6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter

6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter

Peanuts aren’t the only type of nut that can be made into mouth watering butter and used in a variety of delicious ways. Almond butter is becoming more and more popular thanks to the superfood status of almonds.  There are several ways you can make the most of this incredible nut butter.

Here are Betsy’s 6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter (or Other Nut and Seed Butters)

1. Smoothies

A Vanilla Avocado Smoothie with Almond ButterSmoothies are delicious, yet they can lack healthy ingredients. Using almond butter in your smoothie recipes can keep them great tasting while providing healthy ingredients such as protein. Nut butter can also provide a variety of vitamins, probiotics and healthy fat.

You can create a fantastic smoothie using cinnamon almond butter. This particular combination of nut butter, fruits and veggies is both great tasting and full of healthy ingredients! Nut and seed butter is ideal for almost any smoothie recipe since they go well with both veggies and fruit.

2. Salad Dressings

Natural almond butter with chia seeds and Himalayan pink salt can be part of an incredible dressing for salads. Nut butter will keep your salad dressings creamy and thick, but can also add a bit of sweetness. This Spinach Apple Salad Recipemakes nut and seed butters especially great with Thai and other types of Asian salads.

According to Cooking Light, several types of nut butter can be used not only for salads, but as sauces for noodles, veggies and grain bowls. Nut butter can be used to make dressings that can be put on traditional lettuce salads, pasta salads or just for dipping raw vegetables.

3. Tasty Soups

Betsy's best pumpkin curry soup recipeCream soups are often loaded with unhealthy fats. Making soup with a variety of delicious nut butters can keep them creamy and mouth watering, but with healthier ingredients. Nut and seed butter can provide unique flavors that most traditional soups don’t offer.

Adding nut butter to chili is a way to make this classic soup richer and thicker. When making chili with almond butter you may even want to add a packet of almonds to the recipe to add some extra crunch.

4. Gourmet Sandwiches

Instead of sugary jams and jellies, try a PB&J with toasted nut butter and pomegranates. You can also trade in the traditional bread and make nut butter and egg sandwiches on an English muffin.Betsy's Best CardamomCashew Butter and Ginger Jelly Sandwich is delicious on whole wheat bread

You can even create a spicy quesadilla with tortilla shells, grilled chicken, your favorite veggies and choice of nut butter. When it comes to nut and seed butter, the sandwich possibilities are almost endless.

5. Healthy Granola Bars

Betsy's homemade pumpkin granola recipe features a gourmet cinnamon almond butterMost people love granola bars, but too often they aren’t very healthy. When making granola bars with almond butter it’s important to find a butter that’s all natural and low in sugar.

Almond, coconut, cashew and cinnamon are just a few of the options that can be used when making your own granola bars. Almond and Seed Protein Bars have a combination of incredibly delicious ingredients that are both savory and sweet.

6. Delicious Desserts

With nut and seed butter it’s possible to make desserts that are both delicious and healthy. Everyone loves cupcakes, especially kids. Gourmet almond butter is the perfect ingredient for your next batch of cupcakes.Hummingbird cupcakes are a kid-friendly almond butter snack

Nut butter ice cream is also currently a favorite. There are several recipes that include nut butter that don’t require churning. Everything from cookies and gooey bars to a variety of cakes and pies can be made with seed and nut butters.

These are just a few great ideas for ways to use almond butter and other nut and seed butters into your daily cooking routine. When looking for delicious nut butters, Betsy’s Best features five fantastic nut and seed butters. These incredible butters are low in sugar, gluten-free and all natural.

Finding the Best Peanut Butter

Finding the Best Peanut Butter

Nearly every American is familiar with the sweet, salty taste of peanut butter; in fact, it’s found in 94 percent of American households. Peanut butter is a staple in family pantries for many good reasons: It’s made with protein-packed peanuts, and it’s economical, versatile and tastes great.

If you developed your peanut butter habit many years ago, you’ve probably settled on a favorite brand. But did you know that new peanut butters have been sneaking onto the market in the last few years, some with decidedly sophisticated flavors?

