Mesothelioma patients going through treatment must remember to keep their bodies strong. Sometimes that means snacking because they cannot eat a full meal. Here are a few muffin recipes that can be very beneficial to any mesothelioma patient that is experiencing a change in their appetite.

A Helpful Muffin for Chemotherapy

When a mesothelioma patient is going through chemotherapy, it is very common to experience side effects of nausea, vomiting, or constipation. This recipe is made with ginger. Ginger is known to help with nausea and to help soothe the stomach.

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    Gingerbread Muffins

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  • 1 ½ cups of whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ⅓ cup of canola oil
  • 1 cup of light molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Coat a muffin pan with nonstick spray or line it with muffin/cupcake paper liner.
  • Combine flours, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a bowl.
  • In another bowl whisk sugar and oil together. Add the molasses and eggs to the mixture and continue whisking until ingredients are blended.
  • In a measuring cup combine water and baking soda. Stir ingredients until baking soda is dissolved. Pour the mixture into your egg mixture. Whisk all of the ingredients together until blended.
  • Pour egg mixture into your flour mixture and stir all of the ingredients until they are combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into your muffin pan or muffin/cupcake papers. Fill either one about ½ way full.
  • Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes.

This recipe comes from the cookbook, Eating Well Through Cancer. The recipe makes about 20 muffins and they freeze well.

A Fiber Packed Muffin

This recipe includes chia seeds. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and manganese. This recipe also substitutes sugar and oils with bananas, applesauce, and maple syrup. By making these replacements, it helps make these muffins even richer in nutrients. Having a diet rich in nutrients helps keep a patient strong during treatment and it also helps them with healing.

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    Wheat Germ Muffins with Blueberries

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  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • ¾ cup of maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of blueberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a bowl combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chia seeds.
    In a separate bowl mash bananas.
  • In the bowl with bananas add: maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla extract, and eggs. Blend these ingredients well.
  • Fold dry ingredients into banana mixture in 3 stages until well combined.
  • Pour into non-stick muffin tin or muffin/cupcake paper liner.
  • Top each muffin with blueberries and push some of the berries into the batter.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

This recipe comes from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The recipe makes about 24 muffins.

A Vitamin Packed Muffin

This recipe calls for the use of carrots. Carrots contain antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are important to the body. This vegetable helps boost your immune system and helps maintain your digestive health.

Using applesauce and yogurt in this recipe makes these muffins very soft and moist. This would be beneficial to any mesothelioma patient that is experiencing a sore mouth or a sore throat from their treatment.

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    Carrot Muffins

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  • 1 cup of oat bran
  • 1 ¼ cup of whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 3 carrots
  • 8 ounces of plain yogurt
  • ½ cup egg substitute
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup of seedless raisins
  • ⅓ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
    Spray muffin tin with vegetable oil cooking spray or line with muffin/cupcake paper liner.
    Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Shred the carrots.
  • Mix the following: shredded carrots, yogurt, egg substitute, applesauce, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla. Add walnuts until well blended.
  • Stir the dry mixture gently into the liquid mixture. Do this until the flour is moistened, but do not over mix!
  • Spoon the mixture into your muffin tin or muffin/cupcake paper liner.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

This recipe also comes from the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. The recipe makes anywhere from 8 to 12 muffins.

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    Sources & Author

  1. Food for Nausea – Gingerbread Muffins Make Easy Holiday Snack. Holly Clegg's. Retrieved from: Accessed: 08/02/2017.
  2. 10 Impressive Benefits Of Carrots. Organic Facts. Retrieved from: Accessed: 08/02/2017.
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About the Writer, Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She writes and edits pages to make sure that mesothelioma patients and their families receive the most current and significant information about mesothelioma.