4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, we’re sure many of you have already begun planning out your Halloween parties, but have you thought about the snacks and treats you’ll serve? Skip the standard calorie-, sugar-, and fat-packed Halloween snacks this year and opt instead to create healthful treats that taste amazing without sacrificing flavor. If you’re looking for suggestions, we have several for you! In our last post, we shared with your four tips for creating healthy, yummy snacks for your costume party using one key ingredient: natural almond butter. These snacks included:

  • A healthful holiday party platter with all our favorite snack recipes
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Homemade pumpkin dip served with an assortment of fruits, veggies, baked goods, and crackers
  • Lemon and coconut energy balls

Here are a few more of our favorite snacks featuring gourmet almond butter and other wholesome ingredients. Need to restock your supply of all-natural almond butter? Head over to Betsy’s Best where you’ll find delightful gourmet nut butters and seed spreads!

4 Halloween Treats Made With Natural Almond Butter

Almond Butter Cups

This is a new take on a Halloween favorite. Make your own peanut butter cups, replacing the peanut butter with natural almond butter, and using cocoa, honey, and other healthy alternatives for creating these treats. If you’d rather go for almond butter balls coated in chocolate, you can do that too! The best part is, these are no-bake treats. Simply combine almond butter, honey, and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Making your own chocolate sauce by melting dark chocolate or using cocoa. Then, coat the almond butter in the chocolate, and refrigerate for an hour or until the chocolate hardens. Then serve in decorative Halloween cupcake cups and enjoy!

Gourmet Almond Butter and Jelly Finger Sandwiches

Using a wholesome whole grain bread, smother one side with almond butter, the other with fresh fruit or jelly, and cut into Halloween-themed shapes like ghosts and pumpkins. These are simple, yet filling and very easy to eat. You can refrigerate them for 30 minutes before serving them so to eliminate any gooeyness.

Almond Butter and Crackers

Rather than serving processed cheese dips and crackers, opt instead for healthy, yummy almond butter. Find an assortment of sweet and savory crackers or make them yourself. In a small serving bowl, add natural almond butter topped with crushed almond slices and a honey or maple syrup drizzle.

Homemade Pumpkin Granola

This is a crowd-pleaser for sure. This granola mix combines fall favorites like oats, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raw cashews, sea salt, honey, and, among other wholesome ingredients, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter. This is easy to make and delicious to enjoy!  

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If you’re in need of a few jars of natural almond butter, non-GMO peanut butter, or cashew butter to create all your yummy Halloween treats, visit Besty’s Best today! All our nut butters and seed spreads are made with healthful, certified non-GMO ingredients. Head over to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut butters today!

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4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re like us, you’re probably already planning out your Halloween party eats for the kids, the office, or your adult-themed party. Rather than the usual buckets of store-bought candy, cookies, popcorn, chips, and other processed snacks, why not create your own using healthful yet tasty ingredients? Today, let’s look at some fun ways to transform the boring Halloween party snacks of old by looking at ways to put a new spin on classic favorites using natural almond butter as the secret ingredient. Be sure to visit Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butters so you’re fully stocked for all your snack making this Halloween.

4 Natural Almond Butter-Based Halloween Treats

Holiday Party Platter

Create a fun, healthy holiday platter that combines all the best snacks into one. From almond butter apple-berry finger sandwiches and apple slices dipped in almond butter, to no-bake almond butter balls and chocolate pumpkin seed clusters, this Halloween party platter won’t scare anyone away.

Homemade Trail Mix

Give the kids and adults something healthy to munch on with this homemade trail mix recipe. Combine all the best fall harvest nuts of the season, including peanuts, cashews, and pecans with dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice, and, of course, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter. Toss the mixture together and enjoy! Say “goodbye” to store-bought trail mix for good, and “hello” to a sweet and savory mix that both parents and kids will love.

Homemade Pumpkin Dip

What is a Halloween party without pumpkin-flavored treats? A boring one! There’s no need to stock the snack table with greasy potato chips and calorie-packed processed cheese dips when you can make a delicious, nutritious homemade pumpkin dip that satisfies the craving for sweet and spicy. This dip pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, crunchy veggies, baked goods, and crackers.

Lemon Energy Balls

Okay, while this one doesn’t contain our natural almond butter, it is made with our delicious cardamom cashew butter, so we couldn’t resist. These little delights combine the sour zest of lemon with the richness of cashew butter and the sweetness of coconut. Why do these make a great Halloween treat, you ask? For one, they are extremely tasty. And two, you can make them look like little ghost faces by adding a few pieces of dark chocolate for the eyes and mouth.

Visit Betsy’s Best Today!

