Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

mayosEditor’s Note:  This is part 2 of my new, ongoing series entitled Marilyn’s Journey to Really Master the Real Foods Diet and reverse the curse of Type 2 Diabetes.  I have much more to say and will be posting my updates, insights, candid comments, challenges, progress reports, recipes, and more during the upcoming weeks as I expect to reverse this diagnosis given enough time and determination.  In the meantime, I welcome your questions, comments, recipes, and testimonies.

In Part 1,  I closed explaining that my first consultation with my Nutritionist started and ended with a splitting headache and muscle aches and pains and I realized that I am starting a new chapter of my life!

During the last week, the headache, shoulder and upper back muscle aches have come and gone and come back again.  Now mind you, I’m not on a strict eating regime, yet, I’m just trying to clean up the obvious dietary flaws, my affection for cookies, freshly brewed coffee, and  elimination of ANY wheat products.

I have not attempted perfection, but I have accepted that transitioning to consuming nothing in a package or a box, and preparing everything from “scratch” will not happen overnight.

Here is what I have done well:

  1. I purchased no nitrate, all natural bacon.  (This cost $9.50 for a little over a pound.) No salty flavor.
  2. I purchased Honest Brand Purple potato chips cooked in coconut oil which my nutritionist says is a healthy, nutrient dense choice.  Yummy!

    Worth the extra cost

    Worth the extra cost

  3. I bought organic carrots, onions and chard.  I couldn’t find organic beets this week, or cauliflower or broccoli, so I bought conventional and made a fermented veggie salad anyhow.
  4. I made a list of breakfast and lunch menus that will be grain, dairy and sugar free.  It’s a pretty short list.
  5. I made fermented mayonnaise from scratch with sesame oil and just a little extra virgin olive oil.  Did you know the olive oil mayo in the store contains more water and soybean oil than olive oil according to the ingredient list I looked at?  My homemade mayo has a bitter taste and the recipe published below, will take a little more tweaking.
  6. I’m drinking peppermint tea with honey or stevia, lemon juice,  and coconut oil in the mornings or ginger tea with stevia and lemon instead of coffee, most mornings.
  7. I  soaked pecans and sunflower seeds in water overnight to neutralize phytates, enzyme inhibitors, and anti-nutrients, and then dried them.  They make a great snack.
  8. I made homemade cream of asparagus soup with real cream, coconut oil and quality ingredients.
  9. I even attended a graduation party and stayed away from obvious carbs and sugars.  My menu consisted of pulled pork, potato chips, green salad, unsweetened ice tea, and watermelon.  I AVOIDED eating the tempting white sourdough bun, pasta salad, lemonade, cookies, and cupcakes.  Progress!
  10. Began simmering a large pot of bone broth.

Fermented Homemade Mayo

Here is the homemade mayonnaise recipe I made Saturday, the flavor definitely is not like Hellman’s, so I’ll be working to perfect it.  The good part of this recipe is that the whey makes it a “fermented mayo” so it will be safe in the fridge for a long time.  Since it only makes one cup, I’m sure it will be used up quickly.  What’s wrong with soybean oil – I’ll talk about that and healthy fats in a future installment.  Maybe I’ll find an overpriced commercial version with quality ingredients that’s tasty!

Ingredient List:

3 egg yolks, room temperature

1 Tb lemon juice or Apple Cider Vinegar (I used lemon juice, didn’t like it)

1 tsp dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt (needs more I think)

2 tsp natural sweetener (I didn’t use anything – but I will next time since I didn’t have anything other that Sucanat and honey)

1 Cup good quality oil like extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, avocado, etc.

Whisk the eggs in the blender or food processor for 30 seconds or so, add the lemon juice or vinegar, salt, mustard, and then pour the oil in very slowly while the blender or processor is whirling.  You must pour this in a very small stream and slowly to avoid separation.  This recipe made up beautifully for me and very yellow, but the taste needs some tweeking.

Here is what I my goals are for the next week or two:

  1. Master a “healthy snack list” of more than four items.  So far I have crispy nuts, guacamole, sunflower seeds, and celery with nut butter.  Healthy snack, an oxymoron?
  2. Plan my meals and begin food preparation at least 24 hours in advance.
  3. Accept that my energy levels are lower and I need more rest, my emotions are “occasionally weepy” without an obvious cause.
  4. Source more organic, nutrient dense ingredients.
  5. Find a healthy snack with a bit of sweet.  We will be defining “healthy” in the future.  Just because it is organic may not mean it is a good choice with my new lifestyle.
  6. Getting back to more daily walking regime after injuring my knee last week.

If you have practical suggestions, please share them with me.

