Friday, August 6, 2010

115. Banana Fluff, Sweet Idea

I had never associated anything but goodness with bananas, but I recently found out that they can cause allergy problems especially for people who are allergic to, of all things, laytex. Actually, those who have laytex allergies may also be allergic to a number of plant products.

This response is known as the latex-fruit syndrome...something I had never heard of before. Fruit involved in this latex allergy syndrome include banana, pineapple, avocado, chestnut, kiwi fruit, mango, passionfruit, strawberry, and soy. Some of these fruits actually contain a form of latex. Natural latex comes from rubber trees, and it is a plant, it is not too great a leap to connect the latex-allergy dots back to other plants.

Hopefully, today's post will not cause anyone an unpleasant reaction but,  it must be mentioned that it does contain bananas! This recipe is a little summertime treat, requires minimum effort and few also can be made for just one or two servings...what a great idea!

Banana Fluff

1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/4 C milk or soy milk
1/2 C whipped topping
1 diced, ripe banana
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 cookies, crushed
Walnuts, chopped

Combine marshmallows and milk in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Fold in whipped topping and add banana and vanilla. Spread cookie crumbs on the bottom of two dessert or custard cups. Top with banana mixture and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Chill before serving. 2 servings

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