I found a tin of prunes in the back of the cupboard that were almost out of date, I have no idea why I bought them, but I hate wasting things so spent a large part of this morning trying to figure out what to do with them. I tried making some granola but instead my ‘granola’ came out quite sticky and actually rather lovely, keeping the moistness of the prunes.
The result of my experiment are some rather lovely moist snacky bites – definitely somewhere between chunky granola and sticky flapjacks. Delicious on their own with a cup of coffee. It’s a good way to incorporate some prunes into your diet – I’ve never been a big fan, but keeping the moisture and adding some lovely zesty oats works for me.
Sticky Prune Bites
Makes enough bites for around 3 snacky breakfasts – if you can resist the urge to snack on them during the rest of the day.
- 100g oats
- 1 tin of pitted prunes in juice (290g)
- 50g whole almonds
- Juice and Zest of one orange
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 2 tablespoons of the prune juice
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
Drain the prunes – and keep the juice. Put the oats in a bowl and chop in the prunes – I used scissors to chop them into chunks. Add the almonds and orange zest and mix well to ensure all the prune chunks are well covered in oats.
Mix the honey, orange juice, prune juice and sugar together in a small pan and heat gently for a couple of minutes until the honey and sugar is dissolved. Let it cool for a couple of minutes and then add to the oat mix. Mix it well – it will be wet and sticky.
Rub some butter on the bottom of a baking sheet to stop it sticking and then spread the oat mixture over the sheet.
Put it in the oven (200c/400f/Gas 6) – for 5 minutes. Take it out and give it a shake and another mix up to break it up into pieces. It will still be quite sticky.
Cook for a further 5 minutes. Take it out, shake it up again and leave to cool.
The final mix is still quite sticky but really lovely and moist and easily breaks into bite sized bits with lovely chunks of prune.
Store in an airtight jar in the fridge