“Stewed Prunes” may be forever tied to “constipation relief,” but they are delicious and healthy, and hey, eating something good for one’s digestion is not such a bad idea. Prunes are tasty – sweet, but not cloyingly so (unlike dates for example); they have a deep, complex flavor; they are rich in fiber and in antioxidants; and despite being high in sugar, a serving of prunes has a low glycemic index of 29.
Stewed prunes are especially delicious. The cooking softens them, and they end up swimming in the most delicious syrup. Eat them on their own as a healthy dessert, or spoon them on top of plain Greek yogurt for a filling, healthy breakfast.
- 16-20 pitted prunes, depending on their size (160 grams)
- 1½ cups water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Place the prunes in a small saucepan.
- Add the water, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until prunes are soft and swimming in syrup.
- Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This allows the syrup to thicken and flavors to develop. Serve alone as dessert, or spoon on top of plain Greek yogurt.