3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 2

Welcome back, almond butter lovers! Here at Betsy’s Best, we love snacks and have found many fun ways to make game day snacks a little healthier, wholesome, and flavorful using all-natural almond butter made with only the most wholesome ingredients. In celebration of football season, we began looking at ways to transform football Sunday snacks, offering you and your guests healthier selections without sacrificing flavor. Here are the yummy snacks we suggested trying in part one:

  • Almond Butter Finger Sandwiches
  • Apple Slices and Almond Butter
  • No-Bake Almond Butter Balls

Ready to learn more ways to up your football food game using almond butter? Here are three more tips for you! Don’t forget to head over to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters to get your supply of gourmet almond butter, non-GMO peanut butter, cashew butter, and more!

3 Delicious Natural Almond Butter Snacks for Game Day

Almond Butter Oatmeal Football Cookies

Cookies on game day aren’t just for the kids. Almond butter cookies made with Betsy’s Cinnamon Almond Butter puts a healthy twist on baking. These cookies are a year-round favorite, but can be made especially for game day by forming the cookies into the shapes of footballs. You can get really creative and use a few of the rolled oats that the recipe calls for and placing them on top of the cookie to form the laces on the football. Serve these protein-packed cookies with a fruit plate full of the best seasonal berries complete with a side of gourmet almond butter or toasted cashew butter perfect for dipping.

Almond Chocolate Brownies

These ooey gooey sweet treats are perfect for an autumn football game. Made with Betsy’s Cinnamon Almond Butter, our delightful, gluten-free brownie recipe features such flavors as honey, cinnamon, and cocoa. Unlike heavy traditional brownies, this recipe offers the rich flavor and texture you crave, but without all the added heaviness and empty calories. Plus, this yummy treat is filling, thanks to the all the protein and fiber.  

Homemade Roasted Almonds

Rather than buying a bag of roasted nuts at the store that may contain maltodextrin and palm oil, make your own at home! When it comes to making this staple football game snack, the limits are nearly endless. You can go for sweet, savory, or something in-between. Simply grab a pound of raw almonds from your local grocery or health food store, a few ingredients, and mix them together in a bowl before popping them into the oven. You can use our Homemade Honey Roasted Cashew recipe to create honey roasted almonds. Or follow the same instructions only changing up the seasonings. Here are some seasonings you might consider:

  • Spicy cayenne and honey roasted almonds
  • Honey and cinnamon roasted almonds
  • Chili and cracked pepper roasted almonds
  • Chili and lime roasted almonds
  • Maple and brown sugar roasted almonds

Or, you can come up with a flavor of your own! This is one of the simplest snacks and only takes a few minutes to make. Just make sure you have a jar of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter on hand, as this is the key ingredient! You can even make a few different types so that you cover all your bases, appeasing both the sweet tooths and those who prefer savory flavors.

Shop Betsy’s Best

Visit Betsy’s Best to order your supply of the finest nut and seed butter for all your game day snacks! From natural almond butter to toasted cashew butter and gourmet sunflower seed butter, all our spreads are made with all-natural, non-GMO-verified ingredients that come from the best foods on earth. While you’re there, be sure to check out our recipes, created in Betsy’s very own kitchen. We’re sure you’ll find something you’ll love!

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

Hello, friends! Welcome back to the Betsy’s Best blog! Along with the cooler days, crisp air, and yummy fall foods, one of the best things about fall is that it’s football season. Watching football with family and friends, cheering for your favorite team, and, of course, munching on all the best football snacks makes for a fun Sunday. But if you’re tired of the same old football game snacks that are packed with more empty calories, fat, sugar, and sodium than healthful ingredients, we have some snack ideas for you that are both tasty and nutritious. Today, we’ll look at three football game snacks and treats made with yummy natural almond butter. Need to get stocked up on your supply of gourmet almond butter this fall? Visit Betsy’s Best to shop our selection of nut butter made with the most wholesome, all-natural ingredients.

3 Gourmet Almond Butter Snacks For Football Games

Almond Butter Finger Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches, or tea sandwiches as they’re sometimes called, are always a hit for small get-togethers, making them a perfect snack for watching football games. All you need is a few different types of bread, a few key ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a delightful, easy-to-eat, light snack! Here are some tasty combinations to try:

  • Almond butter, apple slices, and a honey drizzle
  • Almond butter, bananas, agave nectar, and cinnamon
  • Almond butter, granola, berries, and banana
  • Almond butter, cream cheese, and honey

Apple Slices and Almond Butter

Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best way to tackle your football party snacks, and apples and natural almond butter are always a winning combination. Simply slice up three different types of apples. Some of our favorite apples for this dish are Honeycrisp apples, pink lady apples, and granny smiths. Lay out your apples on a plate and in the center, place a dish of natural almond butter topped with sliced or crushed almonds and drizzled with honey. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg for a spicy fall twist. This is much healthier and tastier than greasy chips dipped in some kind of calorie-packed, processed cheese dip.

No-Bake Almond Butter Balls

These are one of the easiest snacks to make for a football game. Simply mix gourmet almond butter, honey, and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Then, roll about 1-1 ½ tablespoons of the mix into a small ball and place on a plate lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and then enjoy! You can even dip them in dark chocolate and then into crushed almonds for a little-added flavor and crunch.

