Prunes aren't a very glamorous food, but lately we can't get enough of them. We like them plain as snacks (they're perfect for the sugar craving that I get after almost every meal), and lately I've been experimenting with them in recipes. The kids call them 'giant raisins.'

I've only tried two recipes so far: these prune muffins, and another of my own invention (below). I'd love more recommendations of recipes that include prunes if you have any. I'm also looking forward to using them as sweeteners in recipes, much as people are using dates lately.


Walnut-prune bites

1/2 cup prunes
1/3 cup walnuts
2 teaspoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons flaked coconut

Combine prunes, walnuts, and oats in food processor until they come together and form a paste. You can vary the time processed depending on how chunky you like the walnuts: just make sure they will form balls when pressed together.

Form into 10–12 balls and roll in flaked coconut. Store in refrigerator.


  1. I LOVE prunes! That sounds like a really yummy recipe, too bad I don't have a food processor, I guess I'll have to try hand chopping and mixing.

    1. I'm glad we're not the only ones who like prunes! We actually don't have a real food processor; I use a small two-cup chopper that does the job.