sweet chai pecan butter sauce

by Kristina Sloggett

in Breakfast,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes,Vegan

When I shared my carrot juice waffles, there was just as much interest in what was on the waffles.

This saucy goodness was born while coming up with photography ideas for the waffle. Pecans would make a complimentary topping for added crunch, but what to use in place of syrup? A warm spicy sweet blanket of pecan butter. In sauce form. Which now gets used on everything from fresh from the oven muffins to cool scoops of ice cream.

The first time I made this, I added maple syrup. It was delicious. The second (and third, fourth…) time, I omitted it and was happy with the subtle sweetness.

sweet chai pecan butter sauce

gluten free, vegan, amazing

makes ~2 1/2 cups, minus tasting spoonfuls

2 cups raw pecans
3 tablespoons chai concentrate (Richi Tea)
3 tablespoons – 1/2 cup almond milk*
2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

In food processor, blend pecans until crumbly. Add chai concentrate, 3 tablespoons milk, sweetener if using. Continue to blend until smooth, adding milk to reach desired consistency.

*depending on consistency desired, use more milk for a pourable sauce, less for a nut butter.

This holiday weekend, as we take time to honor those who serve this country, I am in awe at what that actually means. I am incredibly thankful for and have great admiration for each and every brave man and woman who has served, and is serving.

Have a great weekend.


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jess May 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

oh YUM! I only recently learned to appreciate chai — total acquired taste on my part. Holy yum does this sauce look amazing!

PS happy weekend my dear. I’m with you – I’m in constant awe at the dedication of our troops, really and truly.


2 spabettie May 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

chai is such a great flavor… I use it more in cooking than I do as a drink (although a good chai tea always hits the spot!).

and happy weekend to YOU! XXO


3 Lisa May 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

I can definitely be on board with this sauce :-)
It looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it. I can picture using it for all kinds of things!


4 spabettie May 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

yes – you’ll be thinking of things to make just so you can add this sauce to it! ;)


5 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy May 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

my goodness, my mouth is watering!! i LOVE pecans! this sound uber delicious! and what beautiful photos too! thanks for sharing!


6 Char @ www.charskitchen.ca May 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

oh dear, this looks too amazing! I want to put it on cupcakes, muffins, cookies…


7 gillian May 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

Yum yum yum. Chai and pecans are two of my favorite things in the world. I’ll have to try this.
Aside from homemade, Rishi chai is the best!


8 spabettie May 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I make my own sometimes, but I really love Rishi! Oregon Chai used to make a vegan / gf one as well, but I haven’t been able to find it for a while?


9 jobo May 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

See, I never used to like chai and I guarantee I probably would like the tea and this, as my palatte keeps changing and I am digging it! this looks so yum! happy weekend beautiful!


10 spabettie May 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

it’s subtle in this… I love changing tastes! I would be in so much trouble if I only liked the foods I liked as a kid… ;) happy weekend to you, dear! XO


11 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I would like to mainline this. SPECTACULAR sounding recipe!


12 lindsay May 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

girl i would just be licking the bowl the whole time. Are you making a cookbook soon? PLEASE DO!


13 spabettie May 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I really should… I recently met a publisher!


14 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I love that there’s chai in the sauce. I loooove looove chai!!! And yeah I kind of want to eat all of that sauce right now. It looks awesome. :)


15 spabettie May 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

making this recipe requires MANY taste tests as you go. call it quality control, you really need to. :D


16 Elle May 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

You are KILLING me here… I want to start baking right NOW!


17 spabettie May 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm

DO it, Elle! you won’t regret it one bit. :D hope you are having a great weekend!


18 Pure2raw twins May 26, 2012 at 4:27 am

oh yum, what a great idea to use chai in the pecan butter!


19 spabettie May 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

we LOVE this stuff.


20 ATasteOfMadness May 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I love chai, but this combination has left me sockless. They’ve been blown off. I love it!


21 spabettie May 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

haa – before I read the last part of this comment, I was like whaaa…? ;) you are too cute. glad you like this.


22 Jeanette May 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

Wow, what a decadent looking sauce – looks so creamy yet made with no cream.


23 spabettie May 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

and so easy. really just a thinned out nut butter, with some extra love!


24 sara May 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

That sauce looks absolutely amazing – so delicious!!


25 spabettie May 30, 2012 at 7:33 am

thanks Sara – I hope you try it!


26 Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) May 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Wow! Pecans and chai… sounds heavenly!


27 spabettie May 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

it really is, Vicky! I want to put this on everything!


28 Heather July 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Oooh MAN!! I LOVE chai & I LOVE that this is soo easy! I want to make it right now & just eat it out of the bowl! Good thing I’m out of pecans, or I’d probably do just that! :) I am definitely pinning this for when my pecan supply is replenished!


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