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Whole30 Mayo – Paleo Mayo {Whole30 | Paleo | Keto}

Make the creamiest Homemade Whole30 Mayo in under two minutes! Skip the sketchy ingredients in store-bought mayonnaise and whip up a batch today. Conventional, Keto and Whole30/Paleo options are included in the recipe.

homemade mayo in a blue canning jar with a lemon bowl of salt, and rosemary on a white board

Anyone who has read this blog for more than a hot second knows the revulsion that mayo induces in me. I’ve dedicated whole swaths of this blog to recreating mayo-free classics like Chicken Salad With Greek Yogurt and Dill or Easy Deviled Eggs With Greek Yogurt.

And yet here I am with a recipe for homemade Whole30 mayo. Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

My issue is the dude I am married to and kinda like a bit, is a big mayo lover. We decided to do a Whole30 for shits and giggles one month and store-bought mayo was a big no-no for 30 days.

This paleo mayo recipe has probably had more iterations than WD-40 (it took the people who made it 40 tries before finding the current recipe…), but I’ve finally found one that makes Troy say “this tastes like Best Foods” (Hellman’s to my East Coast readers).  I’m still repulsed by it indifferent, but the mayo fiend enjoys it.

Don’t want to make your own? Primal Kitchen makes a compliant mayo that people seem to love. The best price for Primal Kitchen products is on Thrive Market. This link will qualify you for an extra 25% off your first purchase.

Is If Safe To Make Homemade Mayo?

For the smoothest mayonnaise, you’ll want to use raw egg yolks at room temperature. You’ll refrigerate the finished product but the yolks will never be cooked. Due to this fact, only use egg yolks from sources that you trust.

Fun fact: the color of your egg yolks will dictate the final product color of your mayo. I always wonder how store-bought mayo is bleached white when even the cheapest factory farmed yolks are yellow. The mayo in the photos for this post were laid by our spoiled backyard chickens. They give me the prettiest bright orange yolks.

And a ton of attitude.

Is Mayo Allowed on Whole30? What About Paleo?

Yes, but finding the right brand can be very tricky. Most commercial brands of mayo contain sugar or soybean oil and thus are not Whole30 and/or paleo approved. Making it yourself takes under two minutes, so why not skip the sketchy ingredients and whip some up today?

What Kind of Oil Should I Use in Whole30 Mayo?

You want an oil will a low flavor profile so that it doesn’t overwhelm the finished product. Just using all olive oil is way too strong, and soybean and canola are banned on Whole30.

Over time I’ve found it is best to use a mix of different oils. Melted expeller-pressed coconut oil adds a good texture, walnut oil or avocado oil are tasteless, and just a small amount of olive oil gives it a great flavor. Avoid virgin coconut oil as it does have a coconutty taste.

If you use coconut oil, this oil is solid below 76 degrees. The finished product will be a slightly thicker mayo after it has been chilled in the fridge. The olive, avocado, and/or walnut oil make it spreadable.

The mixture of oils is essential to not making this homemade mayo taste like a pile of crap.

What Tools Do I Need to Make Mayo?

A bowl, a whisk, and a strong bicep are technically all you need. But if you don’t feel like exhausting your arm, a food processor or an immersion blender will make the job a lot easier. If you use the immersion blender, you can mix and store everything right in a simple pint-sized canning jar. Yay for fewer dishes!

How To Make Whole30 Mayo – Step by Step

  1. Whatever method you are using (food processor, bowl and whisk, or the immersion blender), blend the egg yolks and egg together for 45 seconds. Pro tip: eggs MUST be a room temperature.process shots for homemade mayo
  2. While the food processor/immersion blender is running, add the lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar), salt, and dijon. Blend.
  3. Slowly add the oils in a steady stream. Keep blending until it looks like, um, mayo.
  4. Carefully read the recipe notes for options for the next steps.Process shots for making homemade mayo

