Vegan, Oil-free, Gluten-free
Prunes or Dried plums?
Actually, they are both the same! Prunes are dried plums. Once plums are ripe, they are washed and dried.
Did you know that in 2001, prunes were renamed to "dried plums"? Why? Apparently, the fact that prunes relieve constipation was perceived as derogatory.
Well, I think it’s actually pretty neat that you can eat 10 prunes a day to get things moving, don’t you? But I suggest you start with one or two, just in case they work too well. ;o)
What causes the laxative effect or prunes? Their high fiber content and fermentable sugars fructans and sorbitol. In fact, prunes are superior to psyllium for improving stool frequency and consistency in people suffering from constipation. Look it up in the National Library of Medicine (www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).
2-Ingredient Prune Butter
16 oz of prunes, pitted (about 2 cups)
1 cup warm water, plus more to adjust consistency
1. Add the pitted prunes and hot water to the blender.
2. Blend until the mixture is the consistency of applesauce.
3. Using a soft spatula, scrape the sides of the blender.
4. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. It will keep in the fridge for up to four weeks.
Note: Spread on bread or use in baking to replace oil or butter. Just remember that the natural sweetness and dark color of prune butter will affect the final product.
No animals were harmed during the creation of this recipe!