• Thick & Easy® Chocolate Lava Cakes

    With Valentine's Day right around the corner, here's a delicious dessert you can whip up for your loved one with nutritional modifications. The THICK & EASY® Chocolate Lava Cakes are perfect for those with swallowing difficulties and meet IDDSI Levels 4, 5 & 6. You'll need THICK & EASY® Pureed Bread & Dessert Mix, THICK & EASY® Clear Instant Food & Beverage Thickener, and a sweet tooth.

    Thick & Easy® Lava Cake

    Thick & Easy® Lava Cake recipe


    1. Lightly spray muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Stir together THICK & EASY® Pureed Bread & Dessert Mix, cocoa powder and sugar.
    3. Add chocolate syrup and THICK & EASY® Clear Instant Food & Beverage Thickener to milk; stir until thoroughly blended.
    4. Add chocolate milk mixture to bread mixture. Stir briskly with wire whip until mixture starts to thicken.
    5. Immediately portion into muffin cups. Cover and chill until set, about 10-15 minutes.
    6. Carefully remove prepared cake(s) from muffin cups and place on a serving dish.
    7. Using a spoon, make a small hole in the top of each cake and fill with about 1 teaspoon of chocolate syrup*.
    8. Top with whipped cream or chocolate frosting prior to serving.

    *Optional "lava" fillings include warm fudge sauce, strawberry or raspberry syrup (without seeds) or caramel syrup.

    Thick & Easy® Lava Cake nutrition facts

    Serving Suggestion: Pair cakes with either the Wild Berry or Vanilla Magic Cup™ Dessert for an added treat!

  • Thick & Easy ® Pureed Breakfast Bake

    Start your morning off right with our delicious THICK & EASY® Pureed Breakfast Bake recipe. Our recipe uses THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener to create a tasty breakfast bake that meets IDDSI Levels 4, 5 and 6, meaning it's perfect for those individuals suffering from dysphagia or swallowing difficulties.

    Thick & Easy Pureed Breakfast Bake

    *Such as a large custard cup, jumbo muffin tin, or individual pie pan


    1. Spray each pan or dish with a non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Add onion powder, salt and pepper to THICK & EASY® Thickener Powder; stir to combine.
    3. Stir mustard into water and add to Shape and Serve® mixture; blend until thoroughly mixed.
    4. Pour about half of the pureed mixture into prepared pan(s) and sprinkle with half of the cheese.
    5. Puree sausage or ham with water until smooth. Add THICK & EASY® Instant Food & Beverage Thickener and blend well.
    6. Stir together pureed meat and reserved pureed mixture; pour over mixture in pan.
    7. Insert knife or spatula into pan and pull through to gently swirl the two mixtures together. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
    8. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350°F or steam until knife inserted near center comes out clean. (Note: Times are approximate and should be adjusted for differences in oven and/or steamer conditions.)
    9.  Allow breakfast bake to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
    10. Cut into approximately 3 x 3 1/2 inch portions.

    Thick & Easy Breakfast Bake nutrition information

    *nutrition information calculated using cooked mild pork sausage and cheddar cheese

  • Thick & Easy® Snickerdoodle Cookies

    We're back with another holiday snack for you and your family to enjoy. Looking for a little bit more holiday spice than our Thick & Easy® Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies? These Thick & Easy® Snickerdoodle Cookies are the perfect winter warmer for those with swallowing difficulties, and pack great holiday taste into a snack that meets IDDSI Levels 4, 5 & 6.

    Follow along with our recipe that uses Thick & Easy® Bread & Dessert Mix to create a delicious dessert that you and your family will love. Continue reading

  • Thick & Easy® Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

    The holidays are perfect time for everyone to satisfy their sweet tooth craving, and those challenged by dysphagia or swallowing difficulties shouldn't be left out.

    Our Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies use THICK & EASY® PUREED BREAD & DESSERT MIX to create a dessert that meets IDDSI Levels 4,5 & 6 and, more importantly, is even delicious enough to set out for Santa.Thick & Easy Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie

    Thick & Easy Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie recipe


    1. Cream together peanut butter, softened butter and powdered sugar until well mixed.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine THICK & EASY PUREED BREAD & DESSERT MIX and water. Stir briskly until mixture starts to thicken.
    3. Add to peanut butter mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
    4. Cover and chill for 10-15 minutes.
    5. Portion into balls using #40 scoop or measure about 2 Tbsp per cookie.
    6. Flatten with a wide spatula and top each cookie with 1/2 tsp fudge topping.
    7. Portion 2 cookies per serving.

    Serving Option: For plain peanut butter cookies, omit fudge topping and flatten cookies with a fork, making a crisscross pattern.


