Sipping on a tall glass of prune juice is a fantastic way to quench your thirst, stay hydrated and stock up on antioxidants all at once. Instead of buying it, why not try making fresh prune juice yourself? It’s easier than you think and it tastes so much better! Let’s do it!
All you need for this recipe are two simple ingredients: ripe plums and water.
Steam the chopped fruit in boiling water, puree, filter with a nut milk bag or a sieve, done! Get ready to savor the sweetness of this delicious purple juice.
If you want to make it even tastier, we give you the option to add a few spices like cinnamon, ginger and cardamom.
Choose your favorite (or all of them) and add them to the boiling water. Let it steep in the juice and later filter it together with the plum pulp.
The best part about this recipe is that you can make the juice yourself without a juicer.
Juicers shred and grind fruits and vegetables, extracting their juice and leaving the pulp behind. In our recipe, we used a cheesecloth bag instead and found it did an excellent job of separating the pulp from the liquid with very little effort.
If you whip the plums with water without boiling them first, the juice won’t have that nice dark red hue. That’s because the plum-purple pigments only leach out of the fruit’s skin in hot water.
But in order not to damage the valuable nutrients of the plum, let the water simmer slightly and do not overcook the fruit.
While many prune juice recipes out there also contain sugar, we made ours sugar free.
To keep the juice sugar-free yet naturally sweet, you need to use overripe plums (super soft and juicy) as they taste sweeter.
The natural sugars found in the fruit dissolve in the boiling water, making the juice sweet without the need for additional sugar.
However, if plums are not in season or you cannot find nicely ripe plums, you can still make this juice. Feel free to add a drop of raw honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten the sap to taste.
You can also use a no-calorie sweetener like erythritol to keep the recipe sugar-free. Just add it to the boiling plums and stir until dissolved.
Now it’s time to grab your basket of plums and start juicing!