No Sugar Added Cinnamon Raisin Butter Fruit Spread
I was asked to participate in the “California Raisins. Sweet. Naturally.” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of the California raisins mentioned in this post, and I was compensated for my time, but as always, all opinions are my own.
This Cinnamon Raisin Butter is a healthy, no sugar added fruit spread that's perfect for an afternoon snack. Spread some on pita bread with nut butter or ricotta cheese.
Is there a person on this earth who doesn’t crave a snack around 3:00 each day? It’s like clockwork, whether you’re young or old -- there’s a teeny (or sometimes screaming loud) voice inside your head that says “feed me or else!” right smack in the middle of the afternoon. Anyone with kids knows all about the complete physical and mental breakdown that occurs when one is unprepared for the Hangry Horrors. But offer them something delicious, filling, and healthy, and that afternoon snack can easily turn evil little monsters into happy, sweet and energetic angels.
Well, guess what? Even though most adults can do a good job of controlling our hangry tantrums (it doesn’t look so good after all, to have a breakdown in the middle of a business meeting) even grownups still need a healthy snack in the mid-afternoon. Imagine how much happier the world and especially our workplace would be with snack and nap at 3:00 each day. Just sayin…
And California raisins still make the perfect snack food. Remember when you found them in your snack bag when you were young? Well, they’re still around, and they’re still the perfect snack no matter what your age.
California raisins are an all natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about serving your kids, or yourself as part of a healthy pick-me-up-when-I need-it-most snack. Their sweetness is all raisins – not a drop of added sugar, and absolutely none needed. Ever. Feel free to check the nutrition label if you don’t quite believe me. You’ll also notice that raisins provide a healthy dose of fiber, potassium and iron, and they're completely fat free.
While snacking is perfectly acceptable for kids, I know lots of adults who think it’s a no-no. Actually, let me put on my dietitian coat for a moment and set the record straight. Adding a healthy snack in the afternoon will actually help you to eat less later in the day. Yup, it’s true. Research suggests that it works for kids, and I’m willing to bet that the same is true for the rest of us too. Especially when you pair sweet raisins with a touch of cinnamon, to make raisin butter, and serve it on top of whole grain bread with a dollop of nut butter or luscious ricotta cheese.
This recipe couldn’t be any easier, and it makes enough to keep the kids satisfied for several afternoon snacking sessions. Or bring a jar to work to share at snack time. And don’t forget your blankey 😉
Cinnamon Raisin Butter
- 2 ½ cups black or golden California raisins
- 2 medium pears peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup water
- Place all ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pear is soft and broken down, and the raisins are very plump and softened.
- Remove the mixture from the heat, and let cool.
- Place the raisin mixture into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade.
- Process until raisins are smooth.
- Pour into a 12- ounce jar, and store for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Serve on toast, with ricotta or nut butter,
For more information about the health benefits of raisins or for more recipes and inspiration, check out the California Raisins website.
This spread is surprisingly tasty! I have a surplus of raisins and I am so pleased I was able to utilize them and make such a delish spread. Thank you!
I'm so glad you like it Lauran! It's a great snack idea with nut butter 🙂
About how many cups does the pears come out too? Roughly..
I'm gonna guess about 1 cup once the pears are peeled and cored. It's actually not that important for this recipe though. You can use a bit more or less of the fruit and it will still work. Enjoy!
I love that this is so simple, healthy and looks delicious!
Thanks so much - and I must say I agree with you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂
Can you freeze this?
Hi Dori, I haven't tried freezing it. I think it might be a bit watery when thawed but if you stir it well, it might be OK. Let me know if you try it!
This sounds nice and easy....and delicious! I think these could be a 'dangerous' snack for me as I could not just have one little one..:)
I know exactly what you mean Pat! At least it's a healthy snack though... 🙂
Oh Anne... this is gorgeous! Love, love!
And that voice is super loud in my head every afternoon... around 3:40 when I'm frustrated and hungry sitting in carline waiting on my second grader. Maybe I'll be slathering this over some cheese and a cracker with a glass of wine around 5pm on days when carline is especially frustrating 🙂
Ha ha LOVE that idea! I remember those carline days - it gets better 🙂
Kind of what I like best about hermits, in a spread! Can't wait to try it!
Thanks for visiting Julie 🙂 Let me know if you like it!
Oh yum! and that does look super easy! I always crave an afternoon snack and this would definitely be a nice way to change up my typical snack. My kids will love it too!
Thanks for stopping by Jessica! I think this is the perfect afternoon snack, no matter what your age!