4 Reasons You Should Start Eating Nut Butters Today

4 Reasons You Should Start Eating Nut Butters Today

“Seeds and nuts are indispensable for cardiovascular health. The protective properties of nuts against coronary heart disease were first recognized in the early 1990s, and a strong body of literature has followed, confirming these original findings.” Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that is both delicious and nutritious, there’s no better option than all-natural nut butter. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or are simply aiming to live a more balanced lifestyle, implementing nut butters into your dietary routine is the perfect way to eat healthy while enjoying flavor profiles that are sure to awaken your taste buds.

Nut butters taste great, are packed full of key nutrients, and are highly versatile. If you’re on the hunt for a snack that both you and your body will love, here are four reasons to consider adding nut butters to your daily diet.

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1. Nut butters are incredibly delicious

Nut butter as a snack is hard to beat because it is both healthy and just plain tasty. Packed with interesting and delicious ingredients like cinnamon, coconut, or the savory taste of cardamom, Betsy’s Best is sure to satisfy any craving. With these signature flavor profiles that are both sophisticated and seriously yummy, the options to create a truly “nutrageous” experience are nearly endless!

Anyone can add traditional nut butter to recipes in order to achieve a certain thickness or to obtain key nutrients, but with Betsy’s Best, you will instantly fall in love with each butter’s bold, unique flavor that is fantastic in all kinds of recipes. From smoothies to healthy baked goods, be sure to check out these fabulous recipes.

The Best Plant Based Protein Sources Include All-Natural Roasted Almonds

2. Nut butters are the perfect way to obtain key nutrients

Nut butters are jam-packed with key vitamins and minerals which support your physical and mental health. This is particularly true when you consume a range of nut butters, as they will each offer unique beneficial properties. For example, almond butter will help support heart health and weight maintenance, while a cashew butter supports both your cardiovascular and eye health.

Depending on the type of nut butter you consume, you will benefit from a wide range of nutrients. For example, almond is particularly high in calcium, copper, and vitamin E — as well as healthy fats, amino acids, and fiber. While cashew butter is also high in copper and heart-healthy fats, it also offers high concentrations of phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium.

Once you throw other health-boosting ingredients into the mix, such as chia seeds and coconut, you enhance key benefits. Regardless of the nut butter you choose, you will obtain a rich source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats — along with various vitamins and minerals.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters come in 5 varieties

3. They’re the perfect health-boosting treat for vegans and vegetarians

It is often said that if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll be protein deficient. Although there is some truth to this statement, this is only the case for those who don’t eat a well-planned, vegan or vegetarian diet. There is more than enough protein in various plant-based foods, especially in nuts and seeds!

In just two tablespoons of Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter, you will consume 4 grams of protein — not to mention 8 percent of your DV of iron. For those who love peanut butter, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter offers a whopping 6 grams of protein in every serving (two tablespoons). If you are a honey-free vegan, Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter is a savory option you’ll love.

Betsy's Best Cardamom Cashew Butter and Toasted Coconut Cashew Nut Butter

4. Nut butters support an active, balanced lifestyle

Nut butters are the perfect addition to any balanced diet. This is particularly the case for those of you who are active, as nut butter supports the unique needs of athletes.

For example, beloved peanut butter is one of the highest sources of protein, making it the perfect post-workout snack. This healthy source of fuel will help you achieve each milestone while supporting your muscles. After all, protein is essential for building a repairing muscle.

If you’re looking for a workout snack you’ll actually crave, make these mouth-watering almond butter protein bars or a batch of pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls.

Quality Matters

Like any product, especially those related to food and nutrition, quality matters. You’ll want to consume nut butters that are made with wholesome ingredients that boost the taste and health-boosting properties of the butter itself. Some of the main variables you should consider include:

  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Low in sugar
  • Chemical and preservative-free

Whether you are a foodie, athlete, or would simply like to improve your health and overall eating habits, nut butters are the perfect addition to your diet. Best of all, Betsy’s Best nut butters taste amazing — so you’ll never feel as though you’re eating a bland “health” food.

