Pretty, healthy snacks with interesting and complex flavors can be hard to come by. But look no further! On a recent visit to my parents’ and sisters’ home, I was poking around in the pantry for inspiration. My mother is recovering from major surgery and a lengthy hospital stay and I was there, in part, to prepare some meals. I discovered some dates and pecans and, while I didn’t cook with them, I was reminded of a favorite treat my late paternal grandmother used to make at Christmastime: pitted dates stuffed with pecan halves and rolled in powdered sugar. So pleasantly sweet, slightly sticky, creamy-chewy and crunchy—the best of all worlds! Back home in my own pantry were some dried pitted prunes and smoked almonds. Perfect substitutes. And while I also had some powdered sugar, I wanted a more savory note. So, steps away on the counter was my always-full canister of nutritional yeast. And there was the final ingredient!
Vegan Pigs in Plums (Smoked Almond-Stuffed Dried Plums Rolled in Nutritional Yeast)
- Dried pitted plums (you may substitute dates or dried apricots)
- Whole smoked almonds (feel free to substitute roasted almonds, pecan halves, etc.)
- Nutritional yeast flakes
- Place nutritional yeast in a shallow bowl. Insert a smoked almond into each pitted plum and roll in nutritional yeast.
- Alternatively, you can lay the almonds on the pitted plums and fold the plums around the almonds, pressing firmly to adhere like a little taco. Repeat as desired.
- Serve immediately or cover tightly until serving time.
- For more formal presentations or to give as gifts, I like to serve the Pigs in Plums in miniature muffin liners or candy papers on a tray, as in the photo.
- Nutritional Yeast / Nooch