Raisin Almond Butter Breakfast Spread

This isn’t just any almond butter.  Yummy!  Yummy! RAW and preservative FREE!

Raisin Almond Breakfast Spread
I was wondering if I would get this article typed before I finished my slice of gluten free bread and this almond butter spread.  Nope!  It’s all gone, but I will finish this before getting another helping.
This recipe comes from the Whole Food Recipes book that came with my Vitamix.(If you order a Vitamix using my affiliate code “06-006562″ you will receive FREE standard shipping.)
Ingredients           Directions
2 TBS honey or agave nectar1 cup raw almonds
2-inch cube of fresh ginger (I used a crystallized ginger)
1 cup raisins
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1/2 cup raisins, 4 dates and 4 dried apricots (figs, etc)
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 1 minute, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
Notes:  You might want to add a bit of oil to get the desired consistency you desire.  The Roasted Almond Butter recipe in the book does recommend this.  My spread was very thick, but perhaps if I would have used fresh ginger, it would have had a softer texture.  Also, be sure to remove any pits from your dried fruits such as figs and dates or you will have hard pit pieces that can harm your teeth.
Cleaning:  This was amazingly easy to clean.  I tried to create a video, but my camera did not do a good job.  I know this is the stickiest mess I would ever create in the Vitamix, so it was a good test.  I did have to clean it twice.  The cleaning instructions are to fill with 1/2 water add 1-2 drops of dish liquid and run for 1 minute.  I guess sticky messes such as these require 2 minutes.
More Ideas:  I can imagine adding cinnamon or cayenne pepper to the mix to give a different spice.  My taste buds are SCREAMING!
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