Ready to live a more balanced life without sacrificing great taste? If so, be sure to check out our blog for inspiration! You can also follow us on Instagram to gain access to the latest tips and recipes.

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Peanut Butter Pie: a Creative Recipe

Peanut Butter Pie: a Creative Recipe

If you like peanut butter pie, then you’re going to love our Betsy’s Best peanut butter pie recipe. Sure, it’s still peanut butter pie but elevated to be the most nutrageous pie bursting with flavor and peanutty goodness.

Here is why you’ll soon call it your favorite pie recipe ever.

peanut butter pie recipe

What Makes Betsy’s Best the Best for Pies?

There are many words we can think of when describing our nut butters. Yet, the one we hear time and again from fans is craveable.

Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter is that secret ingredient that makes all of your favorite recipes taste better. This versatile butter features healthy and tasty ingredients like chia seeds, Himalayan pink salt, demerara sugar, and organic honey.

Now, imagine all that yummy goodness in a peanut butter pie. Why just scooping it out of the jar and spreading it in the recipe is a moment to be savored. The texture, the creaminess, the decadent, natural craftsmanship of the peanut butter is pure heaven.

And by the way, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter’s uses are for more than just thickness and nutritional value. It truly is tastier than any other brand on the market.

Of course, in this instance, we’re already talking about peanut butter pie. But why use just any peanut butter? Why not enhance your recipes with flavors that make your taste buds sing?

peanut butter pie recipe

What Makes Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter So Delicious?

While you’ll love the peanut butter pie, this peanut butter is delicious right off of the spoon. Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters have a blend of distinctive, functional ingredients that provide a delicious and unique flavor profile. In fact, you may have a hard time not savoring the peanut butter while you’re cooking. Go ahead, it’s packed full of healthy, but tasty ingredients.

Commercial peanut butters come with things like refined sugars such as corn syrup – but who needs that? Peanut butter is such a natural and delicious product, there is no reason to make it less healthy. And don’t think for one minute it takes processed ingredients to make something taste good. With only 3 grams of sugar from unrefined sweeteners like Demerara sugar, organic honey and organic stevia leaf extract Betsy’s Best has a tantalizing, healthy sweetness. Even better, this sweetness is enough to carry the sweetness of a peanut butter pie! That’s right, this recipe requires no extra added sugar.

With Betsy’s Best, you only get all-natural, non-GMO and gluten-free choices. And with no chemicals or preservatives. That’s right, not one single added ingredient that doesn’t come from Mother Nature. And that not only tastes better but it makes you feel better about what you’re eating.

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So, About This Peanut Butter Pie

Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter Pie recipe is unlike the rest. The pie filling has bananas and yogurt that are smooth and creamy. With the addition of vanilla, peanuts, coconut oil, and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter – you have a combination unparalleled.

You easily taste the difference between what you’ve known and what will now be the only peanut butter pie for you.

Not only does the recipe use a cup of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter, but the garnishment is Betsy’s own recipe for peanut butter cups. It’s seriously the combination of two mouthwatering peanut butter ingredients amplified to work together for the more delicious peanut butter pie ever.

Filled in a graham cracker crust and topped with a cream cheese topping, it’s hard not to bake one right now just thinking about it.

This is a pie you’ll want to take to office potluck just to show off. Or to your family’s holiday dinner to showcase your talent at desserts. You’ll make it for your family as a healthy and flavorsome treat. No matter where you showcase Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter Pie, it’s memorable. This is a pie that is love at first taste.peanut butter pie recipe

Another Thing…

One thing we have to mention is that this peanut butter pie is healthier than the others. Most use ingredients like confectioner’s sugar, whipped topping, and even sweetened condensed milk.

Instead of those empty calories, Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter Pie has the aforementioned bananas and yogurt.

You’re not only getting a peanut butter pie that tastes out of this world, you’re getting a peanut butter pie that is better for you. And that is all without losing one iota of flavor. Instead, the flavor profile is raised. Honestly, your taste buds will be popping with joy!