Peanut Butter Evolution

Following the all-natural food trend, many peanut butters that contain nothing but peanuts, or peanuts and a bit of salt, became available in grocery stores. Of course, this style of peanut butter is not new; in fact, its origins date back to the Aztecs and Incas.

These one- and two-ingredient peanut butters touted their healthier contents — no added sugar or emulsifiers — and many customers loved them. They did, however, suffer from a drawback that many consumers had trouble adjusting to: They had no sweetness.

So other peanut butter innovators tackled the conundrum — how to make peanut butter slightly sweet, highly spreadable and still all-natural and healthy. These new peanut butters are some of the best you’ll ever taste.

What Makes a Peanut Butter Great

These peanut butters are not made with humdrum ingredients chosen to make the most profit for their makers. They’re made with ingredients of exceptional quality, carefully chosen for the combination of flavors they provide and to deliver the best nutritional value. It’s time to compare your go-to peanut butter against the best of these new brands. Look for these factors when comparing peanut butters.

Ingredients and Nutrition

Look at the label on the jar and read the list of ingredients. A great peanut butter doesn’t contain additives and preservatives you can’t pronounce, nor should it have high fructose sugars. The less added salt and sugar, the better.

The source of the ingredients is also important. Are they all-natural? Non-GMO? Gluten-free?

Appearance and Consistency

Spreadability is one quality of more natural peanut butters that many customers accustomed to standard brands have difficulty with. In some products, the natural oils separate and rise to the top, but the fix is simple. Just stir the oil back in and refrigerate, and it won’t separate again.

Crunchy vs. smooth: Peanut butter lovers fall into one of two types: Those who love creamy and those who crave crunchy. Luckily, this difference doesn’t affect a peanut butter’s quality.

Taste

The flavor of a great peanut butter is a balance of peanuts, saltiness and sweetness.

Saltiness: Some people find peanut butter without salt to be a little bland, but too much can also overwhelm the peanut flavor. Keep an eye out for the type of salt being used in the nut butter. Not all salts are created equal. For example, Himalayan pink salt is unrefined, crunchy and loaded with micronutrients and flavor!

Sweetness: Just as some people missed the salt in unsalted peanut butter, others found they missed sweetness in unsweetened peanut butter. Just remember what we mentioned in the nutrition section above, and avoid high fructose sugars or sugar levels above 4 grams per serving, especially if they aren’t all natural sugars or sweeteners. Examples of healthy natural sweeteners include organic honey, Demerara sugar, and organic stevia leaf extract.

Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

One new brand is Betsy’s Best. This peanut butter genuinely lives up to its “gourmet” name. Not only does it contain ingredients of the highest quality, Betsy has added some unique flavors that truly individualize this peanut butter.

Betsy Opyt is a registered dietitian and personal trainer, and she started on her journey to peanut butter perfection when she decided to make her own for her daughter. What does Betsy’s Best Gourmet peanut butter have that makes it special?

  • Ingredients and Nutrition: All ingredients are of the highest quality, natural, non-GMO and gluten-free. The roasted peanuts are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, as well as protein, vitamins and minerals. The chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, antioxidants and fiber, and the sunflower oil is a healthy polyunsaturated fat.
  • Appearance and Consistency: Sunflower oil helps keep the consistency smooth and spreadable, and chia seeds add a bit of crunch along with a lot of superfood punch.
  • Taste: Pink Himalayan salt creates the slightly salty flavor, and it contributes minerals lacking in table salt. Cinnamon, organic honey and demerara sugar add a hint of sweetness — the cinnamon Betsy uses is Korintji, which has a rich flavor and robust nutrients.

If you haven’t tasted Betsy’s Best, you probably haven’t discovered what you will call the Best Peanut Butter Ever. People love it so much that 83 percent of reviews on Amazon are five-star. This is just one customer’s comment,

“I am very impressed with the taste and texture of this all-natural peanut butter. The peanut flavor really comes through while the pink salt, honey, and cinnamon offer a complex and gourmet taste. It also has chia seeds which provides a nice crunch. I love making and eating a gourmet PB&J sandwich that features Betsy’s Best on whole wheat toast, with a red pepper jelly, and dry baked bacon. Trust me and give this sandwich a try. Don’t substitute the Betsy’s Best with another peanut butter, because it won’t be as good if you do. Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter truly is gourmet and worth the purchase.”

