Combine raisins with 1 teaspoon of the melted shortening; chop. Sift flour with sugar, baking powder, salt and spices; add raisins. Beat egg lightly; add milk and remaining shortening and blend into dry ingredients. Stir only until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon into greased muffin pans. Combine all ingredients for Sesame Ginger Topping; mix well and sprinkle on muffins. Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes, or until browned. Let stand about 5 minutes, then remove from pans. Serve immediately.


  • 3/4 Cup California raisins
  • 1/3 Cup melted shortening, divided
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 egg


Sesame Ginger Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground ginger

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 200 (Calories from Fat 31%); Total Fat 7 ( Saturated Fat 2; Trans Fat 1; ); Cholesterol 15; Sodium 290; Potassium 180; Total Carbohydrate 32; Dietary Fiber 1; Sugars 15; Protein 4; Calcium 41; Iron 1;

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Raisins are great food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.