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About Betsy’s Best Nut Butters

Betsy’s Best creates nut butters perfect for a healthy, active lifestyle. The natural ingredients are blended into a unique flavor that is never boring. So whether you’re looking for a healthier lifestyle, you want something that tastes different from the rest, or you simply love what nature has to offer – Betsy’s Best is your best choice.

The CEO and founder of Betsy’s Best is Betsy Opyt, a Registered Dietician and certified personal trainer. She knows what’s good for you but just as important – she knows what tastes good. She only picks flavors that are complementary and delectable. You’ll find that in all her seed and nut butter products.

Let’s Break It Down

  • The flavor is enhanced with ingredients like chia seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, organic honey, and Himalayan pink salt
  • You’ll want to eat it right off the spoon – and you should
  • Your kids will love it
  • This pie recipe is show-off-able
  • Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter is all-natural, non-GMO peanut butter
  • Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter Pie is healthier than other peanut butter pies
  • It’s like Mother Nature made it herself
  • Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter Pie has peanut butter cups for extra goodness
  • In addition to this pie, use Betsy’s Best for added flavor to all your peanut butter recipes
  • The flavors are craveable and delicious
  • Betsy’s Best guarantees your satisfaction and will refund the cost of your peanut butter if you are not completely happy.

 

Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Crust

2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 18 sheets)

3 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Filling

3 bananas

2 T vanilla yogurt or dairy free coconut yogurt

1 cup Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter

2 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1/4 cup peanuts

Cream Cheese Topping

1-8oz pkg cream cheese or dairy free cream cheese softened

1 c whipped topping or dairy free coconut whipped topping

6 drops of liquid stevia or 1 pkg of stevia (optional) or 1/4 c powdered sugar

*Betsy’s Best Peanut butter cups, chopped as garnish

 

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until they are crumbs.  Transfer to a bowl. Meanwhile, combine coconut oil and Betsy’s Best and stir to combine.  Mix with graham crackers until incorporated and press into a pie plate. Place in the refrigerator to set while making the filling.

In a blender or food processor add all of the filling ingredients except for the peanuts and blend until smooth and creamy. Remove pie crust from the fridge and place filling ingredients in the crust and sprinkle peanuts on top.  Place back in the fridge to set while making the topping.

Clean out the blender and next ad all of the topping ingredients and blend until smooth.  Remove pie from the fridge and place topping on top. Garnish with additional nuts or *Betsy’s Best peanut butter cups.

*Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

3/4 c dark chocolate chips

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1/2 c Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter

Prep a mini muffin tin with paper cups. Melt dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or in a pot on the stove at a low temp.  Stir constantly and be careful not to burn. Once the chocolate has melted place a small amount (1 tsp) in the bottom of the muffin cup. Allow to cool or place in the freezer for a couple of minutes.  Top the chocolate with 1 tsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter then add 1 tsp chocolate on top. Place back in the freezer to cool for another couple of minutes. Pop them out of the muffin paper cups and enjoy!

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Your Guide to Almond Butter vs Peanut Butter

Your Guide to Almond Butter vs Peanut Butter

Think back to your childhood and peanut butter was most likely a prevalent part of growing up. And if you are reading this, you most likely have peanut butter in your kitchen right now. Times change and almond butter is a rising star in the world of nut butters. But does peanut butter reign supreme? Is it nutritionally better than peanut butter? How about the taste? We have the answers you’ve been looking for.

If you are wondering what the differences are – here is your guide to almond butter vs peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Benefits and Nutrition

Peanut butter is one of the most popular types of spreads around the world. The texture is scrumptious, whether you like it smooth or crunchy. Not only that, but peanut butter goes with so many things, not only jelly sandwiches.

Peanut butter creation is simple. Often it is peanuts ground into the consistency of a paste. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that not all peanut butter is created equal. Big commercial brands often add things that make the spread less than nutritious.

Our organic brand tastes great and there are no chemicals or preservatives. Choosing an all-natural brand of peanut butter gives health benefits like non-GMO and gluten-free alternatives.

