Homemade Dirty Chai Almond Butter

by autumn on October 7, 2014

dirty chai almond butter // Autumn Makes & Does

My new kitchen, which I promise to share “before” pics of soon, is pretty big. The fun challenge is that it’s maybe the most awkward shape–basically the longest galley kitchen ever (it runs the entire length of our house). At the opposite end of the kitchen from where the stove, sink, etc are is what the previous owners used as a craft room. I’ve dubbed it my kitchen office/appliance annex because it has a low counter that I use for my computer and a slightly longer, higher counter where I have all my small appliances set up so they don’t take up valuable counter space in the actual kitchen.


dirty chai almond butter // Autumn Makes & Does

The newest addition to the appliance annex is a food processor that my mom got me as a gift when I left New York City and would have enough counter space to give it a proper home. It was one of the boxes I was most excited to unpack. I christened it with homemade almond butter, which was one of those things that just wasn’t going to happen previously in my very entry level blender. And because it was a special occasion, this isn’t just any almond butter, but dirty chai almond butter.

dirty chai almond butter // Autumn Makes & Does

Long ago, a barista in Yonkers taught me that when a chai latte and an espresso shot get together, you have a “dirty chai.” Basically, the best of both worlds. I had a long run with the dirty chai in grad school and am still a super-fan of this spicy, extra-caffeinated combo. To achieve the coffee flavor here without adding any liquid (eww), I turned to espresso powder. Espresso powder is one of those ingredients that once you have it on hand, you’ll use it in everything. I think it’s very much worth seeking out. It gives the almond butter a robust coffee base for all the awesome, warming chai spices.

Since I am still in the honeymoon period with my food processor, this makes a small batch. Something tells me, there’s going to be a lot of nut butter experiments going on around here in the coming weeks, so I didn’t want to make a ton. As you can see from the pictures, the yield is shy of a cup, but of course you can double up if you’d like.

Dirty Chai Almond Butter // Autumn Makes & Does

Homemade Dirty Chai Almond Butter
Recipe Type: condiment
Cuisine: gluten-free
Author: Autumn Giles
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Serves: about 2/3 cup
Homemade Almond butter made with chai spices and instant espresso powder.
  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder (I used Medaglia D’oro brand)
  • Pinch salt
  1. Place the almonds in the food processor and blend for about 6 minutes, or until they just start to become “buttery.”
  2. Scrape down the sides and blend for another 4 minutes, or until the mixture becomes quite liquid.
  3. Scrape down the sides and add the sugar, ginger, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, espresso powder, and salt. Blend for 30 seconds, scrape down the sides and bottom if needed, and blend for another minute.
  4. Taste and adjust sweetness and spice, if desired.
  5. Store in a clean, dry half-pint jar and refrigerate.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Having a new kitchen sounds like a blast!! This almond butter would be the perfect thing to make to feel at home! It’s great on so many things 🙂


2 Nicole October 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

High five for more counter space! And THIS IS THE BEST IDEA. I can’t wait to make it!


3 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough October 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I LOVE dirty chais and drank them all through high school when I worked at a coffee shop. This iteration in butter form is perfection.


4 Saniel November 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

This sounds amazing, will try for kids pbj sandwich. Thanks


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