My name is Marilyn Moll, and many of you know me as  the founder and former owner of The Urban Homemaker.   Since I sold the business in 2011,  I work as a caregiver.   I am still mother to three,  grandmother to three grandsons,  a widow since 2008, semi-retired and now age 65.  

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6 comments to Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

  • Marilyn,

    I have some good suggestions to help you but don’t want to be all spammy and enter in links from my site here, but it’s so much easier than re-typing it all out. Let me know if that’s okay and I’ll include a couple links for the best grain-free sugar free recipe resource I’ve found AND the best advice for reversing type II diabetes.

    In the meantime, one tip for making mayo extra yummy (that recipe on my site is one of my most popular) is to add a little balsamic vinegar for a bit of sweet in place of the lemon juice, it’s so tasty, especially in a chicken salad and broccoli salad!


  • Janette

    Here is a link to the best homemade LF mayo recipe ever. The only change I make is replacing one of the tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar.

  • Paula Kreft

    Hi Marilyn,
    I went to a naturopathic consultant at the end of June this year. I left there with these instructions: no sugar, flour, lectin, gluten, bread, pasta, cereal, chicken, turkey, or pork. No milk products. 90% raw foods is the goal, lots of freshly juiced fruits and veggies. No peanuts or legumes!

    I love to bake! Have always eaten cookies, cake, etc. etc. and my weight is normal but am showing signs of inflammation. This diet is not so bad!! I am shocked that I have been off sugar for 2 months and those goodies don’t even appeal to me anymore! If I want ice cream, I take a frozen banana and blend it. Sometimes with a few blueberries or strawberries. So good you think it’s ice cream.

    For breakfast I used to make mocha coffee and that was it. Now I have a smoothie made with a frozen banana, blueberries, pineapple, 1/4 of an avocado for some healthy fat, a handful of almonds which I have soaked then dehydrated in a slow oven for 24 hours, 5 dates. Flax meal, protein powder, then fresh apple juice or water for extra moisture. If I need a snack I carry walnuts or almonds, again, soaked and dehydrated. Sometimes lunch is just those and freshly juiced fruit/veggies. I can only have grass fed meat or wild caught fish. So I make a huge romaine salad with hard boiled egg, canned salmon, nuts, seeds, fermented ginger carrots, homemade sauerkraut on the side. I absolutely love this salad dressing recipe: 1/2 c. Organic apple cider vinegar with the mother, 2 T. Honey, 1/4 c. Bragg’s liquid aminos, 1 c. flax oil. Add herbs of your choosing, I like garlic and cilantro. Let sit at room temp 4 hours, then store in the fridge. I have put canned salmon in half of a cantaloupe and poured a spoon of this dressing over it. So good!

    A recipe for something chocolate came up on my Facebook page with no flour or sugar. It is really good!

    Paleo Lava Cakes

    3 oz. dark chocolate
    1/3 c. Coconut oil
    4 eggs
    1/2 c. Cacao powder
    1/3 c. Honey
    1 t. Vanilla
    Warm the coconut oil enough to melt the chocolate. I use Nestles dark chips so I am sure there is some sugar! Mix everything together and bake in greased custard cups that have been dusted with cocoa powder. 350 degrees for about 12 min. Centers will be gooey “lava”.

    I also avoid all nitrates, raise my own organic chickens (and eggs), had an extensive garden which really helped given the price of organic produce. I have lost 10 pounds which means I can see every bone in my spine :(. But my inflammation is down and I have noticed that my mind is a whole lot clearer. My skin looks healthier (also using essential,oils), and my hair is getting thicker. It’s not so bad once you get used to it.

    Will follow your posts, thank you for those!


  • Marilyn Moll


    How do you measure 3 oz of chocolate chips, or what would be another option for the chocolate. I assume you don’t mean baker’s chocolate, unsweetened? Clarification would be appreciated.

  • Paula Kreft

    A 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips is about 2 cups so 3 oz. would be about 1/2 c.. I used the dark chocolate Nestles chips but there may be a sugar free version of those out there if you need to stay totally sugar free. I tend to think that the Baker’s unsweetened would be too bitter, but have not tried it. The recipe came up on my Facebook page written just as you see it.

    Love your chocolate chip cookie recipe, I fed some to an Alzheimer’s patient today who was being grouchy and I wish you could have seen the change in her attitude at the first bite :). She just kept opening her mouth for more.

  • Elaine Townsend

    My idea to perfect your recipe for mayo would be to cut back on the mustard & add a tiny bit Bragg’s Amino acidsto give it the soy flavor we all are so used to.
    Email me & let me know what you think.
    Years ago I ordered books and kitchen stuff from you & still love them. So I hope I can pass on a tip to you after years of wonderful tips from you on breads & other foods.
    Love to you Marilyn!

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