If you’re in need of a few jars of natural almond butter or cashew butter to make these and other tasty Halloween treats, shop Besty’s Best today! All our nut butters and seed spreads are made with wholesome, certified non-GMO ingredients. Stock your pantry today!

Tune in next time to learn even more spooky Halloween treats to make using wholesome, delicious ingredients!

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3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 2

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!

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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!

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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.

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Why You Should Choose Natural Almond Butter Over Processed Nut Butters: Part 2

Why You Should Choose Natural Almond Butter Over Processed Nut Butters: Part 2

Welcome back to my blog! If you read the first part of this blog series, you are well-informed about how much healthier all-natural almond butter is than big-name, processed nut butters. As it turns out, healthy almond butter not only provides your body with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, but it also tastes even better than those that are chock-full of sugar and sodium. You might be thinking to yourself: “Can something healthy really taste better than sweets?” or “Is it really worth spending the extra money?” Trust me, it is. And if you don’t believe me, let’s look at the facts!

All-Natural Almond Butter Tastes Better

I’ll be the first one to admit that I crave sweets and salty snacks sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I feel the need to resort to processed foods in order to satisfy my cravings. We all love the sweet and savory taste of our favorite nut butters, but the fact is that many non-natural products are packed with unhealthy, dehydrating ingredients that will make you instantly regret your decision. In my opinion, there is nothing that can ruin the taste of a nut butter than an excessive dose of sodium and sugar that overpowers the deliciously natural taste of real nuts.

Next time you’re craving the comfort of a processed nut butter, take a step back and consider whether you are craving sodium, sugar, or actual nuts. Many people who like the taste of unhealthy nut butters actually favor the taste of the nut itself mixed with other wholesome ingredients even more, but do not realize it until they take a chance on a natural nut butter. Healthy almond butter, for example, combines the naturally sweet taste of organic almonds with other delicious natural flavors, such as honey, cinnamon, and chia seeds. By themselves, these ingredients contain nutritional value, and together, they create a tasty spread that is unparalleled by processed junk food.

Just ask anyone who has made the switch from processed to organic raw almond butter which one they like better, and most, if not all of them will tell you they much prefer naturally delicious flavors over excessive sodium and sugar. While choosing natural almond butter as an alternative to processed products can be difficult at first, your tastebuds will quickly acclimate to appreciate natural flavors that are healthy and come from the earth. Plus, there is no guilt associated with consuming appropriate serving sizes of all-natural almond butter, which will allow you to enjoy it even more!

It’s A Little More Pricey — Which Is A Good Thing

Many people who choose processed nut butters over natural alternatives do so partially because they cost less. Sometimes way less. While this may seem like a good thing to consumers, you get what you pay for when it comes to nut butters, and unfortunately, many people choose the cheap route. What these people don’t understand is that they are wasting money on products that have virtually no nutritional value and are full of unhealthy ingredients that are cheap to produce. That’s why junk food costs so much less than healthy meals nowadays; they are made with shortcuts that are good for your bank account but are incredibly detrimental to your health and well-being.

Unlike sodium, sugar, and saturated fat, wholesome ingredients are valuable for your health and are well-worth your money. I’m not saying that there aren’t any nut butter brands out there that misuse the word “natural” as justification for upping their prices, but for the most part, a higher price indicates better ingredients. That being said, it’s best to check the nutrition label of nut butters that claim to be natural so you can see what you’re really paying for and determine whether it’s worth it to spend the extra few dollars. If you see things like raw almonds, chia seeds, organic honey, or pink Himalayan salt on the label of an almond butter, for example, you can bet that your money is being put to good use. Truly organic, gluten-free, non-GMO almond butters will indefinitely cost more than processed ones, and rightfully so.

Next time you find yourself standing in the peanut butter aisle of the supermarket and are tempted to save money by adding a processed nut butter to your cart, step back and think about it. If money is an issue for you, why would you fill your body with junk that ultimately puts your heart and entire body at risk of developing expensive health issues down the road? I know this sounds like an exaggeration, but it really isn’t because people who perpetually consume cheap, unhealthy foods for the sake of saving money put themselves at a far greater risk of heart disease, obesity, stroke, and other life-threatening health conditions.

Choose Betsy’s Best All-Natural Almond Butter

All things said and done, any shift away from processed nut butters is worth the extra effort, even if that means taking baby steps until you truly come to appreciate all-natural, organic flavors. Trust me when I say that your body, taste buds, and wallet will thank you when you stop wasting money on processed nut butters that do nothing but give you a false sense of health. If you’re ready to make the switch to a healthy lifestyle fueled by all-natural nut butters and other nutritionally-rich foods, try Betsy’s Best almond butter today! I would be honored to help you get your health on track with my deliciously healthy nut butters.

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