Prune puree is a common element in a baby’s diet, through weening and into first foods. But as the child gets older we forget about the nutritional benefits of prunes and children forget how much they love the flavour of prunes.
National Children’s Day UK is celebrated on Sunday the 13th May and gives us the ideal opportunity to reintroduce prunes to our children through a variety of sweet and savoury snacks and finger foods. At California prunes, we recognise that new foods for children can be challenging, but when they look interesting and fun, that challenge is lessened considerably. For this reason we created some fun ideas that look very tempting whilst utilising the naturally occurring sugars from California prunes, therefore providing a treat that parents can offer without concern.
Get creative with sandwich skewers and California prunes
Children love skewers and in fact love making skewers so why not invite them to create their own Sandwich skewers with mozzarella and California prunes?
Sandwich skewers with mozzarella and California Prunes
The recipe for these skewers could not be any easier.
- 4 slices of bread
- 3 tbsp cream cheese
- 4 chopped California prunes
- 6 whole California prunes
- A few mint leaves
- A few Mozzarella balls
- Green grapes and red grapes
Mix the cream cheese with the chopped prunes and a hint of chopped mint. Spread this cream cheese mixture on the sliced bread and sandwich together. Cut the sandwiches into small shapes, e.g. squares, rectangles, triangles or circles. Alternate the mini sandwiches, whole California prunes, mozzarella, fresh mint leaves and grapes onto skewers.
We are sure you can get very inventive with this idea and create your own unique combinations.
The next recipe is for peanut butter lovers! Peanut butter is one of those flavours that crosses the line between savoury and sweet. The addition on California prunes to peanut butter nudges it slightly more towards the sweet end of the flavour spectrum but without adding any refined sugar.
California prune peanut butter
The recipes for this California prune peanut butter is another quick and simple one that can be stored in an airtight jar in a cool place or the fridge for several days.
- 200g roasted unsalted peanuts
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 100g California prunes
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Place prunes in a saucepan. Add enough water to completely cover prunes. Boil for 5 minutes then drain. In a food processor blend the peanuts, coconut oil, prunes, and cinnamon for 5 minutes or until you obtain your preferred consistency. Put the California prune peanut butter in a jar. Serve with crackers, pretzels, or bread.
If you add a little more oil or some of the boiling water from the California prunes, you can create a looser consistency suitable for dipping, perfect for breadsticks, carrot sticks or celery.
California prune party
The next idea we have is more of a treat and a great idea for a National Children’s Day UK party.
Cake pops with California Prunes
- 2½ cup of instant oatmeal
- 12 California prunes
- 5 tsp of dark cocoa
- 120g cane sugar
- 120g butter
- 100ml plant milk (almond, rice or oat milk)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- To decorate: coconut shreds, sugar and chocolate strands, wood sticks
Cover the California prunes with boiling water and leave for 10 minutes, then drain and chop finely. Pour in oatmeal and cocoa to a deep bowl and mix. Melt butter in a small saucepan, add sugar and plant milk. Mix until all ingredients combine. Pour the contents of the saucepan to mixed oatmeal with cocoa and add chopped California prunes and vanilla extract. Mix everything thoroughly. Form small balls from the mixture and coat them immediately in coconut shreds or sugar and chocolate strands. Put prepared pops into a freezer for 20 minutes to harden. After that time, remove from the freezer, spear with sticks and serve.
This is another recipe that the children will love to get involved with, especially the ball forming and decorating stage but be prepared for a little mess!
We hope this has given you some ideas for introducing California prunes to your children, to remind them of a first food that they really enjoyed. Do let us know which your child’s favourite was and tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram so we can see how creative you are with these ideas.