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Prune Whip for Joyous Pooping

Jan 11, 2018 BY Joy McCarthy

When I was a kid, my mom used to make prune whip for a treat or as a natural solution to relieve constipation whenever my brother and I were a little "backed up", but secretly, I LOVED it! I make it now that I'm a mama too! 

Recently, Vienna had a 24-hour stomach flu and then she got constipated from being a little dehydrated. I made this for her and BOOM - happy pooping ensued, ha!

This is a safe and natural alternative to laxatives and stool softeners which I do not recommend as your digestive system can become reliant on them to function.

I have serious concerns about ingredients in some laxatives such as aluminum and petrochemical based dyes like FD&C Blue. Of course, manufacturers of these laxatives never intended for people to be using them daily, but that's exactly what happens to many people. You can read a more in-depth review on laxatives that my good friend Meghan did on her blog

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This prune whip isn't just for happy pooping though– it actually tastes really good! Seriously, what's not to like? It's sweet, pudding-like and makes a wonderful topping for yogurt or you can enjoy it just on its own. 

Walker got a little snap-happy with these photos and I have waaaaay too many photos of me smiling and eating this prune pudding haha! I feel like this photo above could be a funny meme. Like.... "Hmmmm, you're gonna go down and come out the other end exactly how you look right now". Okay, was that too much? 

I like to mix it with coconut yogurt, granola and garnish it with coconut flakes or just keep it simple and sprinkle it with coconut flakes. 

Make sure you buy really good quality prunes. I love these California prunes by Mornin' Glory. They are soft and always fresh. Once you soak them, they will get nice and plump so even if you're using prunes that are much more dry, that's okay.

Like many recipes on Joyous Health, this one is easy peasy. Only two ingredients (prunes and water!) because they are just so tasty on their own. 

Here's the recipe for Prune Whip for Joyous Pooping!

Sweets + Treats
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic pitted prunes
  • 1-2 cups filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place prunes in a medium size bowl and cover with water, just enough that all the prunes are submerged.
  2. Let sit and soak for 4 hours. Do not discard the water.
  3. After soaking, toss prunes and water in a blender or food processor and whip em! Whip em' good!
  4. Once you have the desired consistency you like, (pudding or whip), enjoy immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  5. Garnish with coconut flakes just before serving.

Notes

Makes 2-4 servings

Mmmmm, I love this recipe and so does my daughter Vienna. If you've got constipation issues, I've got many articles on Joyous Health to help you poop joyously. Give them a read!

Even if you're not constipated, you don't need an excuse to eat this prune whip, it will help keep your digestive system healthy along with my other suggestions in those links above.

Any questions? Post below! 

Have a joyous day!

Jan 11, 2018 BY Joy McCarthy
10 Comments
Patti   •   January 11, 2018

I use to make this same recipe in the kitchen of a nursing home I was a cook at... way better than pills or powders...I now have a grand-daughter who could benefit with this recipe. Thanks for the idea again. Also, taking care of a 93 year old sweetie who takes powder and sometimes still has difficulty. It makes her miserable. Enough...I am an LPN (RPN in Ontario) and talk about the nasty TOO much I am told.

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Joy McCarthy   •   January 11, 2018

Glad to hear a nursing home is using good ol' prunes too! Thanks for sharing :)


Rebecca   •   January 12, 2018

I think this sounds like a delicious solution! Thank you. I'm not crazy about the taste of prunes, but I'm thinking some orange zest might help cut the taste :-)

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 15, 2018

Hey Rebecca, That sounds fantastic! That would make for a great addition. If you end up trying it, let us know how you like it :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Miranda   •   January 15, 2018

OMG! I made this yesterday. I didn't want to wait so long to soak them so I poured boiled water over it and I added 4 tbsp of cocoa to give it a chocolatey flavour and it was amazing! Wish I knew about this sooner, even my five year old loved it and he has mild bowel problems WIN!

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 16, 2018

Hey Miranda, That's so great! We're so happy to hear it was a hit in your home and with your little one :) Thanks for sharing! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Emine   •   January 18, 2018

Hi thanks for the recipe. Would eating just the prune itself be as effective as pureeing it? The Mornin Glory doesn't ship to Canada, I was wondering where you get yours in Toronto. I have checked health stores but I have a hard time finding organic prunes.

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Rachel Molenda   •   January 18, 2018

Hey Emine, Yes, you could still reap the benefits from the prune itself, for sure. It's just a bit more palatable and tastier in pudding-form :) Joy got hers from her local health food store in Toronto. Any organic prune brand should work though! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


vaishali   •   January 25, 2018

Hi!! thank you for the recipe. How much would you feed a 10 year old? Thank you, Vaishali

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Joy McCarthy   •   January 26, 2018

Hi Vaishali, that really depends how much fiber your child is already eating. If they don't eat much fiber then start with a very small amount, about 1 prune worth (maybe about a tbsp) and then increase from there. Prunes are very fiber rich and this can definitely get things churning in the digestive system, so you'll wan to be careful.

Good luck!


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