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Recipes with Raisins

Posted Jan 17 2011 5:49am
Happy MLK Day!  Do you have to work?   I've had to work all weekend and am working Monday, too.

We've had such amazing weather over the weekend here.  High 70s, and blue perfect skies

Skylar took time to smell the roses a purple flower

And we spent lots of time outdoors walking and appreciating the blooming flowers

On a recent TJ's trip , I picked of a bag of our favorite raisins.
  I always have a bag or two of these on hand

Case in point, I use them to top my Peanut Butter Banana "Crowns"  
Peanut Butter Banana "Crowns"
And I use them in Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
  Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
I use raisins in High Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls
High Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls
Banana Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Raisins are in my Vegan Rum Cake Balls , too
Vegan Rum Cake Balls
But yesterday I topped some Homemade Vegan GF Granola with a few raisins

  Vegan GF Granola
Or top some Microwave Banana Oat Cakes with a few raisins or add some to the "batter"

Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

From my last post on Snack Bar Reviews and how to make your own snack bars at home , I'm glad you enjoyed that info.
And it was fun to hear your thoughts about foods that are labeled one way but don't taste much , if anything,like the label , it was fun to hear what you think tastes nothing like what it says it's going to.

Let's be real, these burgers don't taste like real burgers.  But for me, as I explained , that's a good thing.

Snack: Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea "Peanuts"   
These do taste quite a bit like peanuts.  Just bake them long enough so they get as crunchy as possible.

Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea "Peanuts"   

Dessert/Snack/Breakfast:  In keeping with the raisin trend, I use raisins in Vegan GF Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins  
The nice thing about these muffins, and all my muffin recipes, is that I just mix everything by hand so you don't have to worry about not wanting to dig out a big mixer and then have lots of dishes, beaters, and bowls to deal with.   Just grab one bowl and a spoon and your muffin tin and you're set for these.

Barely hardened on the outside, super gooey and warm in the middle Vegan GF Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins  

1. Best thing you've ate or done this weekend? 
The weather has been glorious, so has time with the family, and I have had lots of great food like the Cheezy Vegetable Bake .  

2. Are you still on your weekend?  Do you have Monday off?
I am working but such is life.

3. Do you like raisins?  Or, dried fruit in general?
I do like raisins and dried fruit.  I mean, drying fruit removes the moisture and concentrates the natural sugars in the fruit.  And I like sugar.  So of course logic would follow that I like dried fruit, right!  Raisins are a great source of plant-based iron and also fiber.

As a child, I used to beg my mom to buy me dried apricots.  They were a rare treat, but gosh, I adored them.  And still do!

TJ's has an awesome selection of dried fruit, and I also have This which I know I should just dry my own.  But I haven't lately.

If you like this post about raisins, you may like my Fast & Easy Snack Ideas post I did last week.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Bananas anyone?
Have a great day!
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