- Recommended for: Constipation, High Calorie, Poor Appetite, Diarrhea
- Makes ~14 servings
- Provides 400 calories, 6 grams protein per serving
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup coconut oil or canola oil or melted butter
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey
- ½ cup ground flax seeds or chia seeds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups nuts (chopped or whole). Try walnuts, pecans and almonds.
- ½ cup dried fruit (if desired, add after baking)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a large bowl, add oats, ground flax or chia seeds, nuts, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, melt coconut oil or butter. Add in maple syrup or honey, and cinnamon.
- Whisk to combine. Pour over oat mixture and stir to combine.
- Spread granola onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes, or until granola is golden brown. Add dried fruit to cooled granola.
- Oats can help with both constipation and diarrhea. They contain fiber to help keep things moving. Specifically, they provide water soluble fiber, which can help bind loose stools.
- Loose stool tip: To make this recipe work for loose stools, leave out the flax seeds, nuts and dried fruit and replace with ½ to 1 c almond or peanut butter.
- Constipation tip: To make this recipe work for constipation, add ground flax and extra dried fruit.
- Ground flaxseed is a good source of plant-basedomega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory agent. They also provide 40mg magnesium per tablespoon. Some chemotherapies lower blood magnesium levels.
- Add walnuts, pecans, ground flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds for another boost of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Recipe provided by MGH Cancer Center Dietitians