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Cancer Treatment Recipe: Peanut Butter Snack Spread

CommentsPosted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Aug 16, 2013 in Nutrition

honeyPBPatients undergoing cancer treatment often suffer appetite loss or a change in smell or taste as a side effect of radiation and/or chemotherapy. These side effects make it difficult for patients to eat consistently and consume the calories and nutrition their body needs as it goes through treatment.

One of the ways patients can get that necessary food energy is by adding calories to an easy-to-eat snack or meal.

Woman’s Hospital has plenty of recipes to help cancer patients get their needed nutrition, and many of them require items you probably already have in your pantry, such as the Peanut Butter Snack Spread.

By combining a few simple ingredients, patients can get a high-calorie snack that should not be affected by their changing appetite and taste.



  • 1 tablespoon nonfat instant dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 5 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine dry milk, water and vanilla, and stir to moisten.

Add honey and peanut butter and stir slowly until blended.

Spread on crackers and enjoy!

The mixture also can be formed into balls, chilled and eaten as candy. It keeps well in the refrigerator, but it can become hard to spread when cold.


Yield: 6 tablespoons

Serving Size: 3 tablespoons

Calories per serving: 279 calories

Protein per serving: 11 grams

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