Raisins pack so much nutrition in a tiny package. When grapes are dehydrated to produce raisins, the nutrients become more concentrated, making them rich in vitamin B, iron and potassium. These nutrients help support your immune system, lower your blood pressure and regulate your metabolism.

Raisins are a great snack for kids, and they also make tasty additions to all kinds of baked goods, salads and side dishes. Here are four of our favourite classic raisin recipes. Try these at home this weekend!

Soft Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction  
Classic oatmeal raisin cookies are an all-time favourite treat and this one by Sally’s Baking Addiction certainly sets the bar high, with chewy oatmeal and sweet raisins in a buttery batter, kissed with a touch of cinnamon.

Granola by Alton Brown
The Food Network’s Alton Brown pulls out all the stops with his highly rated granola recipe. This one calls for a full cup of raisins, with lots of added crunch and texture from almonds, cashews and coconut. Try this and you’ll never go back to store-bought granola.

Norma’s Apple Raisin Cabbage Slaw by Just a Pinch  
This super refreshing coleslaw recipe has a lovely sweetness, thanks to the addition of raisins and apple slices. It’s a no-fail way to get kids and adults alike to enjoy their vegetables!

Couscous with Raisins, Pine Nuts and Capers by Emily Han  
Nothing could be simpler than this couscous recipe – all you have to do is boil the couscous and mix it in with sautéed onions and the other ingredients. You’ll have an elegant side dish in no time that will impress your guests.

 

Joanna Kang