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Prunes and Cinnamon for my Sister


Pretty much everyone who’s had a taste of the snack bars I make weekly has expressed a desire to make their own.

I think it’s the versatility that attracts. (And the bonus of them being healthy.)


You can make them whatever kind you want!


I was sitting with my sister yesterday sipping on an aloe vera rooibos ice tea with a bit of honey and milk (try saying that fast) and she mentioned that she’d like to try making them with prunes.

Now, I’ve made prune snack bars before.

But why should I repeat a recipe?

I decided that this time I wanted them just a bit chewier and sweeter (plums aren’t exactly the sweetest dried fruit to use here.)

So here’s what I came up with!


Prune Cinnamon Bars

Prune Cinnamon Bars (makes 12):

130g of cashews
50g of oatmeal
200g of pitted prunes
50g of raisins
1 ts of cinnamon (or more if you wish)
A bit of salt

Aaaand blend! Cut and wrap.


I chose to lessen the amount of oatmeal to up the juicy factor and add raisins to make it just a tad sweeter than just plums. Plus, they add a nice texture. I’d hesitate to replace the cashews with any other nut (except walnuts) as this recipe wants a less hard nut. 🙂

And cinnamon plus prunes? Yum!

Since I’m all calorie counting at the moment, I also entered the data to MyFitnessPal and came up with the nutritional data for a single bar:


Look at all that lovely iron! So important to runners. And protein and fiber. And with 118 calories a pop, you can even have two without feeling guilty!

(Did I mention they’re delicious?)

I kicked off Week Thirteen today with an 11km run in the rain.

Lovely rain. 🙂

After all the heat, warm rain was exactly what I needed to get my groove back.

Maybe I pushed a bit too much as I developed a distinctly unpleasant pain in my right heel after the run. :/ Only noticed it on the cool down walk when it was suddenly really painful to walk normally and I didn’t want my heel to touch ground at all.

Not at all sure what this is. As I don’t heel strike, I don’t really get heel pain. So this is new. And weird. And I guess I’ll just see if it sticks around for Thursday’s run before I start thinking strategy.

Let’s hope it was a fluke.


(I also plan to take my bike to work tomorrow. Sixteen km there and back. If it doesn’t rain in the morning.)




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