Get Stocked Up On Almond Butter

The key ingredient for all of these football game snacks is almond butter, but you don’t want to use just any almond butter. You’ll want to use some that is thoughtfully made with only the most wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Shop Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butters today to order the best natural almond butter. While you’re there, pick up jar or two of non-GMO peanut butter and toasted cashew butter.     

Tune in for part two of this short blog series to learn more ways to create healthy, yummy snacks for football season! Until then, thank you for reading!

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

Are you wondering how to make chocolate dipped apples? Apples, a superfood fruit, sure are good for you, so why not turn them into a delicious and healthy dessert. Dipping them into a relatively low-sugar dark chocolate provides the perfect contrast between sweet and tart.  Even better, making this wonderful treat is fairly simple.

How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apples in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Core the apples

Select 2 apples to core. There are two ways you can approach taking the core out of the apple.  First, you can buy an apple corer.  This device makes it super easy to remove the core.  Your other option is to cut the apple in half and cut out the core using a knife.   By removing the core your chocolate dipped apples will be more enjoyable to eat. It is also important if you want to stuff your apples with some yummy surprises (see Betsy’s recipe below.)

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

Place 1 cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.  Pour 1/4 tsp of coconut oil onto the chips. Microwave for thirty seconds and stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. (Hint: The oil helps the chocolate to harden and not stay in liquid form.)

Step 3: Dip your apple into the chocolate

Place your apple into the bowl and swirl it through the chocolate until covered.  Use a spoon to scoop any left ober chocolate onto the apple.

Step 4: Let the chocolate dipped apples cool and dry.

Place the apples onto wax paper, place in refrigerator, and allow the chocolate to cool and dry to the touch.

Step 5: The most important part!

Enjoy your chocolate dipped apples!

Yield: 2 apples

Now that you know how to make chocolate dipped apples, it is time to make them into a gourmet treat.

Betsy’s Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Recipe (pictured above)

These apples are a healthier and tastier version of the traditional caramel apple. The gourmet nut butter surprise inside is the best part! You can choose from Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Almond Butter, Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, or Cardamom Cashew Butter. Allergic to nuts? Use Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter instead. All 5 nut and seed butters are gourmet treats. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apple Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored
  • 2 T of any Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter
  • ¼ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ C white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Directions:

Stuff Betsy’s Best into the apple’s hollowed-out core. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Dip the bottom half of apple in chocolate and coat with a knife. Let chocolate cool. Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Use knife to coat upper half of the apple. Let chocolate cool completely before eating.

Drizzle some caramel or butterscotch onto your chocolate dipped apples for another twist and roll in crushed nuts to finish it off!

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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.

Why You Should Start Your Morning With Natural, Non-GMO Peanut Butter

Why You Should Start Your Morning With Natural, Non-GMO Peanut Butter

Peanuts have long been an American favorite and have evolved to take on many different forms throughout the years. Back in the day, in-shell peanuts were even more common than sunflower seeds on the baseball fields, and now, people are adding scoops of peanut butter to their protein smoothies, pancakes, and just about any other kind of food you can imagine. With these nutritional drinks and dishes being so delicious on their own, it seems the only way to improve them is to use natural, non-GMO peanut butter ― and to consume them in the morning.

If you are a peanut butter lover, you’ve come to the right place because not only is Betsy’s Best peanut butter the best natural peanut butter product on the market, but it is also an amazing way to kick-start your morning. Here are a few reasons why you should start integrating wholesome peanut butter into your breakfast routine!

It’s Packed With Protein And Essential Nutrients

Wholesome peanut butter is known for its ability to fill you up with just a few bites, giving you the protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins you need to start your day on the right foot. Not only does natural peanut butter make you feel full, but it is the kind of full that makes you feel good and lasts for hours. While this is true of many natural nut butters, organic, GMO-free peanut butter is one of the most hearty ingredients you can consume, providing you with the right kind of sustenance and energy your body needs in the morning. Unlike some other sources of protein, all-natural peanut butter will fill you up without leaving you bloated, cramping, or sick to your stomach.

It’s Versatile And Mobile

As previously mentioned, there are many different ways to eat peanut butter in the morning, and they all provide you with the same protein and nutrients you need in the morning. If you find yourself in a time crunch before leaving for work, pop a piece of bread in the toaster and add a layer of natural, gourmet peanut butter to it on your way out the door. Or, if you like to drink your protein, add a scoop of wholesome peanut butter to your morning shake mix or smoothie, blend it up, and bring it with you.

No matter how you incorporate it into your breakfast, a few scoops of all-natural peanut butter will fill you up and give you the energy you need to start your day out right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there’s no excuse to skip breakfast if you have natural peanut butter on hand and know how to make use of its versatility and mobility. Say goodbye to mid-morning hunger pains and say hello to a deliciously healthy breakfast staple!

Try Betsy’s Best Natural Gourmet Peanut Butter

Some might say I’m biased, but I’ll be the first to say that my natural, non-GMO peanut butter is to die for. Not only is it incredibly filling and full of wholesome ingredients like raw peanuts, chia seeds, organic honey, and cinnamon, but it also tastes incredible by itself and when incorporated with other healthy foods. I hope this blog post motivates you to prioritize breakfast and make it as hearty as possible by adding wholesome peanut butter. Add Betsy’s Best cinnamon peanut butter to your breakfast today!