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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Chef Miko Aspiras and his California Raisins winning cookie recipe

When I went on a diet a decade ago, I incorporated raisins in my diet for some carbohydrates to get me the energy I needed for the gym. I weighed around 142 during those years and I had a hard time moving around, that's why raisins played a role in my diet during those years. And who would have said no to raisins, Id love putting them in my bread, salads and oatmeals.

One of the biggest benefits of eating raisins is that they’re a quick, easy and tasty way to get some of your daily recommended fruit servings. Women should eat at least 1.5 cups of fruit daily and men should have 2 cups. One small box of raisins, which is 1.5 ounces and holds about 90 raisins, fills one-half cup of your daily fruit requirement, plus it only has 129 calories and no fat. The same portion has 1.3 grams of protein, which gives men 2 percent and women 3 percent of their recommended daily intake.

Chef Miko Aspiras

I recently attended a California Raisins event at Enderrun Colleges, McKinley. The baking event was graced by Chef Miko Aspiras, pastry chef of Scout’s Honor and Le Petite Souffle and California Raisins executives. There was a baking cookie contest. We all participated in putting toppings of our choice for our cookies, and our team "California Raisinettes"  emerged as winners. Aint that sweet? My teammate Ms. Analyn Jusay's "cookie: was selected as the best cookie of the night.

California Raisins, in collaboration with Chef Miko Aspiras, have come up with an easy-to-prepare snack recipe for the back-to-school season

California Raisins are naturally sweet and contain no added sugar, preservatives and colorants. They are fat- and cholesterol-free and provide a source of fiber, potassium, vitamins and minerals.  Also, California Raisins blend well with both sweet and savory dishes.

“California Raisins recipes are very easy to prepare, so parents won’t have a hard time making snacks for their children,” said Richard Lieu, Trade Promotions Director (Southeast Asia) of the Raisin Administrative Committee. “Parents and kids can also snack on California Raisins straight out of the box which makes them a healthy snack alternative for people on the go,” he added.

California Raisins are carefully harvested, naturally sun-dried and backed by strict USDA inspection standards to ensure they are the cleanest and highest quality raisins in the world.

“I love using California Raisins in my dessert because they are naturally sweet, consistent in size, texture, and chewiness,” Miko Aspiras, pastry chef of Scout’s Honor and Le Petite Souffle. “Try out my new California Raisins cookie recipe and personalize it with the topping of your choice:”

170g California Raisins
85g brown sugar
85g white sugar
112 g unsalted butter (softened but not melted)
2 pcs egg whole
195g All purpose flour
2g baking soda
2 g iodized salt
1 g baking powder
2 g vanilla extract

1. Sift all dry ingredients together, set aside.
2. Using a hand mixer or a standing mixer, cream the butter, white and brown sugars using a paddle attachment until mixture is light and airy.
3. Add in eggs one at a time, add in vanilla extract.
4. Using a rubber scraper or spatula, fold in dry ingredients lightly and evenly.
5. Lastly fold in raisins.
6. Spread mixture in a flat baking tray and chill until dough is firm.
7. Scoop cookie mixture (30g each) on a non-stick baking tray
8. Bake at 170°C for 6 minutes.

California Raisins are available in leading supermarkets nationwide. To know more about California Raisins, visit and or like them at Facebook at

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