Stewed prunes are healthy and delicious. Even if you don’t need constipation relief, you will love the taste!
Stewed prunes may be forever tied in our minds to constipation relief, but they are actually delicious and healthy, and hey, eating something good for one’s digestion is not such a bad idea.
Do stewed prunes help with constipation?
Prunes do seem to have a mild laxative effect. It looks like you would need to consume about 100 grams of stewed prunes if you’re hoping to get that effect. A prune weighs about 10 grams, so that would mean 10 prunes.
This also means that if you DON’T need help in that department, you should limit your consumption of stewed prunes. As you can see in the recipe card below, a recommended serving of stewed prunes is 4-5 prunes. So that should be okay.
Prunes are good even if you don’t have constipation!
Prunes are tasty! They are sweet, but not cloyingly so (unlike dates for example). They have a deep, complex flavor. Stewed prunes are especially delicious. The cooking softens them, and they end up swimming in the most delicious syrup. Just as important, making them is so easy. See the recipe card below. This is a truly easy, simple recipe.
Are prunes healthy?
I believe they are. Prunes are rich in fiber and in antioxidants. And despite being high in sugar, a serving of prunes has a low glycemic index of 29. Some studies have even shown that they can help promote weight loss.
How to eat stewed prunes?
You can eat them on their own as a healthy dessert. Or spoon them on top of plain Greek yogurt for a filling, healthy breakfast or snack.
What about leftovers?
Stewed prunes are delicious when served warm, but they can also be eaten cold, after being refrigerated overnight (or longer). They do keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 4-5 days.
Other fruit stews that you might like
Stewed Prunes Recipe
- 16-20 pitted prunes, depending on their size (160 grams)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 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.