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Dried Plum Bites with Gorgonzola Dolce and Toasted Pecans

I feel sorry for prunes. There is probably no other fruit that’s so closely associated with old people and bowel habits. And that’s not a knock on old people, because I’m practically one myself. Just the word P-R-U-N-E has a negative connotation. Wrinkly. Laxative. Think I’m wrong? Just try to ask the kid who stocks the dried fruit aisle at the grocery store where you can find the prunes, without feeling like you have to whisper.   Oh. You have that problem. Smirk. Middle of aisle on the left. How many other fruits do you know that had to change their name for marketing purposes? Dried Plums – I’m talking about you.

Well, guess what? I love prunes, and my family really does too. They’re like sweet, juicy, less-wrinkled giant raisins, and a really yummy fruit snack. And – I love them even more since I discovered that they’re also really good for your bones. I know, weird, that prunes (or should I call them, Dried Plums) can be good for your bones – but several research studies have found it to be true. It seems that eating about 10 prunes each day can prevent osteoporosis, and possibly help to rebuild bone.

If you think eating 10 prunes will send you on an instant bathroom break, I highly doubt that would happen. Prunes do have fiber, but a serving (about 5) only has about 3 grams of fiber. That’s really not that much, considering we’re supposed to eat about 25 grams each day. Prunes do have naturally occurring sorbitol, a sugar alcohol, which can have a laxative effect in large doses. It’s much more concentrated in prune juice though. If you’re worried, just start slow – eat 3 or 4 and see how you do.


 

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Prunes, or dried plums are great on their own, but they’re kind of fun dressed up too. I love them coated with a little bit of Gorgonzola Dolce and rolled in toasted pecans. Yum. Party Prunes.

 

Dried Plum Bites with Gorgonzola Dolce and Toasted Pecans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 pieces

Serving Size: 3 pieces

Dried Plum Bites with Gorgonzola Dolce and Toasted Pecans

Ingredients

  • 6 large size dried plums
  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola Dolce (or mild blue cheese)
  • 1 ounce Greek Cream Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons pecan halves, toasted and chopped

Instructions

Skewer each dried plum with a toothpick

Combine Gorgonzola Dolce and Greek cream cheese in a small bowl and mix well to combine

Spread about 1 generous teaspoon of cheese mixture over each dried plum.

Roll each in chopped nuts, and place on a sheet of parchment paper.

Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 pieces
Servings Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 417mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 11g
Protein 8g 16%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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This was not a sponsored post. I just like prunes!  How do you feel about them?

 

Eat well!

 

 

 

8 Responses to “Dried Plum Bites with Gorgonzola Dolce and Toasted Pecans”

  1. These look delish! I didn’t know about the positive bone effects, which I need as I’ve got crazy crappy bone density. Now off to the store 🙂

    • Anne says:

      Thanks Rebecca! I have crappy bone density too, so glad to know I’m in good company! I try to eat a variety of foods that can help, so I was happy to find out about dried plums 🙂

  2. Pat says:

    Oh, these look so good, I love it that you added the gorgonzola! Nice recipe. BTW…..all those oldies just need a 400 mg magnesium capsule p/day..:)

  3. Great post! My last post was all about prunes (or should I say dried plums) too! They’re so tasty and good for you, they definitely deserve a bit more love than they receive. Your bites sound amazing!

  4. Totally agree with all of this! I just did a post on prunes last week and while I love them, they aren’t a sexy food at all! But- they are so good for you and so flavorful! Love these bites!

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