The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health reports on their website that raisin sauce is their “most magical asked-for recipe” that they make in 5-gallon buckets.Jump to Recipe
This sauce is perfect as a topping for cooked grain breakfast cereals, and I could imagine using this sauce as a substitute for syrup on pancakes.
For someone with a sweet tooth, why not enjoy raisin sauce with roasted veggies, or add a scoop into a soup or stew to sweeten it up?
You could also add this sauce as a supplement to add fiber and sweeten up a smoothie.
The uses for this sauce are endless, limited only by what you can dream up.
Ayurvedic approach to dried fruit
I was attracted to this recipe because it utilizes Ayurvedic principles to transform dried raisins—which are kind of chewy and unattractive—into a luxurious and highly digestible sauce.
Ayurveda is a traditional system of healthcare from ancient India that uses the qualities in food and daily habits to support balance and overall health.
On its own, dried fruit is actually very difficult to digest due to its dry and leathery qualities.
The body has to work really hard to rehydrate the fruit in your gut and work it into a form that you can assimilate.
In Ayurveda we recommend soaking dried fruits to rehydrate them and make them easier to digest.
Blending the raisins into a sauce also increases digestibility.
Using these techniques for dried fruit saves the gut from having to do that job after you swallow.
Raisin health benefits
The Ayurvedic qualities of raisins are sweet, sour, and cooling.
Perhaps their most famous benefit is as a high-fiber laxative. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Anyone who experiences constipation fairly regularly is going to benefit from eating more raisins.
The dark brown or black color of most raisins suggest that raisins are strengthening for the blood and liver, and this is true.
Raisins are also mildly cleansing; they help clean and purify the blood.
All of these are good reasons to include this versatile raisin sauce in your daily diet.
Raisin sauce variations
So how about some variations?
The basic recipe is just raisins and water.
I’m thinking that you might have some dried fruit sitting around your kitchen that you need to use up, so how about combining, or even substituting raisins for other dried fruits?
Follow this basic recipe to use up dried dates, apricots, prunes, figs, currents, cherries, cranberries, and even multiple different types of raisins you might have.
The other thing you can do is add in a pinch of your favorite sweet spices, such as cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, or nutmeg.
You could even try fresh ginger or a bit of orange.
Kripalu’s ‘Magical’ Raisin Sauce for Hot Cereal
Helpful Kitchen Tools:
- ½ cup raisins
- ¾ cup cold water
- Place raisins in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for 8 hours, or overnight.
- Add the raisins and water to a blender, and blend until smooth, about 20-30 seconds.
- Pour the finished sauce into a glass jar. Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 10 days.