Let’s get dipping the elemental way


Reading a very interesting blog by http://www.applseedcuisine.com, spurred me on to create my own mayonnaise suitable for a mostly elemental diet.

I like real mayo, full fat and thick – no additives. Having to advise my clients to avoid mayo is one of the hardest things I have to do; hence I’m always looking for suitable recipes or commercial options (depending on which allergen should be avoided).

However, I have long given up on finding a mayonnaise suitable for an elemental diet. One of the most efficient ways of dealing with Eosinophilic Esophagitis is using and elemental diet. This diet involves a trial period of drinking an elemental (amino acid) formula with a few allergen-free ingredients allowed. This list of “allowed” foods differ from physician to physician – so always check with your physician before adding any foods to your diet.

Once the inflammation in the oesophagus is under control or sufficiently reduced, your physician may recommend introducing some typical low allergen food. This usually involves fruit and vegetables and the particular variety is chosen after discussion with the family. These could be apples, pear, cucumber, broccoli, carrot etc.

This is the point when I often think: If only we could find a mayo-like sauce to dip these foods in! I decided to try and create a mayonnaise with only the allowed ingredients on our local elemental diet.


Healthy Allergen-Free Mayonnaise Recipe:

5 tablespoons elemental formula powder*

¼ cup refined oil (soy or corn)

2 drops distilled vinegar

1 tablespoon water

Mix all the ingredients together in a blender or just use a whisk.

The recipe does not provide a lot of mayo because this will not last long in the fridge. I therefore recommend to make a new batch each day.

Just a few tips:

  • The longer the mixture is refrigerated, the ticker it becomes.
  • The osmolality of this product is very high – so check with your physician before trying the recipe and make sure that you/your child drink sufficient fluid.
  • If you want the sauce sweeter for just dipping fruit, add 1 tsp sugar/golden syrup (if allowed) or see recipe below.
  • I would not suggest adding extra salt for a saltier taste, but once herbs are being trialled, these can be added.

* I have tested all of the current amino acid based formulas available in the USA.

As an alternative, I also used Neocate Nutra/Spoon, the consistency was perfect, but the taste slightly too sweet to be considered a mayonnaise.


Healthy Allergen-Free “Sweeter” Dipping Sauce Recipe:

1 sachet Neocate Nutra/Spoon*

2 fl oz. or 4 tablespoons water

Mix together well using a whisk


1 tablespoon refined oil (soy or corn)

2 drops distilled vinegar or citric acid mixed with water

1 tablespoon water

Mix all the ingredients together in a blender or just use a whisk.

I recommend that you make a new batch each day.

*contains rice starch- do check with your physician if suitable

Just a tip:

  • As the taste is slightly sweeter, I suggest to use is as a dipping sauce for carrots and allowed fruit once these are re-introduced

Happy dipping!

I used free samples to create the recipes.