I’m not so sure about this gift in a jar.
I mean, sure, nut butter is probably one of the most appropriate things to put in a jar and possibly one of the most appreciated.
But the problem is…
I just don’t think you’re going to want to hand this stuff out.
I just don’t think you’re going to be able to hand this stuff out. You’ll put it in the jar, seal it with a lid, deliver it to a friend, and then they’ll open it. They’ll open it and wonder why the jar is half empty, why there are gooey chocolate fingerprints all over it, and why you have a lovely smear of chocolate on your forehead where you wiped the hair off your face as you dove straight in.
So that is your warning. Do with this as you please. Maybe make two batches. Maybe put it in your gift pile. I mean, you’ve worked hard this year. You owe yourself a gift. Maybe gift it to your significant other so you can sneak spoonfuls when they’re not looking and then say, “Wow, you’re really not wasting any time with that stuff!”
Whatever gift giving route you decide to take, one thing is for sure.
Make this now.
Mocha Almond Butter [yields ~ 1 1/4 cups]
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons + 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2-3 teaspoons coconut sugar or sucanat [optional]
- 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 300*F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Toss the almonds with the maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder, then spread on the baking sheet.
- Roast for 10 minutes, turn almonds, then roast for another 10 minutes.
- Remove and let cool for 10-12 minutes. You want them to still be warm but not hot.
- Scrape almonds from the parchment into your high powdered food processor [at least 10 cup capacity] and turn on.
- Let spin, scraping down the sides as needed until it starts to form a thick, doughy texture. 8-10 minutes.
- Add in the melted coconut oil and let spin until it is fully smooth and drippy. Scrape the sides as needed. The process will take 12-15 minutes in total.
- Add in the 1 teaspoon espresso powder, cocoa powder, and salt and let spin until smooth.
- Taste and add 2-3 teaspoons of coconut sugar and/or more salt if desired.
- Pour into a jar and let cool to room temperature before sealing. Best kept in the fridge.
notes: This fits in an 8oz jar with about 1/4 cup leftover. You can sub another oil for coconut if needed. You can sub another sugar for the coconut sugar if desired.
*You can also keep this as just an espresso almond butter by stopping after step 7. Leave out the cocoa powder and extra teaspoon of espresso powder [photographed in the first photo]. You could also add in the beans from 1/2 of a scraped vanilla bean pod for extra flavor.
If you want to share a gift in a jar that you’re making this year, please feel free to do so! Either tweet or instagram the photo to @edibleASH with the hashtag: #giftsinjars Or, email the photo and your name to at: edibleperspective AT gmail DOT com – The post will be going up this Friday.
Also, part II of Ann + Chris’s wedding recap is up on my photography blog. Here’s a little preview.