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mocha almond butter {gifts in jars}

I’m not so sure about this gift in a jar.

Mocha Almond Butter | Edible Perspective

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.

Mocha Almond Butter | Edible Perspective

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!”

Mocha Almond Butter | Edible Perspective

Whatever gift giving route you decide to take, one thing is for sure.

Make this now.

Mocha Almond Butter | Edible Perspective

Print this!

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
  1. Preheat your oven to 300*F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the almonds with the maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder, then spread on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 10 minutes, turn almonds, then roast for another 10 minutes.
  4. Remove and let cool for 10-12 minutes.  You want them to still be warm but not hot.
  5. Scrape almonds from the parchment into your high powdered food processor [at least 10 cup capacity] and turn on.
  6. Let spin, scraping down the sides as needed until it starts to form a thick, doughy texture.  8-10 minutes.
  7. 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.
  8. Add in the 1 teaspoon espresso powder, cocoa powder, and salt and let spin until smooth.
  9. Taste and add 2-3 teaspoons of coconut sugar and/or more salt if desired.
  10. 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.

Mocha Almond Butter | Edible Perspective

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.






Reader Comments (24) can i get a napkin? i'm drooling on my computer... ;)
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Talk Less, Say More
Totally making this for our family here - they all LOVE almond butter, and I'm thinking maybe a trio of your recipes could be fun to give out!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ Heather's Dish
Your commentary on this made me smile. And I will be making soon as I get espresso powder!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKait @ yogabeautylife
Ashley! I finally purchased a new food processor (mine kicked the bucket a few months ago) because I just couldn't take not being able to make all of these delicious food in jars! :) Thank you for that extra push, and for some amazing recipes!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Yum! I can see where this stuff might be very difficult to give away....I think I'll just stick with making some for myself! ;) Beautiful wedding pics!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered
In all the time I've spent thinking about nut butter, I've never thought to add coffee to the mix, and especially not mocha. This sounds fantastic! It's become a tradition for me to make some sort of nut butter as an edible gift each Christmas, so I'm definitely going to be making this for my coffee loving boyfriend. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
Oh my, this looks dangerously good!!! Thanks for another incredible recipe.
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey @ Pas de Deux
Oh this sounds and looks heavenly.
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeva by definition
perfect idea for a gift! definitely drool worthy :) YUM
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurelytwins
Ahhh you are so talented. And I wouldn't be able to give this away as a gift. Sorry, friends!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley M.
I've been seeing nut butters all over the internet lately, each recipe calling my name, begging to be made. You see, I'm a bit of a nut butter lover; almond, peanut, and cashew is my most recent favorite. But, I don't have a food processor, it's sad, I know! I'm crossing all my fingers and toes that Santa brings me a shiny new food processor and puts it under the tree this year. Then I will be a crazy nut butter making fiend! Love the espresso addition, genius!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHerbivore Triathlete
another reason why I absolutely adore you!! You have the most delicious, ingenious ideas :)
it's been way too long since I have made my own nut butter, I was on a roll for so long and fizzled out. I think it's time to get back to the addiction!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
I just got my 12-pack of jars today...#giftsinjars, here I come!
Not this one though. This one is a #giftforme for sure :)
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
This looks dangerous.

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December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
Holy food porn...I am drooling right now. Seriously, espresso in nut butter?! Evil genius!
@Katie - A napkin! That cracked me up picturing it in my head.
@Heather - Aw, fun! Hope they like the homemade gifts!
@Sarah - Yay for new food processors!! And, you are so welcome. :)
@Kim - Thanks so much, Kim!
@Christa - You are too kind.
@Katie - Your comment made me laugh!
December 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Nut butter and mochas are both two of my favorite things...combining them sounds like a dream! What a fabulous gift idea for the holidays!
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis @ Hummusapien
Bwahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!!! This post made me crack up! Now I'm scared to make it b/c I'm almost 100% sure I'll totally end up with a forehead smear whilst I'm handing the jar over to my in laws ;)
I just made this and wanted to let you know how great I think it is. Tasted like a cross between Justin's maple almond and his chocolate almond nut butters--the best of both!! I have a kitchenaid heavy duty food processor and it only took about 5 minutes for the almonds to reach the right consistency....I didn't even add the coconut oil because it was perfectly drippy on it's own. AND i forgot to add the sugar and it still tasted amazing. Thanks Ashley!
December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmilie
@Emilie - That's great it only took 5 minutes to process. Mine took forever with this batch for some reason. I've used my food processor pretty heavily in the past 3 years so the blade may be dulling. So happy to hear you enjoyed it so much. I'm slowly savoring each spoonful of it. :)
December 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Oh, you two are adorable. I love it, so cute.
January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBriana
Have you ever tried to use agave syrup or something else besides maple syrup? This looks really good but I don't have maple syrup
January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori
@Lori - Honey and agave would both also work! :)
January 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
This is great, Ashley. I already had almonds I toasted, so I took a guess and (perhaps needlessly) toasted two tsp espresso powder and 1/3 c maple sugar in a pan then blended it with the almonds. I added extra coconut oil and cocoa powder and about a 1/2 T extra almond butter to make it just right for me and t'was so good. Wish I'd made more. Next time I'll follow your directions though. I have a great "awake" feeling from the espresso.
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarla

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