Are you a fan of raisins? This past week I went to an event hosted by California Raisins to talk about fun and nutritious snack ideas for back-to-school. I have one kiddo that loves raisins, and one that loves them baked inside something- like oatmeal cookies. California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as an after-school snack. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins.
Of course we’ve all seen the fun idea of “ants on a log”. I shared a pic of these on my Facebook page, and someone suggested using cream cheese instead of peanut butter for nut allergies. Great idea!
I love how convenient and portable California Raisins are. A great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. We have a lot of nights where we have dance or kickball practice and need something easy to eat in the car on the way. They are a great value, too. According to the USDA, raisins are the most economical dried fruit. Who knew?
I had bananas going brown on my counter and decided to make up some muffins. I wanted to make sure my kiddo liked them so I could plan to put some in her lunchbox in a few weeks. I added cinnamon, oatmeal, and raisins and the result was a delicious banana bread meets oatmeal cookie flavor. California Raisins have zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar. Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).
Spiced and sweet these oatmeal raisin muffins go great with a cup of coffee.
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp brown sugar packed
- 1 tbsp butter melted
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 large egg beaten
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup California Raisins
For the topping: In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, and 1 tbsp. melted butter; set aside.
For muffins: Mash bananas in a medium bowl.
Stir in egg and milk. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and remaining amounts of oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Stir the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
Gently stir in raisins, don't over mix, the batter will be lumpy.
Spoon into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle each with topping.
Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Raisins.