3 Recipes for Mesothelioma Patients on National Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 19th is recognized as National Oatmeal Muffin Day. Here at Mesothelioma Guide, we’ve gathered 3 oatmeal muffin recipes that we hope you enjoy.

So what are you waiting for? Get your bake on.

  • 1

    Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins




This recipe is from the Regional Cancer Center. It makes about 12 muffins and you can even freeze the ones that you don’t eat. This allows you to defrost them when you are looking for a healthy snack that is light on your stomach.
What you’ll need:


  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oats

  • 1 cup of low-fat buttermilk

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon of salt

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup of light brown sugar

  • ½ cup of applesauce

  • ⅓ cup of canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


Steps:

  • 1

    Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • 2

    Combine oats and buttermilk in a bowl. Set aside.
  • 3

    In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • 4

    Beat eggs in another bowl. Add to beaten eggs: brown sugar, applesauce, canola oil, and vanilla. Stir together.
  • 5

    Add egg mixture to your oat mixture. Blend well.
  • 6

    Add your dry ingredients to your oat mixture. Stir gently until all ingredients are combined.
  • 7

    Pour your mixture into a muffin tin or paper liners. Make sure that you spray your muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray if you aren’t using liners.
  • 8

    Bake for 13 to 18 minutes.


Did You Know?
Oatmeal muffin recipes have been appearing in American cookbooks since the mid-1800s.


  • 2

    Cranberry Apple Oat Muffins





This recipe comes from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This institute is affiliated with Brigham & Women’s Hospital, which is home to the International Mesothelioma Program. The recipe makes about 14 muffins.
What you’ll need:


  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup of oats

  • ¼ cup of flax seeds

  • ⅓ cup of brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • ¾ cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt

  • ½ cup of skim milk

  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries

  • 2 apples


Steps:

  • 1

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • 2

    In a bowl combine: whole wheat flour, flax seeds, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • 3

    In another bowl whisk: yogurt, milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • 4

    Place your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients. Stir well.
  • 5

    Drop in your cranberries and apples. Stir gradually until all ingredients are combined.
  • 6

    Pour your mixture into a sprayed nonstick cooking muffin tin or paper liners.
  • 7

    Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

NOTE: Make sure that you wash and remove the stems of the cranberries. Before cutting your apples, wash, remove their cores, and peel them.


  • 3

    Banana Oatmeal Muffins




This recipe was found on the website for Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center. It makes about 12 muffins.
What you’ll need:


  • 1 cup of older-fashioned oats

  • 1 cup of fat-free buttermilk

  • 1 ½ cups of flour

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup of applesauce

  • 1 cup of mashed bananas

  • ½ cup of light brown sugar

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


Steps:

  • 1

    Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • 2

    In a bowl combine oats and buttermilk. Set aside.
  • 3

    In another bowl whisk: flour cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • 4

    Add egg to your bowl of oats. Beat well your ingredients.
  • 5

    Add to your bowl of oats: applesauce, banana, and sugar. Whisk until blended.
  • 6

    Add the remainder of your dry ingredients to your oats. Whisk well.
  • 7

    Pour your mixture into paper liners or a sprayed muffin pan.
  • 8

    Sprinkle walnuts on top.
  • 9

    Bake for 20 minutes.


NOTE: To get a cup of bananas you’ll need about 2 or 3. When combining your ingredients, don’t overmix them. Mixing them too much will make your muffins tough.


Oatmeal: A Super Food for Mesothelioma Patients


There are many health benefits that are related to eating oatmeal muffins. One ingredient that makes these muffins so special is oatmeal.

According to the website LiveStrong, “Although research is not conclusive, there is evidence that eating oatmeal in your regular diet can help fight cancer.”



Oatmeal is a food that is rich in fiber and antioxidants. Research has revealed that a diet with these characteristics can help lessen the risks of cancer developing.

“Antioxidants help block damage done by free radicals, fighting cancer and reducing its risk,” states the National Cancer Institute website.



Benefits of having fiber in your diet helps


  • Prevent or relieve constipation

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Control blood sugar levels

  • Lower cholesterol levels


Benefits of having antioxidants in your diet helps


  • Protect the body’s cells from damage

  • Anti-aging

  • Inflammation

  • Benefit the immune system

Helping with Mesothelioma Treatment Side Effects


Many mesothelioma patients find that oatmeal can be beneficial during their treatment. Sometimes a patient may experience a loss in their appetite due to some of the side effects they may be experiencing.

Some common symptoms patients may experience are


  • Fatigue

  • Pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Constipation

  • Nausea

  • A sore throat or mouth



Some patients may not be able to eat much or they might not have an appetite at all. Oatmeal can help because it delivers a lot of nutrition to our bodies.

Since oatmeal is a soft food, it is easy for a patient to chew and swallow. This can be beneficial to a patient that is experiencing a sore throat or stiff neck from chemotherapy.

Do you have a favorite oatmeal or muffin recipe? We would love to learn about it. Share it with us in a comment below.

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.