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.)
2 TBS honey or agave nectar1 cup raw almonds
2-inch cube of fresh ginger (I used a crystallized ginger)
1 cup raisins -or- 1/2 cup raisins, 4 dates and 4 dried apricots (figs, etc)
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
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!
I don’t know how I came about this recipe, but it has two of my favorite things in it. I love sweet potatoes and lentils, so I had to try it. It has lots of Indian flavors, quite tasty – especially if you are looking for something different.
Serves 4 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 3 teaspoons curry powder 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 pinch of cinnamon 2 cups organic red lentils, rinsed 1 medium sweet potato, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 medium red onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 or 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (chile paste) or dried red chiles (I used Chiapaspaste.) 4 cups water Pink Himalayan sea salt 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
1. Toast the cumin seeds and powder, fennel seeds, curry powder, coriander, turmeric, and cinnamon in a cast iron frying pan on high heat until the cumin seeds start to pop.
2. Add the red lentils and stir until the spices are mixed in. Add a splash of water and continue cooking and stirring. Add the sweet potato, carrots, onion, sambal oelek, and 4 cups water.
3. Stir, cover, and bring to a boil, then stir again, turn down the heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes until the sweet potatoes and lentils are cooked. Add salt to taste, and serve garnished with fresh cilantro.
I was actually looking for a green smoothie recipe when I came across this recipe in Ani Phyo’s Book, “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen”. I’d been making almond milk and rice milk in the Vitamix, but today this one caught my attention. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly because I was too lazy to measure (I’m not sure why I didn’t use more water??), but to my surprise it was wonderful. My version tasted like a creamy “hot chocolate”. Yes I said hot chocolate. I guess it was the praline-ness of it that made it taste so good. The vitamix warmed it up, so that’s why it was warm (I didn’t add cold water or ice). But it was a frothy, warm, creamy and sweet beverage! I was going to save some for the kids, but that didn’t happen. I’ll have to make them some when they actually get home. AND best of all — it’s 100% raw. Like Ani states in her book, “dates have fiber, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and patothenic acid. [All these vitamins give us energy and THEY ALSO MAKE HEMOGLOBIN!]“
Here is the original recipe (which I plan to make later and keep in the fridge as a milk substitute):
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup pitted dates
1 TBS coconut oil
1/2 vanilla bean
Pinch sea salt
5 cups water
1/4 cup pecans
2 Mejdool dates, pits removed
1/4 – 1/2 tsp coconut oil
a few drops of vanilla extract
1 quick shake of salt (from salt shaker)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of water
Now, when the winter gets here I will add raw cacao (or carob) powder for a true hot chocolate. Carob has only 1/3 the calories of chocolate, it’s high in vitamins A and B and other nutrients. RAW is the way to go…support your health with good for you, healthy drinks that are yummy too! I dare you to try this if you like hot chocolate…you will crave “this one” in the future.
One Added Bonus: Did you know that coconut oil is not stored in the body as fat?
I learned about water kefir from Ani Phyo. You can view how to make water kefir at Ani’s website. She calls it a naturally effervescent probiotic drink. Probiotics are full of friendly bacteria for building healthy intestinal flora.
Water Kefir is a fermented using water kefir grains. I purchase my Yemoos. Yemoos also sells Kombucha mushrooms. I love to drink Kombuchas too, but I haven’t started making it on my own. I think the Water Kefir is a bit easier. The entire family loves to drink it and it’s much more economical than any store-bought probiotic. We can flavor it any way we like using natural fruits. This is a bubbly drink I can feel good about giving to my family. grains from