Mental Health Benefits
Yes, raisins are dried out, wrinkly fruits that not everyone likes to munch on. However, they should be, due to the many nutrients they contain that can help keep the body healthy.
Raisins are dried out grapes that are naturally sweet and can be white, red or dark brown on color depending on the type of grapes that were dried. The way the grapes are turned into raisins is by leaving them out in the hot sun attached to the vines to dry for several days until they become deep in color, wrinkly and shriveled up. However, some grapes are placed in a dehydrator to dry, or are flame-dried to help bring out more of their sweetness and color.
Those who suffer from fatigue and depression can strongly benefit from eating raisins as a daily snack because they provide the body with plenty of B vitamins. B vitamins are needed by the body to help keep the brain healthy, our moods happy and balanced, and our energy levels up so we do not become run down while we do our daily activities. Raisins also contain high amounts of natural sugars that can help give us a quick boost of energy when we are feeling sluggish.
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
3 each Eggs, beaten
1 ½ Cups White Sugar
2 Tbsp. Light brown sugar
½ tsp Ground cinnamon
¼ Cup Butter, melted
3 Cups Whole milk
10 slices Bread, toasted & cubed
1 Cup Raisins
½ Cup Light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Flour
1 pinch Ground cinnamon
1 each Egg
2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
1 ¼ Cups Whole milk
1 pinch Salt
1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375*F (190*C). Grease a 9×13” baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients for bread pudding except the bread and raisins. Fold in bread and raisins. Lightly spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Bake in preheated oven until browned & set in middle, 50-55 minutes; cover the dish with foil after 30 minutes to prevent excess browning. Let pudding stand 10 minutes before serving.
For vanilla sauce whisk together all ingredients for sauce except vanilla in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, 10-12 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour sauce over warm bread pudding to serve.