If you have relegated raisins strictly to oatmeal cookies and frogs on a log, it is time to expand your horizons and let this dried fruit shine in a host of new ways. For the past few months on the Relish Blog, a team of fabulous bloggers have been sharing their very best recipes and DIYs with us. We've deemed them our "Raisin Ambassadors" and here are 18 of their very best offerings along with snippets on why they love them.
Blogger: Janelle Maiocco from Talk of Tomatoes Janelle Says: Burgers anyone? Good. Because then I have reason to make this cabbage salad—and this version includes blue cheese and raisins ['dried grapes']! Recipe: Blue Cheese Raisin Coleslaw
Blogger: Janelle Maiocco from Talk of Tomatoes Janelle Says: I had given all of my siblings a little stash of homemade goodies for Christmas, and my homemade granola was part of each gift. This versatile granola recipe with raisins is not only easy to make, but I venture to bet: better than any store-bought granola. Recipe: Easy Homemade Granola with Raisins
Blogger: Ericka Sanchez from Nibbles and Feasts Ericka Says: This salad will definitely captivate you. “But it has Brussels sprouts!” you say. Yes, I know. Let’s look past that and talk all about the other ingredients that make this salad awesome. It has raisins, balsamic vinegar and Korean pears. It’s like a perfect marriage of flavors. Recipe: Warm Winter Salad
Blogger: Ericka Sanchez from Nibbles and Feasts Ericka Says: We love arroz con leche con pasas (rice pudding with raisins) as a fun treat. But when we are on the road, it’s difficult for a 4-year-old to hold the container and spoon in a moving car without spilling and making a sticky mess. Not only were these the perfect size for his little hands but perfect for dipping. Recipe: Raisin Arroz con Leche Empanadas
Blogger: Laura Fuentes from MOMables Laura Says: This snack mix is easy to make and you can mix up a large batch of it for the week. Popcorn, pretzels, california raisins… all covered in a light maple glaze with just a touch of cinnamon. A little bit salty and a little bit sweet. Believe me when I say it won’t just appeal to the kids for snacking…you might just find it hard to resist yourself. Recipe: Maple Glazed Snack Mix
Blogger: Laura Fuentes from MOMables Laura Says: These oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites taste just like the real thing, are loaded with omega 3s, fiber and protein. All the goodness of a healthy snack, plus the taste of an oatmeal raisin cookie in each bite. Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites
Blogger: Alysa Bajenaru from Inspired RD Alysa Says: As my attention turns to spring, my taste buds head there too. I’m thinking these endive salad bites will be the perfect lunch before a hot baseball game with my family. They would also be a nice appetizer for a baby shower or birthday party. Recipe: Spring Endive Salad Bites
Blogger: Alysa Bajenaru from Inspired RD Alysa Says: Have you ever had fresh beets? Just-pulled-from-the-ground-greens-still-attached beets? If not, you’re missing out. They are tender and sweet, like candy. We also had tangerines in our basket, so I used them to make a fresh vinaigrette. Tossed with crumbled goat cheese and golden raisins, this salad was a hit! Recipe: Beet Salad with Tangerine Vinaigrette
Blogger: Meredith Steele from In Sock Monkey Slippers Meredith Says: The combinations in this burger create layers of flavor that will have you practically inhaling it. I know we did. Savory, slightly sweet, and fresh, this Raisin Lamb Burger with Mint Yogurt Sauce is the perfect combination and will most likely end up on your weekly menu a lot. Recipe: Raisin Lamb Burgers with Mint Yogurt Sauce
Blogger: Meredith Steele from In Sock Monkey Slippers Meredith Says: These Roasted Drumsticks with Chipotle Raisin glaze are a sinful combination of spicy, sweet, and smoky that will make your mouth very happy. Recipe: Roasted Drumsticks with Chipotle Raisin Glaze
Blogger: Susan Whetzel from Doughmesstic Susan Says: I had a hankering for these cinnamon rolls the other day, but as I was spreading out the butter and sugar, I remembered a huge bag of Golden California Raisins hanging out in my baking drawer. Of course, I knew I had to use them. So plump and juicy, the perfect amount of sweet. They added just the right texture and flavor. Recipe: Cinnamon Raisin Buns
Blogger: Susan Whetzel from Doughmesstic Susan Says: I could not wait to share these popovers with you. Oatmeal Raisin. Great with a little cream cheese drizzle if you are so inclined, or, just a good dose of maple syrup like I did here. Simple, delicious, and in your belly in under 30 minutes. Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Popovers
Blogger: Brandi Evans from Bran Appetit Brandi Says: I’d like to introduce you to the only way I can serve brussel sprouts in our house: raw, thinly sliced, in salad form, with a rockin’ dressing. Our new favorite salad is a big bowl of lettuce topped with golden raisins, walnuts, feta, and a maple dressing. Ohmygoodness, it is so good. Recipe: Brussels Sprout and Raisin Slaw with Maple Dijon Dressing
Blogger: Brandi Evans from Bran Appetit Brandi Says: When I was travelling with the California Raisin Ambassador group in September, one of the dishes we had for lunch one day had Earl Grey tea infused raisins, and I just couldn’t get them out of my head. Tea soaked raisins, in biscuits, glazed with more tea and buttermilk. I hope you guys are just as excited for new biscuits as I am, because these are some of my best yet! Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits with Earl Grey Soaked Raisins
Blogger: Paula Jones from Bell'alimento Paula Says: The sweet, sticky, salty combination is unbelievable. I made a double batch up of Cajeta sauce and you might want to as well. I’m going to be drizzling it on EVERYTHING. Serve this with a side of crackers, bread or fruit, or even just a spoon. Recipe: Baked Brie with Cajeta Fruit and Nuts
Blogger: Paula Jones from Bell'alimento Paula Says: If you’re looking for a super easy dessert, then bread pudding is a great choice. The hard part is unwrapping the perfectly packaged Panettone and cutting it into cubes. Or maybe it’s the whisking and pouring? As you can tell it’s pretty hard. Slice, dice, pour, bake and wait. That’s about all folks. Recipe: Panettone Bread Pudding
Blogger: Carolyn Ketchum from All Day I Dream About Food Carolyn Says: Delicious little rounds of savoury/sweet almond flour shortbread, upon which to rest your favourite cheeses. Or just to munch plain, because they are that good. My kids loved them, and I had to shoo them away so I’d have enough to pair with my Triple Cream Brie! Recipe: Raisin Rosemary Crisps
Blogger: Carolyn Ketchum from All Day I Dream About Food Carolyn Says: I love the idea of chocolate stuffed with nuts and dried fruits, and as long as you have my low carb sweetened condensed milk, some nuts and some of my sugar-free dried cranberries on hand, you can make this recipe in a matter of minutes. Recipe: Fruit and Nut Fudge--Low Carb and Gluten-Free
Meet our Raisin Ambassadors. These ladies have been hard at work finding (and cooking) the best raisin recipes out there. From cookies to salads and biscuits, they have it all. These are our favorite recipes to curb our raisin cravings. Look through our list and choose yours.
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