I’ve been eating California Dried Plums for a really long time, and am super happy to talk about the health benefits of eating them, share a great recipe I love to eat in the mornings, and share a couple of websites full of great information for you to learn other recipes and important pieces of information.
First, let’s discuss some amazing key health benefits of eating California dried plums. Research suggests that eating two servings, (about 100grams or 10 to 12 dried plums), may improve bone mineral density (BMD) and slow the rate of bone turnover in post-menopausal women. Dried plums are also a great source of Vitamin K. In fact, dried plums provide 30% of the 80Mcg daily value that is recommended in your daily diet. This is about 4-5 plums (about 100 calories). Vitamin K helps improve calcium balance and promotes bone mineralization. As you all know, I have to to make sure Angela is well taken care of…so I totally make sure she eats dried plums a few times a week. I know I should probably do it every day, but I tend to forget it. They’re super sweet and delicious, so she doesn’t mind eating them as a snack at all. You can learn more great information about the benefits of California dried plums on their site.
I also love that California dried plums are cholesterol free, which is important when looking out for Angela’s heart health. While we’ve known about dried plum’s nutrient profile with fiber and potassium, they are also just beginning to learn about the benefits of other bioactive compounds such as phenolic acid compounds that maybe have general health-promoting benefits in the microbiome of the digestive tract and more. It’s also been recently discoverd that dried plums may help manage weight through improved satiety, perhaps by producing lower glucose and/or appetite-regulating hormone concentrations. Which means that Angela won’t bother me a 1,000 times a day asking for a bunch of snacks.
If you want to spice up your life, and just don’t want eat California dried plums alone…then put them in a recipe! There are tons of amazing and simple recipes to enjoy, including the ones found on the California Dried Plum website. However, I’m a little partial to this California dried plum lemon squares recipe! However, I came up with another delicious recipe that I enjoy making: California dried plum pancakes! The pancakes are super fluffy and delicious.
Just look how amazing these are, and recipe is just as simple to follow along.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup of diced California dried plums
- Dice up your California dried plums and place to the side.
- In a medium sized bowl, add dried ingredients and give it a whisk to mix thoroughly.
- Add in your wet ingredients and mix well to get rid of any lumps.
- Then add in your diced dried plums. Mix enough to spread throughout mixture.
- Pour batter by ¼ cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes; cook until the second side is golden brown.
- Top off with a delicious California dried plum, a pat of butter, and your favorite syrup.
Here’s what your dried plums will look like once diced.
Here you can see the nice golden brown color of the California dried plums pancakes! These are fluffy and delicious, and they are also kid approved! Don’t just love having healthy ingredients in a recipe that the family will enjoy? I know that I certainly do.
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