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Prune cookies: aka ‘constipation cookies’

When Harry was younger he went through phases of being very constipated. He would go weeks without a soiled nappy, his tummy would be rock hard and we could see he was very uncomfortable. I found that Ella’s kitchen prunes pouches really helped to ‘get him moving again’ and because I didn’t mind helping him eat with a spoon it worked well for us. It did get me thinking though, what would I do if I did proper baby led weaning and didn’t want to use a spoon? Prunes can be an acquired taste and texture and Harry never liked eating them unless they were puréed (by Ella’s Kitchen of course, not mummy!)

I decided to have a play in the kitchen and come up with some prune cookies that would help get pruney goodness into little ones without them realising!  Here is what I came up with…

This recipe made approximately 32 cookies.


  • 150g prunes
  • 200ml water
  • 150g wholewheat flour
  • 150g rolled or steel cut oats
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup (you can substitute with honey for over 1yr olds)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 or 3 drops of vanilla essence
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon


  • Put the prunes and the water in a microwaveable container with a lid that seals tight. Microwave for 3 minutes then leave to cool.
  • Drain the prunes, saving the liquid for later.
  • put the drained prunes in a food processor with the other ingredients.
  • Mix well, adding little bits of the prune juice until the mixture is a sticky dough consistency.
  • Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking tray, pressing them down lightly to make biscuit shapes. Don’t make them bigger as you don’t want to accidentally eat too many prunes!
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°c for 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy! (But not too many at once because.. Well, you know.. Prunes! I’d recommend no more than 2 a day)


This recipe makes lots of cookies and they will last for ages in an airtight container. You can always freeze them though if you want to save some for the future!



8 Replies to “Prune cookies: aka ‘constipation cookies’”

  1. Do you think you could substitute prune purée rather than whole dried prunes? Would it be the same measurement?

  2. Thank you for the recipe. Everyone likes them and yes, I tell them two per person a day only! Or else!

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