Betsy's Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter is a natural non-GMO nut butter

Almond Butter Benefits and Nutrition

Almond butter’s creation is like peanut butter where it is nuts ground into a spread. Some are from roasted almonds and some come from raw almonds. Almond butter also comes in crunchy and smooth formulations as well as stir and no-stir.

And like peanut butter, the health benefits and nutrition are almost the same. Almond butter does take a slight lead in some areas. It has more healthy fats, calcium, iron, and vitamin E – an antioxidant.

Our all-natural cinnamon almond butter is one of the most nutritious snacks available. It not only curbs your sweet tooth, but gives your body nutrients, protein, minerals, and vitamins.

The superfood ingredients in every jar of Betsy's Best Cinnamon Almond Butter is loaded with all-natural health benefits

Why Make the Switch?

Honestly, you don’t have to switch from one to the other. It all depends on your preferences. Almond butter is a bit more nutritious, but they are similar. When it comes down to the wire, both are good for you and both have health benefits.

Keep in mind that when comparing the nutritional value of almond butter vs. peanut butter, it also depends on the brand. Commercial brands often have added things like preservative – as mentioned before. And if you’re focused on good-for-you foods, who wants that?

Here is a comparison of the two:

  • When it comes to calories per ounce both are the same. Two tablespoons of either peanut or almond butter contain a bit under 200 calories.
  • Peanut butter and almond butter have high amounts of monosaturated fats. This is the good kind of fat that links to blood sugar control and can minimize heart disease. Compared side-by-side, almond butter has more monosaturated fat by almost 25 percent.
  • In the fiber department, almond butter wins again. While all nuts contain fiber, two tablespoons of almond butter has a little over 3 grams. Peanut butter has almost 2 grams. Fiber is helpful in weight control because it makes you feel fuller faster.
  • Vitamins and minerals are an important factor in healthy food like nut butter. In comparison, almond butter is the front runner. Yet, both have healthy amounts of potassium, biotin, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, and zinc. When comparing the two, almond butter has more vitamin E, iron, and calcium.
  • One of the main benefits of nut butters is protein. In this comparison, peanut butter has more than almond butter. While there isn’t a major difference, peanut butter has around a gram more than almond butter per serving.
  • Both contain omega-3 fatty acids. These help to protect you from heart attack, stroke, and heart disease.

Healthline sums up some of the health benefits of including nut butters in your diet:

Research has shown time and again that people who regularly include nuts or nut butters in their diets are less likely to have heart disease or type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat nuts regularly. Research also suggests that regular consumption of nuts doesn’t contribute to obesity, despite the fact that nuts are high in calories.

Most studies find that the type of nut or nut butter doesn’t matter. For example, a study in over 6,000 women with type 2 diabetes found that eating five or more servings of either nuts or peanut butter per week significantly lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Bananas and peanut butter on whole wheat toast.

What About Taste?

Some people love peanut butter and some love almond butter. The taste is similar in both but almond butter does have a more nutty, richer flavor. Some love the stronger almond taste in almond butter, while others love the smoother peanut flavor in peanut butter. When it comes down to it, it is simply a matter of personal preference. Yet, you can’t go wrong no matter which one you prefer.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are loaded with superfood ingredients.

Why Choose Just One?

There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy both peanut butter and almond butter (unless you have an allergy). Both have nutritional value and both are a good source of plant-based protein. Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters are enhanced with a blend of distinctive, functional ingredients that provide a delicious and unique flavor profile and health-minded nutrition: chia seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, organic honey, and Himalayan pink salt.

Even better? They’re craveable! They come in delicious flavors people love, all crafted from healthy and natural ingredients. Flavors like cinnamon peanut butter with chia seeds and cinnamon almond butter and chia seeds. They’re ideal for sandwiches, dipping, spreading, and eating off the spoon. All of Betsy’s Best nut butters are a sweet, low sugar treat and perfect for adding to recipes. And you know what else? Your kids will love this healthy treat – we guarantee it!

