Stewed prunes are healthy and delicious. Even if you don’t need constipation relief, you will love the taste!
Stewed prunes might 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 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 them 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 avoid over-indulging. As you can see in the recipe card below, a recommended serving is 4-5 prunes.
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.
When cooked, they 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.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need four simple ingredients to make this tasty snack. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- Pitted prunes
How to make stewed prunes
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- Place the ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Refrigerate to allow the stew to thicken.
Are stewed prunes healthy?
I believe they are. Prunes are rich in fiber and in important antioxidants. Although if you need to limit your carb intake, they might not be the best choice for you.
How to eat them?
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 to do with leftover stewed prunes?
They are delicious when served warm, but you can also eat them cold, after being refrigerated overnight (or longer). They do keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 4-5 days.
If you’d like to reheat the leftovers, do so very gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power.
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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.