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.

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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!

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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.  Big 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 a peanut butter lover 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?

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6 Foods That Go Great With Natural Peanut Butter

6 Foods That Go Great With Natural Peanut Butter

In my last blog post, I outlined some of the main reasons why switching to all-natural peanut butter is worth it. Aside from being much healthier than regular peanut butter, it tastes just as good, if not better, and goes great with a variety of different foods. Here are some of my favorite pairings for you to try!

Fruit

Fruit is one of the main kinds of food people pair with peanut butter ― especially apples. Fresh, organic apples sliced up and dipped in Betsy’s Best gourmet peanut butter is one of my favorite after-work snacks, as it provides me with the energy and nutrients I need to take on the next part of my day. Try it with honeycrisp apples, organic bananas, or mangoes!

Oatmeal

If you love oatmeal, you’ll love oatmeal with all-natural, non-GMO peanut butter. I like to add a spoonful to my morning oatmeal, which goes well with raisins, cinnamon, and just about any kind of fresh fruit. There isn’t a tastier way to add a thick, creamy texture to this healthy breakfast dish.

Pretzels

Dipping pretzels can either be healthy or guilty, so skip the cheese dip and choose gourmet peanut butter instead! I love the delicious sweet-salty combination of these two healthy snacks, especially when I have a craving for junk food.

 

 

Toast

Everyone loves peanut butter toast, right? Take your on-the-go breakfast to the next level with Betsy’s Best gourmet peanut butter, which is chock-full of the essential nutrients to kick-start your day. This healthy meal will not only hold you over until your lunch break at work, but will also provide you with the energy you need to get your brain working early in the morning.

Smoothies

Many of us struggle to make our smoothies the right consistency, whether that means adding bananas, yogurt, or peanut butter. Add thickness and essential nutrients to your morning or mid-afternoon smoothie with Betsy’s Best non-GMO peanut butter, which will give you a naturally-sweet nutty cinnamon taste.

Stir Fry

At first, this combination might seem weird. But for those who love the sweet taste peanuts add to their favorite Asian dish, my all-natural peanut butter adds a delicious, guilt-free touch to any stir fry sauce. Try it with lean meats and hearty veggies like sweet peppers, broccoli, carrots, and snow peas ― trust me, you won’t regret it!

I hope you enjoy these recipes made with Betsy’s Best cinnamon peanut butter. Let me know what you think of them, and don’t hesitate to share your own peanut butter creations with me!

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3 Reasons You Should Switch to Natural Peanut Butter

3 Reasons You Should Switch to Natural Peanut Butter

There are endless brands of peanut butter on the market nowadays, and each brand offers a variety of options to choose from. With so many different kinds of peanut butter from so many different brands, shoppers are often susceptible to choosing the “natural” versions big corporations offer, rather than those from healthy peanut butter brands. As mentioned in my first blog post, the term “natural” is often used as a blanket term meaning “less bad for you” than the original product companies sell, making the term devoid of meaning altogether.

When it comes to choosing the healthiest kind of peanut butter at the grocery store, it’s important to compare brands, not the versions they offer. Different companies have different values and practices, which will remain consistent across all of their products. That being said, be sure to choose a brand whose “natural” peanut butter is organic, non-GMO, and only contains wholesome ingredients. Here are a few reasons why you should abandon big-name brands and switch to an all-natural peanut butter.

It’s Better For You

Obviously, all-natural nut butters are healthier than those that are chock-full of sugar, salt, and saturated and trans fats. Ideally, people shouldn’t consume trans fats at all, and shifting from an unhealthy brand of peanut butter to one that only contains wholesome ingredients is an easy way to start eliminating it from your diet. Most big-name peanut butter brands contain high amounts of hydrogenated vegetable oil, which might sound healthy, but is a camouflaged kind of trans fat that leads to high cholesterol and heart disease. You can identify all-natural brands of peanut butter by their “non-GMO” and “gluten-free” labels, as well as a complete nutrition label that has peanuts listed as the first ingredient. Betsy’s Best gourmet peanut butter is non-GMO verified, gluten-free, organic, and contains delicious natural ingredients like peanuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, and honey.

 

 

It Tastes Just as Good

Anyone who has made the switch from unhealthy peanut butter to an all-natural kind will tell you that it tastes just as good, if not better. For many people, the high amounts of sodium and sugar found in big-name brand peanut butter makes them dehydrated and lethargic. Truly natural peanut butter will satisfy your craving in the same way, but with tons of protein, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins in place of trans fat, sodium, and sugar.

It’s Worth the Money

Many people who stick to big-name brand peanut butter do so because it’s significantly cheaper, depending on which kind you buy. But as with any other kind of food, you get what you pay for. Since these brands of peanut butter contain high amounts of trans fat, sodium, and sugar instead of ingredients with nutritional value, they can afford to charge far less for their products. In reality, choosing unhealthy brands for their low prices is like throwing money away because you are paying for junk food, rather than essential nutrients. If you’re going to buy peanut butter, it’s well worth the extra five dollars to buy a kind that is worth putting in your body.

There are many reasons to switch to all-natural peanut butter that is verified gluten- and gmo-free, including the health benefits, the naturally delicious taste, and the incredible bang for your buck. I hope that this blog has helped you realize why switching to healthy peanut butter is worth it, and I’m excited for you to taste mine!

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Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and peanut butter are a perfect match! if you are looking for healthy snack or lunch ideas why not go to this perfect pairing.  Apples are one of the best fruits to eat and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon peanut butter is non-GMO, low in sugar, and super tasty.  In fact, all of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are non-GMO, low in sugar, and loaded with all-natural flavor.

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich Snack Treats

A sweet treat that is fun to eat!  They may look deceiving, but throw out the bread and use fruit instead!  These gluten-free goodies will fool the kids but keep them satisfied.  We don’t want to fool you, these are for adults too!  You can use any nut butter of your choice to create the flavor you desire.  Trust us, they are as fun to make as they are to devour!!!

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced in circles
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter of choice
  • 2 T Granola

Take 2 slices of the apple and apply Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter to 1 side of each apple.  Sprinkle granola on one slice and sandwich together with the other slice.

Apple and Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1 Apple Apple and Seed Butter Snack Ideas
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter
  • Sprinkles or dark cacao nibs
  • Slice apple horizontally in 1/4” slices, but do not remove the seeds or the core.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter over the top of each slice and sprinkle with sprinkles or cacao nibs!
  • Cashew Butter Doughnut
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Coconut or Cashew Cardamom Butter
  • Sprinkles

Core apple and slice horizontally in 1/4” slices.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter over the top making sure not to cover the hole.  Add sprinkles!

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