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Flourless Chocolate Chunk California Prune Cookies

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This recipe post is sponsored by the California Prune Board. All thoughts are my own.

What’s better right now than a super easy recipe that fills your sweet tooth craving?  The world is a different place these days but treats like this are definitely getting me through to the other side. What I love about this cookie recipe is not only is it flourless (something hard to find on shelves lately) but it uses prunes which cuts down on sugar but definitely not on taste.

I was in the other room when my husband stuffed the first one of these into his face, Immediately I heard him say WOW, these are soooo good!! Then he asked me what was in them and was blown away I had used California prunes in the recipe. They are so fudgy and decadent, you wouldn’t think they were a better for you treat.

The reason they are a better option than a regular chocolate cookie? One, they have no flour in them, two they contain no oils or butter, and three they have prunes in them!! Prunes are not only good for the gut, but they are wonderful for bone health too!

Last fall I was invited by the California Prune Board to tour some of their prune orchards and see how a plum gets transformed into a prune. Not all plums can grow up to be prunes but all prunes were once plums. It takes a special kind of plum that’s smaller and more condensed to make a beautiful flavor packed prune.


I know most of us are used to recipes that are sweet using prunes but believe it or not, prunes are super versatile and can be used in savory dishes. I made this delicious Cauliflower Rice with them last November, so I decided to give a sweet recipe a go this time!

The egg whites and the prune paste act as the binder for this recipe since there’s no flour. Prune paste has become my new bff. If you haven’t made prune paste yet, it will rock your world! Just add a bit of hot water to prunes and let them soften a bit, then blend them into a glorious paste that’s great to use in place of sugar & oils in baking and wonderful for savory dishes, especially in sauces and marinades!

I hope you give this recipe a try, it’s a really fun one to make! Get the kids in the kitchen to help you out, they will love making this quick and delicious recipe with you!

Flourless Chocolate Chunk California Prune Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Cuisine: American

Servings: 4-5

Flourless Chocolate Chunk California Prune Cookies

Ingredients

  • 10 pitted California Prunes
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with lightly greased parchment paper.
  2. Add prunes to a small bowl, add in 1/2 cup hot water and soak for 10 mins.
  3. Add prunes and soaking water to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until it becomes a paste.
  4. Add all remaining ingredients except for chocolate chunks and blend until it becomes a brownie batter consistency.
  5. Use a spoon and divide cookie mixture into 9 equal circles, using the back of the spoon to smooth & flatten out into a cookie shape.
  6. Top each cookie with a few additional chocolate chunks and bake in the oven for 15 mins. or until cooked through.
  7. Remove from oven and carefully place parchment paper with cookies on a cooling rack. Let cool about 10 mins or until cookies easily release from the paper, sprinkle with flake salt and enjoy
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