a collage of 6 pictures of recipes that highlight raisins
Recipes with Raisins

Raisins bring back childhood memories for me.  My Mom used them a lot, from snacks to baking and even in salads and savoury dishes.  I especially remember her carrot coleslaw, topped with raisins, probably to trick us kids into eating more vegetables.  These sweet little gems are delicious and flavourful, providing natural sweetness along with vitamins, minerals and fiber.  They are a concentrated energy source of primarily sugar, so keeping portions modest is advisable.

For raisin inspiration check out these ideas.  I’ve teamed up with some terrific ladies to bring you some new ideas and remind you of some old favourites too.  I have updated my Mom’s coleslaw by adding super healthy kale, complete with kale massage to sweeten and tenderize it in my Kale Slaw with Apples, Carrots and Raisins.  For a super healthy whole grain salad try this Indian Style Lemony Quinoa and Chickpea Salad from The Tiffin Box where raisins add sweetness to compliment the light curry flavours.  It’s a delicious salad, I added 2 grated carrots, double the raisins and also chopped pecans.  Make Ahead Breakfast Cookies from Kitchen Frau and Raisin Bran Muffins from Within the Kitchen are perfect to have on hand for a grab and go breakfast or snack.  The cookies are substantial, filled with seeds, whole grain flours, and dried fruit including raisins to provide energy and sweetness. I made both of these recipes with less sugar than called for with perfect results. I also reduced the dried fruit in the Breakfast Cookies to 1 cup of each.

Recipes that work for breakfast, snacks or dessert are total wins for busy schedules.  Swirls and Spice created this terrific Carrot Spice Granola, where the cardamom adds a sophisticated flavour. It would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Creamy and delicious, the Brown Rice Pudding from Our Fresh Kitchen is so comforting!  I subbed the rice with barley, which works equally well.

What are your favourite recipes with raisins?


Kale Slaw with Apples, Carrots and Raisins

Kale Slaw with Apples, Carrots and Raisins

Kale is delicious is this bright slaw combined with carrots, apples and raisins.  The secret is a Kale massage!  Some varieties and especially mature kale leaves can be thick and tough.  Massaging with vinegar, salt and olive oil tenderizes the leaves and enhances the sweetness. The combination of a dark green leafy and bright orange vegetable is superhealthy and a very refreshing light dish.  

Kale Slaw with Apples, Carrots and Raisins

1 bunch Kale, stems removed and cut into small pieces.  

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

Place kale in a bowl and add vinegar, olive oil and salt.  With clean hands massage until kale is shiny and bright green.  Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and the dressing.

1 apple cored and diced

1-2 carrots grated (about 11/2 cups)

2 chives minced

1/2 cup raisins


1/2 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp honey or sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper

Mix everything together in a bowl or small jar.

Add apple, carrots and chives to kale and toss.  Add dressing and toss until well combined, topping with raisins.  Enjoy!