does not seem to be making it onto bookstore shelves.  I am resolving this with my publisher and they have been fantastic in working with me on this matter.  If you have tried to purchase the book in a bookstore and been told it is not available, please leave a comment below and let me know your store and location so that I can get this resolved for you.

According to my publisher, the book is selling like hot cakes on amazon.com; today when I went on their site, I saw that my book is now #2 in the Gluten Free category, behind Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s G-Free Diet.


posted on August 8, 2009, 29 comments

  1. Great tip regarding the pits! I had no idea. This recipe looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it out. :)

  2. Just recorded this recipe!! Thank you for featuring yet another incredibly tantalizing creation!!

  3. Mia

    This looks delicious…! I make guacamole all the time in this way with just a dash of salt and pepper.
    I already read my whole cookbook and I’m just awaiting my almond flour and celtic sea salt to arrive. Then I will be a busy bee making all the delicious dishes! I haven’t had any decent crackers in a long time so those rosemary ones are first on my list.
    ps: I’m sure you will be #1 in the G-Free category soon! …hip hip hooray…

    **oh not to mention, we are the proud family of 5 baby chicks! they are adorable and we are excited for when we get our first organic eggs =). My boys are going to learn early on about more natural and healthy food.

  4. Risa

    I have recommended your book to many of my GF patients. I hope it gets into book stores soon

  5. veggievixen

    mmm i love avocados! yet another reason i wish i lived in california. does putting the pit into the bowl really help it not to brown? i usually just add a ton of lemon juice.

  6. Paula

    Elana, I haven’t seen your book anywhere in Phoenix, AZ at either Borders or Barnes & Noble. I’m about to order from Amazon because I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  7. Lenee

    Went to my local Barnes and Noble, it was not in stock only available by special order. It came in this week and I just picked up your cookbook today! It is wonderful! It is so exciting to look at a cookbook in which I can eat all the recipes in it!!! I just ordered my second 5lb bag of honeyville almond flour and can’t wait to make the lemon bars they look delicious!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and experience!!! I appreciate your approach with low glycemic recipes since I am a diabetic and celiac. I am thankful for your care and dedication to the recipes you continue to share!!! Thank you, Lenee Fayetteville, AR

  8. Margaret Roach @ thesisterproject.com

    Thank you *so* much for sharing your story with us at The Sister Project, from me, the oldest TSP sister, and a fellow avocado-as-supper (or anytime!) lover.

    I laughed out loud when I saw you say that the new cookbook is “selling like hotcakes.” Gluten-free hotcakes, I presume.

    Thanks again for all your generosity, and creativity.

  9. Kate

    Elana-
    Congrats on your book’s success. I’m sure it will be the #1 seller on Amazon before long :) I tried to purchase a copy at the Barnes & Noble in Edgewater, NJ and it was not available. I will probably purchase it online anyway. I love all these easy, summer recipes you have been posting. I am eating a primarily raw diet these days and I get lots of inspiration from your recipes. Thanks for everything you do and I hope you have a wonderful summer!

    Kate

  10. Hanni @ hannihaus.com

    Great idea to have avocados and veggies as a dinner side–i always think of it as a snack. I pre-ordered your book on Amazon, received it last Thursday and am already cooking your recipes. i pre-baked an almond flour pizza crust this morning and it smells wonderful.

  11. I actually make something very similar to this that I call “easy guacamole” (to distinguish from “real” guacamole which has a bit more chopping involved.) I use lime juice instead of lemon and add a bit of Spike, but I’m with you completely on the combination of chile and cumin for a tiny bit of spice!

    Congratulations on the book. I can’t wait to see it.

  12. Onelasttime

    There are very few in stores that have it in southern Ontario, Canada and they are all over an hour away from me. We can order through http://www.chapters.ca so that’s what I did.

  13. Hi Elana,
    I read about your book in the Daily Camera and immediately called Boulder Book store. They didn’t have it but special ordered it for me and I received it in two days. Love the book! Are you doing any classes in the fall? How do I find out about them?
    Thanks so much.

  14. Brenda

    I will try this easy avocado dip for sure. BTW, love your book.

  15. I never knew about the pit tip- thanks!

  16. Varaia

    I whip softened cream cheese into it. Nothing like making something even more fattening.

  17. Kristin

    I have no doubt that your book will soon be the #1 G-F cookbook. Since your book arrived on Tuesday from Amazon, I have made the Orange Apricot Scones, Scrumptious Sandwich Bread, Herbed Turkey Loaf, Black Bean Burgers, Peach Blueberry Crumble, Coconut Berry Crisp, Lemon Bars, and Apricot Tea Squares. Every single recipe has turned out wonderfully and everyone has loved them. There are so many more I can’t wait to try! The girls take turns choosing what we will make from it each day. Thank you for putting it all together.

  18. Tracy

    Hi Elana,

    Went to the Barnes N’ Noble in Woodland Hills, CA and they didn’t have it on the shelf. Of course they said they could order it, but I wanted it “right now”. boohoo. Just thought I would let you know since you asked.

