These Healthy Prune Walnut Candy made with a few ingredients, and they are refined sugars free.Jump to Recipe
Prunes, Those Delicious Prunes
Hello, everyone! It’s February, huh? I am not sure how the entire month has gone. Perhaps, I was hibernating. While February is one of the coldest months (Oh we’re expecting another huge storm. Snow and gust winds up to 100 km/h, followed by freezing rain. Cool, right?), I feel optimistic. Firstly, January which is statistically the most depressing month, is over. Besides, February means we’re one month closer to spring? Positive thinking, you see.
If you know me for a while, you are probably aware I am a HUGE prune fan. I know many people don’t really enjoy prunes, but they are so delicious to me. Think this way: don’t you like dried apricots or dates? In fact, don’t you like fresh plums? By the way, let me share with you my favourite prune brand which you can find at many grocery stores and online. They always are super fresh, soft, meaty, and delicious. The package might seem large, but there are so many way you can use prunes.
For your breakfast – Creamy Prune Millet Porridge
In a salad – Chicken Celery Prune Walnut Salad
In a main dish – Creamy Chicken Breasts with Prunes
Healthy Prune Walnut Candy
Certainly, prunes are so good in dessert, too. They are naturally sweet and gives a creamy, decadent texture to these Healthy Prune Walnut Candy. Also, these are relatively healthy treats. Why relatively? 100 gr. of prunes contain almost 40 grams of sugar, while both walnuts and prunes are also high in calories. That being said, it’s always great to enjoy this dessert in moderation (I know! It’s easy to say, but it’s hard to be strong – they are way delicious!) However, a dessert free of refines sugar is always better!
If you’re wondering, the prune flavour is quite distinctive in this recipe. But combined with walnuts, dark cocoa, cinnamon, and honey, that’s already some sort of concoction. Honey is optional, but it helps to process things together. The process is relatively simple, but it will depend on how powerful your blender is. Personally, I love to feel pieces of nuts and prunes, but if your blender isn’t strong enough, you might not get very smooth, homogeneous texture. As a rule of thumb, if you see your blender smoking, the dessert is ready! lol.
And just as a hint – a little splash (1-2 tbsp.) of strong alcohol like bourbon or brandy will be an excellent addition. You will just need to add a little bit more walnuts, to thicken up the mixture. But I am just saying – not insisting!
I hope I was able to encourage you to try some delicious prunes, if you’re still skeptical about them. And I certainly hope you will give these Healthy Prune Walnut Candy a try, too!
Healthy Prune Walnut CandyCourse: Dessert
These Healthy Prune Walnut Candy made with a few ingredients, and they are refined sugars free.
1 and 1/2 cups (about 200 gr.) pitted prunes
1 cup (about 100 gr.) walnuts, toasted and cooled
a pinch of cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. honey, optional
about 4 tbsp. dark cocoa powder, for dusting
- If your prunes are dry, soak them for 15 minutes in warm water, then drain very well. Skip the step if your prunes are soft and meaty.
- Place the prunes, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey (if using) in a cup of your blender. Process, occasionally helping to get the mixture together by scaping with a spatula. Keep going until the desired consistency.
- The mixture will remain slightly sticky. Shape small pieces into balls and coat them in the cacao. Enjoy right away or chill in the refrigerator.