These prune bites with blue cheese and toasted pecans are a tasty appetizer or snack idea. You'll never look at prunes the same way again!
I feel sorry for prunes. There is probably no other fruit that’s so closely associated with older people and bowel habits. And that’s not a knock on old people because I’m 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.
Prunes, or dried plums are great on their own, but they’re kind of fun dressed up too. I love making these prune bites, coated with a little bit of Gorgonzola Dolce and rolled in toasted pecans. Yum. Party Prunes.
You can also use prunes to add natural sweetness to energy bites or bars. Try them in my No Bake Fruit and Nut Bars.
Prune Bites with Blue Cheese and Toasted Pecans
- 6 large size dried prunes
- 2 ounces Gorgonzola Dolce or mild blue cheese
- 1 ounce Greek Cream Cheese softened
- 3 tablespoons pecan halves toasted and chopped
- Skewer each prune 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.
Do you like to snack on prunes?