Benefit-rich eggs are a serious powerhouse food. They’re a relatively inexpensive source of meat-free protein that can help prevent disease, improve eye health and help you drop pounds. And while they’re most often enjoyed as a breakfast food or a baking ingredient, they make a pretty tasty — and popular — appetizer in the form of deviled eggs.
Are Deviled Eggs Bad for You?
Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs that have had the yolks removed and mixed with other ingredients, which are then stuffed back into the egg. Why are they called “deviled eggs”? Back in the 1800s, “deviled” foods referred to foods that were super seasoned: that’s where the name for deviled eggs, devil’s food cake and other naughty foods came from. (1)
While they might taste good, traditional deviled eggs are a fairly unhealthy food. Most of that is thanks to the mayonnaise they’re usually drowning in; just 1 tablespoon of mayo has about 90 calories. When you consider that most store-bought mayo brands are also made with GMO-laden canola or vegetable oils, it’s clear that deviled eggs with mayonnaise aren’t the healthiest option.
But what if you could replace the creamy texture that mayonnaise provides with another ingredient, something that adds flavor, texture and health benefits? It’s time to replace your old recipe with these Avocado Deviled Eggs.
Avocado deviled eggs are a deliciously healthy option. One egg is about 78 calories and has a whopping 6.3 grams of protein, while one serving of avocado is packed with 113 calories, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and protein. That’s a lot for the little green fruit!
These healthy deviled eggs are vegetarian friendly, dairy-free and fit into Paleo and ketogenic diets. In other words, there’s no reason not to make them!
How to Make Avocado Deviled Eggs
Best of all, these avocado deviled eggs are ready in under an hour, making them perfect for impromptu guests or to take as a party appetizer. Let’s get cooking.
First, we need to hard-boil the eggs. In a medium pot, add the eggs and cover with water until they’re fully submerged. Bring them to a boil, then remove from heat and cover the pot for 12–13 minutes.
Next, fill a large bowl with ice water. Use a slotted spoon to gently place the eggs into the bowl.
Let the eggs chill here for 5 minutes.
Next, remove the shell from the eggs and slice in half lengthwise, removing the yolk.
Add the yolk, along with the avocado and spices to a bowl.
Mix all of the ingredients until they’re well combined.
Now, spoon the avocado/yolk mixture into the egg halves.
Top each egg half with fresh cilantro and a drizzle of fresh lime juice. Serve at your next event and watch your guests devour!
- 4–6 eggs
- 1 avocado
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, optional*
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- In a medium pot add eggs and cover with water until fully submerged.
- Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and cover for 12–13 minutes.
- Fill a large bowl with ice water and, using a slotted spoon, gently place eggs in the bowl, allowing eggs to chill for 5 minutes.
- Remove outer casing from eggs and slice in half lengthwise, removing the yolk.
- Add the yolk, along with the avocado and spices to a bowl, mixing together until well combined.
- Add the mixture to the egg halves.
- Drizzle with lime juice and top with cilantro.
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