Use a homemade prune puree made with dried prunes and water to replace the fat (oil or butter) for healthier baked goods.
Prune puree may not be the best sounding, or the best looking thing in the world, but it’s magical. Almost as magical as college acceptance letters… almost.
Did you know prune puree can replace the fat (i.e. butter or oil) in baking? And the best part is that while cutting down on the fat, it doesn’t actually change the flavor, and it keeps the baked goods perfectly moist. It truly is life changing! Also, because prunes are inherently sweet, this adds a slight sweetness to baked goods so you might even be able to cut down on the sugar using this homemade prune puree. I know, it sounds kind of silly, but it’s a great option to use in rich, chocolate desserts or in muffin and quick breads.
I first got this idea from Martha Stewart, who uses prune puree in one of her brownie recipes. The brownies were so good, ever since I’ve been using prune puree often in my baking. Often you’ll hear of using apple sauce or some kind of fruit puree to replace fat, but this was the first time I heard of using prune puree and I’m definitely converted. Martha Stewart just has so many great ideas.
A prune is basically a dried plum (hence the sweetness). When dried they end up tasting rather sweet, and have a really sticky texture. Prunes are a very dark brown, and when pureed with water it turns into a lighter brown as seen in the photo (I know, not the most appetizing puree in the world). Because of their dark colour, I find they work best in dark coloured desserts, (i.e. chocolate) so far I’ve baked them in my brownies and muffins. I wouldn’t recommend using prunes in a vanilla dessert or in a dessert where butter is the star of the show — there are just some desserts that are meant to be calorie and fat loaded morsels, and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s all about balance.
Try my homemade prune puree in these recipes:
Let me know if you use this homemade prune puree in your baking — would love to hear how you use it in the comments below.