Here’s a surprisingly healthy recipe from yours truly.
Some of the steps will seem surprising to you. In fact you probably won’t need them at all. One of the difficulties with having a food allergy is that you have to take steps to mitigate the risk of an allergic reaction. This might be through complete avoidance of the foodstuff in question. There are some items which I avoid anyway such as apples, which is one of the reasons I can’t drink the shop-bought smoothies, as they are frequently apple-juice based.
In my case, I can get around my OAS by cooking the fruit first. Unfortunately this will destroy some if not all of the Vitamin C (although to be fair reading up about how fragile Vitamin C is, just looking at it wrongly is likely to damage it!) As such when I pick my fruit, I freeze it until I need to use it.
Red-fruit yoghurt smoothie – OAS friendly!
This is quite quick to do. Due to my own food allergy I have to take a bit longer by cooking the fruit and letting it cool down. If you can eat fruit raw then you do not need to do this.
- Some Blackberries
- Some Raspberries
- Some Blackcurrants
- 2 Bananas
- 100 ml Orange juice (or squeeze some oranges)
- 1 thumb-size piece Ginger
- 2 dessert spoons Honey
- 500 g Greek Yoghurt
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Icecream (If you can't bear the thought of a healthy smoothie)
- heat the soft fruit in a saucepan along with the orange juice, honey, sugar (if needed) and grated ginger until simmering but not boiling. I have to do this to destroy the allergen in the fruit. If you don’t suffer with OAS then you can avoid this step.
- pour the saucepan mix into a blender and allow to cool.
- slice the banana into the mixture and blitz until smooth (I’m able to eat bananas and citrus without cooking them these days, so I add them now).
- Add the Yoghurt and ice-cream and blitz again until smooth. Blitzing the mix gets some air into it which makes for a fluffier texture.
- Pour into dessert glasses and chill before serving (not required if you’ve not had to cook out the fruit).