pieces of crostini topped with white beans, prunes and walnuts

Recipe for Crostini with White Beans, Walnuts and Prunes

Introducing your new go-to recipe for crostini. This delicious appetizer is full of flavor (and healthy ingredients) and comes together in just minutes.

Wondering who to thank for this party-perfect recipe? White Bean Crostini with California Prunes is another tasty creation from our friend Leslie Bonci, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN and Sports Dietitian for Super Bowl Champions the Kansas City Chiefs

Why we love this recipe for crostini

Obviously, we love this recipe because it’s quick and delicious. It also happens to be made with some of our favorite pantry staples – beans, nuts, spices and (of course) California Prunes.

Here’s our pro-tip: During the holiday season, keep a baguette in your freezer and your pantry stocked with the ingredients needed to make this recipe. When that last minute party invite inevitably comes your way, you can whip this easy appetizer together in a flash!

Healthy + delicious

Let’s talk about the not-so-secret ingredient in this amazing appetizer – California Prunes! Prunes are a healthy powerhouse and provide many essential vitamins and minerals that will level up the nutritional value of any recipe! Prunes are low glycemic and loaded with fiber, polyphenols, boron, potassium, and Vitamin K which collectively can contribute to gut health, reduced inflammation, cancer prevention, blood sugar control, bone health, and reduced cholesterol!

pieces of crostini topped with white beans, prunes and walnuts

White Bean Crostini with California Prunes

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN
White Bean Crostini is a healthy + delicious appetizer that's ready in minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine RD Creations
Servings 6
Calories 182 kcal


Bean Spread

  • 15 ounces can cannellini beans drained and rinsed (one can)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp smoked salt
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 8 California Prunes

Crostini Toppings

  • 12 California Prunes quartered
  • ½ cup prune juice
  • 12 walnut halves toasted and chopped
  • Sea salt


For the Bean dip

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth in a blender or food processor.

For the Crostini

  • Thinly slice a small multi-grain baguette into ½-inch (1 cm) thick slices.
  • Lightly brush with olive oil and toast until lightly brown. Remove from oven.

For the Toppings

  • In a small saucepan, simmer quartered prunes with prune juice for about 5 minutes, or until prunes are plumped and have formed a cohesive mixture. The texture should be like a chutney or thick jam.
  • Roast/toast walnuts for about 5 minutes in a 350-degree F (180C) oven and chop.


Enjoy with a Finely Pruned Cocktail for extra sophistication.


Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 212mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 6gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 282IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 2mg
Keyword crostini, white bean
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