    Thanks,
    Tracy

  19. Ania

    Elana,
    I tried to get your book at Barnes & Nobles this morning and they told me it wasn’t in the store but that I could order it and it would be there is 3-5 days. They said that it was probably in the warehouse. I was really surprised that it hadn’t hit the bookshelves yet. I am very excited waiting for it to try all the wonderful recipes in it. Thank you for your commitment to excellence. This store is located in Altoona, PA.
    Thanks again.

  20. Anything that is listed as a “go-to” dish, is the dish for me. Thanks for this. Like my sister above me (Margaret, in comments) I, too, like to think of an avocado as a meal.

  21. Tania Myers @ zosiaorganics.com

    Vanilla Plum Jam, AMAZING!! I have been looking for a jam recipe that uses agave instead of sugar. My mother in-law told me that I have to use real sugar to make great jam. I can’t wait to make this for her, she will be pleasantly surprised.

    I read through your blog and thought you might be interested in this site: http://www.zosiaorganics.com. Like you I am a mom and went from the corporate world to founding my own company where we produce Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegan skin care products.

    Thanks again for an awesome site!

  22. Katrina (gluten free gidget) @ glutenfreegidget.blogspot.com

    I didn’t know where to post or email this. So, here it is:
    I am passing on a blog award for bloggers that have touched my heart in one way or another. You have, so I’m passing on an award that was given to me.

    You can retrieve it at my blog: http://glutenfreegidget.blogspot.com/2009/08/id-like-to-thank-academy.html

    Thank you for sharing your lives with me and inspiring me in ways you will never know.

    Katrina
    http://www.glutenfreegidget.blogspot.com

  23. Congrats on all the book sales! I had never heard of saving an avo pit to prevent browning, but I am going to try that, thanks!

  24. Mia

    Hi Elana…and readers,

    I could just cry today. But not because there is anything sad to report. I received all the ingredients I was waiting for to start baking this afternoon. I spent a few hours in the kitchen. I have to say the crackers and cookies are the most delicious I have ever ever tasted. This includes other gluten free foods and wheat crackers and cookies. In fact I snacked so much on the herb crackers, sesame crackers, and Elana’s Chocolate Chip Cookies that I skipped lunch! Everything is so satisfying and you only need a couple of crackers to feel full and indulgent.
    I even took a picture of my herb crackers since that was my first recipe to try. I am so happy that I found this blog, book, and recipes. It has literally changed my life.
    I can’t wait for my husband to get here so I can give him some appetizers before dinner. And I am taking a mason jar filled with treats to my Great Uncle who has Celiac. He is going to be amazed at the greatness of the things we can do with almond flour.
    Thank you so much!!!!!

  25. Amy Green - Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free @ simplysugarandglutenfree.com

    It’s just fabulous that your book is having such success. You’ve definitely made a huge impact on the lives of so many people. Congrats!

  26. Good recipe. I am surely gonna try it. I like avocado. Avocado is very healthy and has many health benefits. It is rich in nutrients and is excellent as conditioner and makes one’s locks lustrous and smooth, it helps to get rid of the frizz from hair, also helps preventing hair loss and its nutrients helps for good hair growth.

  27. christina I.

    That is guacamole my friend! It comes in all shapes and sizes and thankfully gluten free.having ur nacho cheese trianglesfor the big day today yum..

  28. HI thanks for this – I actually found this page while looking for gluten free recipes as I’ve just been diagnosed with celiac AND an egg intolerance. I’m going to have to change my diet substantially. I’ll check out your book on Amazon! Cheers, Kitty.

  29. She Curmudgeon @ shecurmudgeon.com

    I work at a big suburban B & N and can tell you we’ve carried both your books, and in fact your cupcakes book was on the octagon at the front of the store around Mother’s Day, so it had really up-front placement in my store. After that, their shelf life is based mostly on sales.

    If new books like yours do well, they stand a chance of becoming backstock in the special diets section of the cookbook section, because that’s where they’re shelved. Newer books live on the shelves for a while until they reach a certain age and don’t sell– then we send them back to the publisher/warehouse. After that, if a customer wants it and it’s still in print, we special order it from the warehouses and vendors we source from. Unfortunately, though, we have to make room for new books, and gluten free/paleo/low carb is a REALLY hot topic. The special diets section is really overflowing with titles and while I always hand-sell your title– a lot of people want the huge “1000 recipes” titles. It’s hard to dissuade someone who’s never checked out your website that smaller is better over one book that’s going to give them everything they think they might need, especially if they’re on a budget and want one book to meet “all” their diet needs. It’s tough, because it’s not good customer service to say “But THIS food is better!”

    That said, I’ve made your cupcakes for my coworkers several times and they’ve ended up buying both of your cookbooks just because the food was so delicious– so here’s hoping just the employee sales volume drives you to formal backstock title status! The best thing I can recommend is that customers keep ordering through the store rather than the website, because it’s the only way to get it onto the shelf– it’s how the managers make those decisions, if they see a title that keeps being special ordered over and over.

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