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Survivor/During Treatment |210 calories per serving|20 minute recipe

Polenta with Fruit Compote

This content was last updated on May 6, 2020

This recipe is a smooth and flavorful breakfast for patients with cancer. Sweet maple syrup is paired with tart berries for a flavorful fruit compote. This delicious treat is an ideal meal or snack for those experiencing taste changes, aversions to sour taste or difficulty swallowing. Rich in antioxidants and fiber, this breakfast is an easy, nutritious and balanced meal.

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  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups frozen berries
Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 210 calories, 1.5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 46 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber.


  1. Add warm water to saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, mix cornmeal and cold water, stirring until combined.
  3. To boiling water, add cornmeal mixture, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup and salt. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and stir occasionally.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  5. While cornmeal is simmering, add fruit and remaining 2 Tbsp. maple syrup to saucepan.
  6. Heat over medium heat, until fruit cooks down into compote.
  7. To serve, top cornmeal with fruit compote.


Recipe in partnership with Cancer Support Community.

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January 6, 2021

The cornmeal did not specify white or yellow so I used yellow which tasted good. While it was cooking, I deduced at the last second that a second pan was required for the compote rather than add the fruit to the cornmeal. This makes so much for one person that I will cut it at least in half the next time. I used frozen strawberries and blueberries. This recipe was easy to swallow and provided a nice somewhat sweet taste upon finishing my last chemo treatment a week ago.