One of the ingredients may seem an unlikely candidate – what my family calls dried plums, or what many others call prunes. My kids enjoy these as a snack. With their versatility and natural sweetness, we find them a great addition to many recipes.
For this post I have collaborated with @cadriedplumboard to create a recipe that gives you a new, interesting way to incorporate dried plums, I used California Prunes in this recipe.
These cookies can be a great after-school snack with some fruit or vegetables on the side. Most people have heard of the digestive benefits of prunes – yes, they make you poop! But, now prunes are beginning to be seen as the “whole package.” Kids and adults alike love the naturally sweet taste, and they are a great way to add some fibre to the day. A recent study, done with a grant from the California Dried Plum Board, showed that eating 50g (or about 5-6 prunes) can be helpful in preventing bone loss in older, osteopenic, postmenopausal women (1). This is exciting research, and I would like to see more investigation of this topic.
This recipe is inspired and adapted from the Oh She Glows Turtle Cookie recipe.
1 cup Walnuts
¾ cup Pecans
2 cups Rolled oats, gluten free if necessary
¾ cup Gluten free all purpose flour (I used Cloud 9)
½ cup Brown sugar
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ginger
2 Tbsp Carob powder
½ tsp Salt
½ cup Maple syrup
4 Tbsp Coconut oil
12 Prunes (dried plums), blended into a paste with about 5 Tbsp water
- Using a food processor, process 1 cup oats into a flour.
- Put walnuts and pecans into a food processor and process into crumbs, but NOT powder.
- Mix the nut/oat mixture with the rest of the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, carob powder and salt.
- Add dried plums into the food processor with water and blend until a paste forms. Scrape sides and add more water as necessary to get a liquid paste.
- Add in the maple syrup, melted coconut oil and plum paste into dry ingredients. Mix.
- Wet hands and roll 1-2 tablespoon amounts between your hands. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and press down slightly.
- Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.
- Let sit on cookie sheet to cool for 5 minutes, before moving to cooling rack.
*Be sure to check ingredients if you need a gluten free recipe.
For a link to the study go here: http://bit.ly/CaliforniaPrunes
DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by the California Dried Plum Board. All opinions are genuine.
Nurture The Future wishes you all the best for a happy and healthy New Year. Looking for more recipe ideas? Contact Jill, Nurture The Future’s Registered Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org