Using Californina raisins in your favorite recipes

When I think of raisins, I remember my mom’s bakeshop. Mom added raisins on her Bread pudding. fruitcake, and cupcakes , Upside down cake and many more. The smell of raisins is such a comfort thinking of the good old days at mom’s kitchen.

I also add raisins to some of my recipes here such as:

Arroz a la Cubana

Two Delectable Ways with Menudo

Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish)

Chicken Relleno

Hardinera, a meatloaf dish

Cream Dory Tandoori with Raisin Couscous

Coleslaw with Pineapple and Marshmallows

Waldorf Salad

Ubod-Cabbage-Pineapple Slaw

Roast Guava Chicken

Menudo Sulipeña (Oxtail Stew

Free-range Chicken Galantina Roulade

Crepe Covered Embutido

Moroccan Sardine & Sweet Potato

Rellenong Alimasag in a Crab shell

Maple Rum Cake using Anchor Maple butter

Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Bread Pudding

When I think of raisins, the brand is “California raisins”.

At a recent event at Ikomai and Tochi, we got to taste many dishes where raisins were added.

Buta Kakuni
Garlic Chahan
Chan-chan Yaki (Salmom with raisins)
Vegan raisin cake

Not only did I experience such a sumptious meal. California Raisins showed us ways to embrace a sweet and healthy life.

If you have a sweet tooth but are looking to start your wellness journey, there is good news

California Raisins – beloved by many as Mother Nature’s candy – enable you to enjoy delicious dishes that nourish your soul and uplift your mood, while ensuring they still nourish your body and uplift your energy.

California Raisins are made for healthy eating and snacking. Dried in the warm California sunshine, they come by their sweetness naturally. This little fruit has many benefits that help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

To educate and inspire Filipinos on how they can transform their favorite food items to delightful dishes, California Raisins partnered with Dr. Klaus Tenbergen, certified Master Baker, to showcase easy, exciting, and affordable recipes that families can easily recreate at home. 


“Yummy snacks and desserts can still have a place on your table, even as you commit to a healthy lifestyle,” said Richard Lieu, Director of Trade Promotions. “Opting for natural ingredients like California Raisins, being more informed and intentional about your food choices and pursuing balance and moderation, can help make your wellness journey not just sustainable in the long-term, but even joyful and rewarding as well.”

To demonstrate how people can use California Raisins and cut down on sugar, Chef Tenbergen shares the following snack creations:

Easy Coconut California Raisin Bites


California Natural Raisins                        288 g

Shredded coconut (unsweetened)          72 g

Almonds                                          55 g

Coconut oil (melted)                                 100 g

Wheat germ (toasted)                            100 g

Oats (toasted)                                          150 g

Raisin paste                                             150 g

Apricot jam                                               85 g


Place all the ingredients except the shredded coconut, wheat germ and oats in a food processor and pulse until the mixture becomes a paste. Add the wheat germ and oats to the paste and mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Form 12 g balls and roll them in shredded coconut. Place them in an airtight container and store under refrigeration for up to two weeks.

Oatmeal Raisin cookie mug cake

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Mug Cake


California Raisins                                                       170 g

Almond milk (can be plant-based milk or cow’s milk)         340 g

Vegetable oil                                                               100 g

Honey                                                                         180 g

Gluten-free flour (can be all-purpose flour)                         300 g

Gluten-free oats (can be quick oats)                                   150 g

Baking powder                                                  12 g

Salt                                                                     7.5 g

Cinnamon                                                          3.3 g

Cinnamon/sugar mix                                                  as needed

Red berries coulis                                                       as needed


Whisk almond milk, oil and honey. In a separate bowl mix the flour, oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, and whisk again; stir in half the California Raisins. Mix all ingredients together.

Coat a coffee mug with cooking spray and flour. Add 125 g of the batter and add 1 tablespoon of red berries coulis. Sprinkle the top with some oats, the remaining California Raisins and cinnamon-sugar to taste. Cook in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, depending on your oven. The cake is ready when it has stopped rising and no longer looks wet around the sides. Let cool slightly before serving.

So there you have it, two recipes that are so easy to prepare for your family or guests. Of course, you can still add raisins to your favorite meat loaf or menudo dish.