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After Trying Justin’s Almond Butter, Fall in Love With Betsy’s Best

After Trying Justin’s Almond Butter, Fall in Love With Betsy’s Best

Many people turn to nut butters like Justin’s for a quick and healthy snack that gets them through the day. But how exactly did Justin’s come to be, and how do the products — including Justin’s Almond Butter — stack up to alternatives like Betsy’s Best?

 

What Is Justin’s?

Justin’s is a health-focused company that sells nut butters and nut-butter snacks made from simple ingredients. The company puts its focus on sustainability, sourcing locally wherever possible and striving to retain transparency with all ingredients and practices.

Back in 2004, Justin Gold moved from Pennsylvania to Boulder, Colorado, for greater access to the outdoor lifestyle. He wanted a healthy, protein-rich way to refuel and began blending nut butters in his kitchen. These nut butters featured his own flavor combinations, and they served him well on many adventures.

His housemates grew to love the taste too, encouraging him to sell his nut butters at the Boulder Farmers Market. He created a business plan, used an FDA-compliant facility, and sold his first four flavors — under the name Justin’s — to wild success.

Within a few years, Justin’s Almond Butter and other nut butter jars had made their appearance in local retail stores, along with the first squeeze packs. In 2007, a local producer loan from Whole Foods Market helped the company rise even further.

The company rebranded in 2009, introduced nut butter cups in 2011, and reached revenues of $50 million by 2015. The company took a new step in 2016, selling to Hormel Foods for $286 million to facilitate greater distribution and further support of sustainable goals. Today, Justin’s remains committed to community health through partnerships with Conscious Alliance and Whole Planet Foundation.

What Does Justin’s Offer?

You’ll find a variety of nut butters in 1.15-ounce squeeze packs and 12-, 16-, and 28-ounce jars; newer products include snack packs and nut butter cups. Nut butters have a nutritional breakdown that ranges from 1-3 grams of dietary fiber, 4-8 grams of protein, and 2-7 grams of sugar.

A Look at Products and Price Points

According to their website, pricing for Justin’s nut butter jars varies according to the type of nut butter. Cashew butters start at $13.99 for a 12-oz jar, while almond butters and hazelnut butters start at $13.99 for a 16-oz jar. Peanut butter is the most affordable of all Justin’s nut butters, starting at $4.54 for a 16-oz jar and $9.74 for a 28-oz jar.

Squeeze packs start at $0.79 for peanut butter and $1.59 for all other nut butters. As for newer products, snack packs start at $2.29 and nut butter cups start at $2.49 for a two-pack.

Justin’s began with four flavors, two of which are still around today: Honey Peanut and Honey Almond. The company also sells flavors like Cinnamon Almond, Maple Almond, Maple Cashew, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Vanilla Almond, along with Classic nut butters.

Why Do People Choose Justin’s Almond Butter and Other Products?

From food allergies to dietary restrictions, and concerns about the environment to concerns about product quality, there are many reasons why people seek out health-conscious companies and their products.

People say they choose Justin’s nut butters because the taste is like nothing else. Justin’s Almond Butter in particular is a perennial favorite, with reviews touting everything from the textural consistency to the minimal ingredients.

Lori L. at Influencer notes the creamy texture, while Nichole W. from Pittsburgh, PA, likes the minimal sugars and rich protein. Other reviewers like Amanda B. from New York, NY, aren’t convinced of the price, stating that although it is good, it is rather pricey for a nut butter. Bri C. from Bellevue, WA, fits in at the other end of the spectrum, noting a lack of flavor that left her unimpressed.

Some people choose Justin’s nut butters out of curiosity, whether drawn in by the packaging or perhaps bored with their usual purchases. When local stores bring in new flavors, people may feel compelled to test them out and pass along their reviews.

Others choose a nut butter like Classic Almond or Classic Cashew due to peanut allergies that have prevented them from enjoying peanut butter. Dietary restrictions, such as a vegan or vegetarian diet, may compel others to seek out certain food alternatives.

Apart from these reasons