Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake

Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake

Easter and carrot cake are synonymous at Betsy’s house, and as the founder of Betsy’s Best there is plenty of almond butter in the pantry.  This week Betsy put carrot cake and cinnamon almond butter together in this delicious Easter recipe. Trust Betsy! The addition of an amazing gourmet nut butter into just about any cake recipe makes it a super moist treat the whole family will love. #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Carrot Cake Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

1/4 cup agave nectar or honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cup carrots, shredded

1 cup pecans, chopped

Vanilla Creamcheese Icing:

1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp agave nectar

Carrot Cake Topping:

1/2 c shredded unsweetened coconut

4 drops liquid chlorella or green food coloring

Mini candy eggs for decorating

Step By Step Almond Butter Carrot Cake Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350F.

Step 2: Using an electric mixer, cream together the Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon, oil, coconut sugar, agave or honey, vanilla, and eggs.

Step 3: Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.

Step 4: Mix until everything is combined.

Step 5: Fold in the carrots and pecans.

Step 6: Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and spread the batter evenly across the bottom.

Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is browned.

Step 8: Remove from oven and allow the cake to cool in the pan.

Step 9: When the cake is room temperature, pull the parchment paper to transfer it to a cutting board.

Step 10: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the icing ingredients.

Step 11: Whip it on high until fluffy, about 1 minute.

Step 12: Spread the icing on top of the cake.  In a plastic bag add the shredded coconut and green coloring.  Close bag and mesh with your hands to distribute the color and sprinkle on top and add candy eggs to garnish.

Step 13: Chill in the fridge for an hour for the icing to set before slicing them.

Step 14: Enjoy your cinnamon almond butter carrot cake and Happy Easter!

Recipe inspiration from: The Toasted Pine Nut

After hunting for Easter eggs and enjoying your favorite Easter dinner recipes top it all off with a healthy and delicious cinnamon almond butter carrot cake.  It’s a great way to sneak in a few extra veggies adter a morning of enjoying candy from the Eater Bunny.

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Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

Betsy’s recipe for cinnamon almond butter banana bread is an instant classic.  This breakfast treat is gooey and loaded with scrumptious flavor.  Come on! How could anything with bananas and the best gourmet nut butter not be amazing? Trust Betsy! You are going to absolutely love her recipe.  

Bread Ingredients:

1/2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 1/2 c flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 egg or 2 egg whites

1 c mashed bananas

3/4 c sugar

1/4 c oil

Bread Topping

1/2 c oats

1/2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

2 T butter or coconut oil, softened

1 tsp cinnamon

Step By Step Almond Butter Banana Bread Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Stir to combine. 

Step 3: In a separate bowl mash bananas and add sugar, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, oil and eggs and stir to combine. 

Step 4: Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and gently stir until moistened careful to not over-stir. 

Step 5: Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and pour in mixture. 

Step 6: In a separate bowl add topping ingredients and stir until crumble forms. 

Step 7: Add bread topping to the top of the banana bread mixture and bake in the oven for 40 min or until knife comes out clean.

Step 8: Enjoy your cinnamon almond butter banana bread!

Slice your cinnamon almond butter banana bread and serve it up at your next brunch or family breakfast.  If their fans of banana bread they are bound to rave about your baking skills.

Did you know Betsy is a registered Dietitian? Read her blogs posts about the health benefits of natural almond butter.

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Cardamom Chicken Marinade with Cashew Butter

Cardamom Chicken Marinade with Cashew Butter

Betsy’s cardamom chicken marinade is sure to add a bold and rich flavor to your grilled dinner.  Featuring Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter your taste buds will be amazed and happy with the fantastic flavor.  Even better, this marinade not only enhances flavor, but nutrition too. Cashews are a fantastic source for important healthy fats and nutrients. Give our cardamom marinade a try. We are sure you will be saying it was #LoveAtFirstTaste.

Marinade Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

2 Tbsp orange juice

1/8 tsp ground pepper

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

4 tbsp honey

Step By Step Cardamom Chicken Marinade Recipe Directions:

Step 1Mix all ingredients in a bowl until the cardamom cashew butter is dissolved. 

Step 2: Marinate chicken, steak or seafood for at least 2 hrs or overnight before cooking.

Step 3: Enjoy your cardamom marinade on grilled chicken or any other meat or veggie!!

Prepare your cardamom chicken marinade in advance and let your favorite meat settle into its rich flavors. Light up that grill and start cooking.  Your appetite will be satisfied and you will be happy with your new favorite way to cook chicken, steak or seafood.

Have you ever used nut butters in a meat marinade before?  Please let us know what you think in the comment area below.

