No-Bake California Prune Power Balls
30 pitted California Prunes (about 1 cup/250 mL packed)
1/3 cup (75 mL) almond butter
2 tbsp (30 mL) honey
1/2 cup (125 mL) rice crisp cereal
1/4 cup (50 mL) unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup (75 mL) unsweetened, desiccated coconut (approx.)
- Pulse prunes with almond butter and honey in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to bowl;
- Stir in rice crisps and sunflower seeds by hand until well mixed;
- Scoop level tablespoonfuls prune mixture; form into balls and roll in coconut to coat. Repeat until all mixture is used;
- Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for 1 hour to set or for up to 1 week;
- Makes about 24 balls.
- Add in a sprinkle of hemp hearts, flax or chia seeds for added nutrition;
- For an indulgent twist, stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) mini chocolate chips;
- Power balls can be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw before eating
What makes California Prunes different? Everything. It’s the legendary Petit d’Agen plum that was brought to California from France during the Gold Rush and grafted onto wild American plum stock. It’s the long growing seasons in California’s lush valleys with rich soil warmed by a steady sun and cool evening temperatures. It’s the hundreds of growers who hand-tend each tree to cultivate the perfect fruit. It’s the most rigorous agricultural standards of any place on earth. It’s the practice of drying prunes in climate-controlled tunnels, which California growers have honed into a precise art, balancing temperature, humidity and time. It is all these things combined that make a prune a California Prune. Over the past decade, researchers have made considerable progress in discovering and understanding the positive effects the consumption of California Prunes can have on our health, including bone health and gut health. The power of California Prunes includes important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Together, these nutrients form a web of vital functions that support overall health and the immune system.