This month’s Improv Challenge was oats + raisins. I can’t wait to see what others did because for the life of me, I couldn’t think past muffins, cookies or bread (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
These two foods are certainly a dynamic duo for a dietitian. In America, oats are one of the most beloved whole grains and dried fruits, such as raisins (when there isn’t extra sugar added) are a terrific, nutrient dense ingredient which pair well with so many other foods (think nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits, veggies, the list goes on.) My personal favorite? Those gorgeous amber colored golden raisins.
I’ve had this oatmeal bread recipe for ages, given to me by my grandmother – who probably got from a magazine decades ago. I tweaked it by adding in white whole wheat flour and ground flax for some extra fiber and for sweetness, tossed in the golden raisins, too.
Next time, I think I’d add some cinnamon and nutmeg for that cinnamon raisin effect. This is a delicious bread for breakfast or for gift giving (the holidays are around the corner…..)
Here are more tempting oat & raisin recipes for your reading and cooking pleasure!