National Raisin Day is cause for celebration! These little treats are the perfect addition to sweet and savory recipes alike, since they complement so many different flavors and contribute their signature sweetness without overpowering the dish. Commonly known as nature’s candy, enjoy raisins in these 10 recipes that you can find on our Food Monster App!

1. Chickpea Peanut Stew Apricot and Raisins

Vegan Chickpea Peanut Stew With Apricot and Raisins [Gluten-Free] topped with cilantro

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This Chickpea Peanut Stew Apricot and Raisins from Marieke Gruwel is warm and cozy, perfect for a Sunday night dinner. The stew is so filling and deserves a night in in your pajamas and a movie! Serve it with rice and garnish it with cilantro and peanuts.

2. Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Whipped Coconut Cream and Chocolate

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These Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Whipped Coconut Cream and Chocolate from Emily von Euw are moist, chewy, flavorful and delicious! You can whip ’em up in just a few minutes and share them with vegan skeptics to show how a-freaking-mazing our grub can be.

3. Mango, Chili, and Lime Quinoa Salad

Mango Chili Lime and Quinoa Salad

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This creative Mango, Chili, and Lime Quinoa Salad from Rachel Clarke will make you see salads as more than just a bed of greens. Fresh, juicy mango and sweet golden raisins are mixed with zesty lime juice and spicy diced chilis. The greens are tossed with quinoa, crisp red onion and bell pepper, then combined with the fruit and topped with pecans and pumpkin seeds for crunch and protein.

4. Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal Bars

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These Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal Bars from Maria and Alyssa Tosoni are sweetened naturally with banana, maple syrup, a touch of cinnamon, almond extract for flavor, and a handful of raisins. They’re topped with a finishing touch of a drizzle of melty chocolate. Double up on a batch of these so you have enough to get you through the week — one batch for lunch boxes and one batch for snacking at home.

5. Tropical Pineapple and Mango Fruit Mince

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Made from a mix of dried fruits coated in a sweet, sticky sauce, this Tropical Pineapple and Mango Fruit Mince from Karen Kitto can be added to tarts, baked into cakes, rolled into energy bites, and more. This version adds a tropical spin to the traditional fruit blend, punctuated by warm spices and orange zest. This fruit mince is so good, you might be tempted to grab a few spoonfuls before using it for desserts — don’t worry, we won’t tell.

6. Raw Chocolate Raisin Oat Cookies

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These Raw Chocolate Raisin Oat Cookies from Emily von Euw are not baked – instead, they’re dehydrated! Totally great for you and totally delicious. Give them a try!

7. Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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An easy vegan no knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Fabio Gallo with a perfectly crisp crust and soft and chewy sweet inside. Serve with some vegan butter or jam or make a sandwich! You will never get tired of this simple yet tasty treat!

8. Cinnamon Rolls With Coconut Frosting and Caramel Raisin Filling

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These Cinnamon Rolls With Coconut Frosting and Caramel Raisin FIlling from Emily von Euw are awesome. They are low fat-ish, nut-free, and gluten-free so eat as many as your heart desires. Oh and duh – they’re also raw and vegan which means no processed or refined ingredients!

9. Creamy Soothing Carrot Raisin Soup

Creamy Soothing Carrot Raisin Soup [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This Creamy Soothing Carrot Raisin Soup from Nikki and Zuzana is nourishing, comforting and soothing, and it feeds your gut with just the right things you need to repair and replenish. It’s also just five ingredients – not including the salt – that you probably already have in your pantry right now!

10. Cinnamon and Raisin Cookies

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These gluten free Cinnamon and Raisin Cookies from Natalie Yonan are soft, chewy, and don’t have any refined sugar in them. Filled with delicious cinnamon and raisin, they’re basically like a taste of heaven.

Need more raisin recipes? Check out 10 Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Recipes and our Raisin Archives! We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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