    Serving Size: 2 cookies (about 2 Tbsp per cookie)

    Calories: 180

    Total Fat: 11g

    Saturated Fat: 3g

    Trans Fat: 0g

    Cholesterol: 5mg

    Sodium: 150mg

    Total Carbohydrates: 19g

    Dietary Fiber: <1g

    Total Sugars: 5g

    Added Sugars: 2g

    Protein: 5g

    Calcium: 4% DV

    Iron: 2% DV

    Potassium: 0% DV

    Vitamin A: 0% DV

    Vitamin C: 0% DV

    Give the gift of delicious dessert this winter to those with dysphagia and show that pureed desserts can be just as delicious as any other holiday snack. Looking for more delicious holiday recipes? Check out our THICK & EASY® Vanilla Cream Cheese Pumpkin Squares!

  • Thick & Easy® Vanilla Cream Cheese Pumpkin Squares

    Those with swallowing difficulties shouldn't have to miss out on the delicious desserts and treats that the holiday season has to offer.

    Our *Vanilla Cream Cheese Pumpkin Square* recipe uses THICK & EASY® Pureed Bread & Dessert Mix to create a delicious seasonal dessert that meets the IDDSI Level 4 (pureed) standard, and most importantly, will be a gift to your taste buds.

    Thick & Easy Vanilla Cream Cheese Pumpkin Square

    Vanilla Cream Cheese Pumpkin Squares ingredients


    1. Spray each pan with non-stick cooking spray
    2. Stir together the pumpkin puree, maple syrup and cold water in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine THICK & EASY® Pureed Bread & Dessert Mix and pumpkin pie spice. Add to pumpkin/water mixture and whisk rapidly with a wire whip until well combined.
    4. Immediately pour into prepared pan(s) and spread evenly with metal or rubber spatula to smooth the surface.
      NOTE: Mixture must be mixed and poured rapidly, otherwise it may become too thick to handle.
    5. Combine softened cream cheese with pudding and mix until smooth. Spread evenly over pumpkin mixture in pan.
    6. Spread whipped topping over pudding layer. Cover in plastic wrap.
    7. Refrigerate or freeze pan(s) for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving. (This will make it easier to remove portions from pan.)
    8. Cut each loaf pan into 6 - 2 1/2 x 3-inch pieces.
    9. Serve one individual dessert or one 2 1/2 x 3-inch piece.


    Serving Size: 1 2 1/2 x 3-inch piece

    Calories: 190

    Total Fat: 9g

    Saturated Fat: 5g

    Trans Fat: 0g

    Cholesterol: 15mg

    Sodium: 200mg

    Total Carbohydrates: 25g

    Dietary Fiber: <1g

    Total Sugars: 11g

    Added Sugars: 4g

    Protein: 4g

    Vitamin D: 0% DV

    Calcium: 8% DV

    Iron: 0% DV

    Potassium: 4% DV

    Vitamin A: 25% DV

    Vitamin C: 0% DV

    Now get cooking and show the rest of your family, swallowing difficulties or not, that pureed treats don't have to be bland and flavorless. You can find the THICK & EASY® Pureed Bread & Dessert Mix here along with the rest of our innovative Thick & Easy® products. Happy holidays from the Hormel Health Labs family to yours!



  • Healing Through Food

    Even on the most difficult days of Lucy Bernas’ long road of cancer treatment, including 17 surgeries and counting, she found ways to give back to others. Read and watch her story below to learn how cooking for others became her therapy--and find out why she is one of the most inspiring fans people we have ever met.

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  • Getting Enough Protein During Cancer Treatment

    Getting the right nutrition is essential during cancer treatment. This can be a challenge because chemo and radiation treatments can significantly affect your appetite and can make it more difficult to eat. Therefore, ensuring you still get enough protein, hydration and energy is important.

    Protein has a role in building and maintaining lean muscle mass and other bodily tissues. It also has a role in maintaining the function of various other body systems. Protein is a critical building block for your health, especially during cancer treatment when you need to maintain your strength and muscle mass.

    vital cuisine protein drinkWe created HORMEL VITAL CUISINE ™ products with the guidance of top nutritionists, dietitians and physicians, to help you through the challenges of cancer treatment. We’re dedicated to making sure that we provide you with much-needed nutritious protein to help maintain lean muscle mass and maintain your strength throughout treatment.

    Our convenient, ready-to-drink shakes have 25g of essential protein while also delivering a great balance of carbohydrates, fats and hydration. Our protein powders can be added to drinks, desserts or other foods to get you a solid 25g added dose of the protein you need.

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