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Pink Pitaya Smoothie Recipe

Pink Pitaya Smoothie Recipe

Betsy’s pink pitaya smoothie recipe is a breakfast treat to be reckoned with!  Featuring all the health benefits of pitaya, greek yogurt, and almond butter this smoothie is loaded with nutrition. Even better, it is full of amazing flavor thanks to Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter.  Trust Betsy! You simply do not want to substitute in another brand of AB. If you do, your drink will not taste nearly as good. #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Smoothie Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 pitaya smoothie pack or 1 cup of pity cubes

1 cup greek yogurt, plain

1 cup almond milk

1 Tbsp chia seeds

Step By Step Pink Pitaya Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add ingredients into your blender

Step 2: Blend until smooth

Step 3: Garnish with blueberries.

Step 4: Enjoy your pink pitaya smoothie!

 Pitaya, also known as Dragon Fruit, is a wonderful and very nutritious fruit.  Now grown, all over the world, it features a sweet earthy flavor reminescent of a mild watermelon.  Blended with Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter we bet our Pink Pitaya Smoothie recipe will become on of your favorites.

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Betsy’s Healthy Fruit Pizza with Peanut Butter

Betsy’s Healthy Fruit Pizza with Peanut Butter

Betsy’s healthy fruit pizza recipe is a fun way to enjoy all the incredible health benefits of fruit.  Featuring a watermelon crust and topped with all of your favorite fruits this is one snack you can indulge with guilt-free abandon. And by the way, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter adds a whole other taste dimension.  Trust Betsy! This fruit pizza will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 TBS Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

Watermelon, whole

Blueberries

Raspberries

Starfruit

Orange

Mint

Coconut shreds

Cacao nibs

1/2 tsp Coconut Oil

Step By Step Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipe Directions:

Step 1Slice the watermelon 1 in thick horizontal so you have a circle piece like a pizza. 

Step 2: Slice like a pizza in 8 slices and start arranging the fruit, mint, cacao nibs and coconut on top. 

Step 3: Mix Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cinnamon Peanut Butter and coconut oil in a small bowl until it is a thin consistency.  Drizzle on top and serve.

Step 4: Enjoy your healthy fruit pizza!

Betsy specializes in healthy snack recipes that are loaded with flavor.  Her healthy fruit recipe is no exception.  Make yours today and enjoy guilt-free yumminess!

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Black Bean Noodle Stir Fry

Black Bean Noodle Stir Fry

Black bean noodles are trending in the world of health conscious eaters, and why not?  They taste amazing and they are a great way to add more beans into your diet. Betsy, always spot on with her use of nut butters in recipes has now created a delicious black bean noodle stir fry recipe. The not so secret ingredient? Her Cinnamon Peanut Butter, of course.  Betsy uses the PB to make a tantalizing peanut sauce tha takes her recipe to the next level.

Sauce Ingredients:

2 TBS Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1/4 cup Tamari or soy sauce

1 Tbsp white wine or dry sherry

1 1/2 tsp of cornstarch or arrowroot

1 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

Black Bean Noodle Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 whole blocks of Lotus Foods Forbidden Black Rice Ramen Noodles

2 cups shredded green cabbage (4 oz)

1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (3 oz)

1/4 tsp salt

1 close garlic, minced

1/4 c cilantro, chopped

8 oz shrimp, cooked and chopped

1 Tbsp sesame oil

Step By Step Black Bean Noodle Stir-Fry Recipe Directions:

Step 1Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, place the soy sauce, wine or sherry, oil, cornstarch, sugar, honey Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the sauce to a medium bowl and set the rest of the sauce aside.

Step 2: Cut shrimp into small pieces. Place the shrimp in the medium bowl and toss to coat with the 2 Tbsp of sauce; set the marinated shrimp and the remaining sauce aside.

Step 3: Add the noodles to the 4 c boiling water and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high until shimmering. Add the cabbage, carrot, and garlic, season with 1/4 tsp salt, and cook until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate; set aside.

Step 4: When the noodles are ready, drain in a colander and run under cold water until cooled. Set aside to drain while you cook the shrimp.

Step 5: Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and add the shrimp to skilled and spread into a single layer. Sear undisturbed until the shrimp is golden-brown on each side, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir-fry until just cooked through, about 1 minute more.

Step 6: Add the noodles and reserved vegetables to the shrimp. Cook, tossing with tongs, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Whisk the sauce again to recombine and dissolve the cornstarch, then add to the pan. Toss until the sauce evenly coats the noodles and vegetables. Garnish with the cilantro if desired and serve.

Step 7: Enjoy your black bean noodle stir fry!

Grab your wok and get ready to roll! Betsy’s black bean noodle stir fry recipe will have you excited to be eating healthy versions of some Asian classics. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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