Stewed prunes are easy to make and are so delicious. Eat them as is or serve them at breakfast or as a simple dessert with cream.
Stewed prunes are simple and quick to make. Dish them up for breakfast, eat as a snack or have them as a dessert.
Cost To Make
Estimated cost = $6.20 or $1.55 a serve
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- Eating stewed prunes is a great way to get more fiber in your diet.
- You can customize the flavor of the stewed prunes, see our variations list below.
- Stewed prunes are delicious to eat as a snack, dessert, or on breakfast cereal on its own or with other simple toppings like our unsweetened apple sauce or this easy strawberry compote.
What Are Prunes
Prunes are dried plums, and you can get these in the dried fruit section of the grocery store.
They are soft and sweet and a good source of insoluble and soluble fiber, which is good for digestion.
Prunes also contain sorbitol and chlorogenic acid, a natural laxative, which can help constipation.
Ingredients In This Recipe
The printable recipe further down the page has the complete list of ingredients, including quantities and step-by-step instructions.
Dried prunes - You will need prunes with the seeds removed. You can either buy them with the seeds removed or remove them yourself before cooking.
Orange juice and water - Are used to hydrate the prunes. We used freshly squeezed orange juice to give added flavor, but you can use all water if you like.
Orange rind - it is full of natural oils that are released when heated and will enhance the orange flavor.
Cloves and cardamom pods - use these sparingly, especially the cardamom pods, because the flavors can be strong if too much has been used.
Sugar (optional) - you don't need to add sugar if you want to keep this recipe healthy, but sometimes we like to add a little depending on how sour the orange juice is.
Step By Step Instructions
Making stewed prunes is very easy!
- Place all the ingredients - prunes, orange juice, water, orange rind, cinnamon stick, cloves, and cardamom pods into a small saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, cover the pot with a lid, simmer for 10 minutes, and occasionally stir.
- Remove from the heat and cool. Serve at room temperature or cold.
Check for seeds
Even though you can buy packs of pitted prunes, sometimes you will find a few still with seeds.
So, the first thing you want to check is that the prunes are all seed free because you don't want to bite into something hard that could break a tooth.
Want more sauce
If you like your prunes with plenty of thick sauce - double the amount of water and orange juice.
This recipe serves four and a serving size is about 10 prunes.
Calories Per Serve
Each serving has about 238 calroies.
- Use a spice blend like mix spice, pumpkin spice, or chia spice mix.
- Replace the orange juice with apple, pear, or your favorite juice.
- Cook it with other fruits like apples, pears, apricots, or figs.
Refrigeration - Store stewed prunes in the fridge in a sealed container for a week.
Freezing stewed prunes is not recommended because stewed prunes are soft and tend to go soggy and mushy when thawed.
I do hope that you try this stewed prunes recipe. If you do, please come back and leave a comment below because I would love to know how you went.
Stewed Prunes In Orange Juice
- 250 grams (8.8 ounces) prunes, seeds removed
- ¾ cup fresh orange juice
- ½ cup water
- 3 x strips of orange rind about 10 cm long
- 1 piece (5cm / 2inches) of cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1-2 teaspoons white sugar - optional
- Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer covered for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and cool.
- Serve the stewed prunes warm or cold with yogurt, cream, custard, or ice cream. Also good for breakfast cereals.