Stewed Prunes {recipe} – Oatmeal Project, Day 10

Stewed Prunes with Cinnamon on Steel Cut Oats[The Oatmeal Project, Day 10: Stewed Prunes]

Avocados. Salmon. Walnut Oil. We’ve been talking about an “anti-aging diet” a lot here lately, but we’re about to reverse the signs of youth and make us look as old as we actually are with a single post on…


Yeah, yeah, we know. Prunes are for old people who are constipated. There, we said it, and we’re not going to try and glamorize prunes by calling them “dried plums” or extolling their natural sticky sweetness that’s more delicious than any commercial candy we’ve ever had. If you don’t get prunes now, nothing we say will make you get prunes later. Especially not “stewed prunes,” which we only recently pursued after hearing a friend mention them casually in a conversation (don’t ask how “stewed prunes” can be brought up casually in conversation). We searched the internet, found a gorgeous post, made our way to our beloved copy of the Joy of Cooking, then went straight to the kitchen to stew some prunes with cinnamon and lemon.

We could pop little snack-size prunes just as they are, plucked up with our fingers out of a bowl, but cooking them not only subtly changes their flavor, but makes them a little more sophisticated, requiring a small spoon or fork to eat. Something like a dessert when served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or for us, breakfast atop a bowl of steel cut oats.

Wow. Stewed prunes. On oatmeal.

We’re not even going to try.
Prunes and Cinnamon Sticks

Simple Stewed Prunes

serves 4


2 cups prunes/dried plums
1 cinnamon stick
½ lemon
2 tablespoons honey or sugar


Place prunes, cinnamon stick, half lemon and honey in small saucepan. Add water to completely cover the prunes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer until prunes have plumped a little and are tender, about 10 minutes.

Remove pan from heat, and removes prunes from stewing liquid. (We’re sure you could do something useful with the utterly aromatic stewing liquid like reduce it down to a syrup and drizzle over the prunes later, but we just aren’t that resourceful.)

Serve stewed prunes warm over ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.

It seems that stewed prunes will keep, covered, in refrigerator for a few days, even a couple of weeks, but we only made enough to last a day.

by Sarah J. Gim on February 12, 2011 · 5 comments

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

samk February 14, 2011 at 1:57 am

do devils on horseback count?


TasteSpotting February 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

aren’t those dates?

Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 14, 2011 at 6:54 am

I must chuckle at calling them dried plums instead of prunes. The only way I could get my husband to eat them is to call them dried plums.


TasteSpotting February 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

or you could call them “giant raisins!”

reney March 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I used to work at a convent nursing home. One of the nuns used to have oatmeal w/ stewed prunes every morning. 7 stewed prunes to be exact.


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