Read more peanut butter reviews on Amazon.

Betsy’s aim is to make products with “functional food ingredients that will nourish the body, [and] flavors that will fascinate the taste buds and foster a feeling of connection with food that is good for you.” Her gourmet peanut butter certainly meets her high standards and is sure to become your new favorite.

Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Eat clean, eat green, and stay lean with this delicious cashew butter, avocado and kale smoothie bowl recipe.  We love blending vegetables and flavoring them in a way that makes them fun to eat!  This bowl could be consumed at breakfast, lunch or as a health snack!  We used a powdered kale from Koyah, but you could also use fresh kale or spinach for this blended bowl.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

1 Frozen banana

1 Frozen avocado

1 scoop Koyah Kale Powder (or 1 cup fresh kale or spinach)

1 T chia seeds

Almond milk if needed to make the right consistency

Step By Step Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend.

Step 2: Pour into your favorite smoothie bowl.

Step 3: Enjoy your superfood loaded toasted coconut cashew butter, avocado and kale smoothie bowl! It’s Betsy’s newest favorite recipe!

We hope you enjoy our toasted coconut cashew butter, avocado and kale smoothie bowl recipe!  Are you eating it as a healthy snack, breakfast, or dessert? What are your favorite ingredients to include in a smoothie bowl? Let us know what you think in the comments below?
How To Make Peanut Butter Sauce For Ice Cream

How To Make Peanut Butter Sauce For Ice Cream

Learning how to make peanut butter sauce for ice cream is super easy and a great idea.  Store bought brands are loaded with preservatives, artificial flavoring and way to much sugar. This PB drizzle takes any scoop of ice cream to the next level.  It drizzles and cools into a crisp for a crunchy topping that resembles a Dairy Queen dipped cone.  It is DELISH and only has 3g of all-natural, non-GMO sugar!!! No corn syrup here!

So, if you’re trying to beat the summer heat and looking for something unique, Betsy’s super simple and healthy peanut butter sauce is for you!

Betsy’s Best Homemade Peanut Butter Sauce

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter with Cinnamon

2 T Coconut Oil

Here are the directions for how to make peanut butter sauce for ice cream:

In a pot heat the Betsy’s Best and coconut oil until oil melts and you can easily incorporate the butter and oil together.  Remove and allow to cool to room temp.  Or place both in a microwave safe bowl and cook 30 seconds.  Stir and if still lumpy cook another 10-15 seconds until the two blend together.  Allow to cool at room temp.  If you have leftover topping place in the fridge and reheat the same way as instructed above.

Please let us know if you loved Betsy’s peanut butter ice cream sauce?  What ice cream did you top it with?  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

Betsy’s Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip

Betsy’s Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip

Betsy’s cinnamon peanut butter dip is the best choice if you’re looking for a healthy treat for the family to enjoy!  This high protein bean dip is the perfect combo with fresh cut veggies.  The sweet and savory combo goes well together and is the perfect appetizer for any party! Trust Betsy, you’ll taste the difference!

Recipe Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 can white beans, drained

4 pitted dates, soaked for four hrs and then drained

1 T mellow white miso or 1/8 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 c water

Step By Step Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all ingredients except for the water in a food processor or blender. 

Step 2: Pulse to combine and then blend until smooth. 

Step 3: Drizzle with water until the dip is super smooth; you may need a few tablespoons extra water as you go along.

Step 7: Enjoy your homemade cinnamon peanut butter dip on your favorite veggies!!

Note From Betsy: If you don’t use my gourmet peanut butter, the dip will most likely be less flavorful.

At Betsy’s house even the kids love eating vegetables. From carrots to celery, and even cherry tomatoes kids and adults can’t wait to dip into this amazing cinnamon peanut butter dip. Please let us know what vegetables or fruit you like to dip!