Recipe Notes For Whole30 Mayo

  • Make sure your eggs are room temperature.
  • If you are using a food processor, most will come with a little plastic insert for the lid that has a small hole in it. That is designed to slowly add the oil in while making homemade mayonnaise. Use this insert to make the process even easier.
  • If you are using an immersion blender you can add ALL the ingredients together at once in the mason jar. Position your stick blender at the bottom of the jar and blend moving the blender up and down until everything is blended. I prefer to add things in shifts because I think it keeps the mixture from “breaking” at a later time i.e., the oil and eggs separating.
  • Store in the fridge in a container with a lid. It will last seven days. After that, the freaky chick from The Ring will climb out of the jar. Don’t let that happen.
  • If you are not following a Whole30/Paleo diet, adding 2-3 tbsp of whey to the finished product will create a homemade mayo that will last at least a month.
    • What is whey you may ask? It’s the watery liquid that comes off of yogurt that everyone shuns and dumps into the sink. Try making your own yogurt sometime. I mean, you’re willing to make mayo; why not yogurt too?
    • Mix the whey into the finished product and leave the covered container at room temperature for 7 hours.  Yeah I know, that sounds freaky, but it’s not actually that scary.  It’s called lacto fermenting and smarter people than me have found that the whey creates an explosion of good bacteria that is good for you and prevents your food from spoiling.

If you like mayo (<—–still a firm nope for me), you’ll love this homemade Whole30 mayo.

homemade mayo on a spoon with salt and a lemon on a white board

Whole30 Mayo – Paleo Mayo WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Whole30 Mayo – Paleo Mayo has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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Whole30 Mayo - Paleo Mayo {Whole30 | Paleo | Keto}
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make the creamiest homemade mayo in under two minutes! Skip the sketchy ingredients in store-bought mayonnaise and whip up a batch today. Conventional, Keto and Whole30/Paleo options are included in the recipe.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: French
Keyword: homemade mayo
Servings: 20
Calories: 52 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whatever method you are using (food processor, bowl and whisk, or the immersion blender), blend the egg yolks and egg together for 45 seconds.

  2. While the food processor/immersion blender is running, add the lemon juice (or ACV), salt, and dijon. Blend.

  3. Slowly add the oil in a steady stream. Keep blending until it looks like, um, mayo. Carefully read the recipe notes for options for the next steps.

Recipe Notes

If you are using a food processor, most will come with a little plastic insert for the lid that has a small hole in it. That is designed to slowly add the oil in while making homemade mayonnaise. Use this insert to make the process even easier.

 

If you are using an immersion blender you can add ALL the ingredients together at once in the mason jar. Position your stick blender at the bottom of the jar and blend moving the blender up and down until everything is blended. I prefer to add things in shifts because I think it keeps the mixture from "breaking" at a later time i.e., the oil and eggs separating.

 

Store in the fridge in a container with a lid. It will last seven days. 

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Mayo - Paleo Mayo {Whole30 | Paleo | Keto}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 comments on “Whole30 Mayo – Paleo Mayo {Whole30 | Paleo | Keto}”

  1. I forking LOVE mayo, it’s the only thing I want to dip my fries in, so this is just a beauty to behold. And the color of those yolks is incredible. Drooling over here! I had no idea about using whey in homemade mayo, I will be sure to try that next time.

  2. I stopped eating mayo in high school after reading the ingredients, but I always missed it in certain things. I was so happy when we switched to paleo and I found a way to make it at home.

    If yogurt was as easy to make as mayo, I’d have been making it for years also. It’s that steady temp that I’m not sure I can maintain without adding one more contraption to my kitchen.

    And isn’t it crazy the things we do for those we love?

  3. Whew, I was worried you were going over to the dark side. You are my example as to why it’s not weird that I can’t stand mayo. I should probably pay you royalties for all the time I mention you and your website. Thanks for the recipe…still not willing to try it. I did love the mayo-less chicken salad, though.

    • Ha, never fear my friend. I remain a mayo-hater for life.

      I think affiliate programs would mean I pay YOU for mentions. But since you’re willing to work for free…

  4. Quinn, I mix it in at the very end. It is fully incorporated with the mayo.

  5. Is the whey mixed in or poured on top?

  6. omg, the grossest.

  7. I just started making my own mayo full time in the last few weeks, because I just cant stand the the horrid ingredients in the stuff at the store anymore. And the price of organic, YIKES!!

    I forgot about using whey, thank for the reminder!!!!!
    Shalom,Moira