Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Healthy, energy boosting lemon squares anyone? Toasted coconut and lemon are two great foods for summer snacks.  Whether you are a kid or an adult you will love these delicious coconut cashew butter lemon energy bites.  Make a bunch and pack them on your long bike rides or hikes.  If you are just relaxing or heating healthy at work they are a great snack and it’s vegan-friendly, too!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

2 T shredded coconut

Zest from 1 lemons

1/2 fresh lemon, juiced

1 T Agave

Shredded coconut to garnish

Step By Step Lemon Square Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. 

Step 2: Flatten all ingredients into a cookie sheet and cut into squares.

Step 3: Store in the fridge, covered, for up to 1 week.  

Step 4: Enjoy!

Yield 6 lemon squares.

Boost your energy while enjoying a yummy and healthy lemon square.  Lemons are among the best fruits to eat and their flavor is so refreshing.  Combined with cardamom and cashew butter this gourmet treat will be among your favorite healthy baking recipes!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

With this peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe, two of America’s favorite coolies come together in this delicious recipe from Betsy.  That’s right, peanut butter and chocolate chips together in one amazing cookie; And, its not any bland old PB. It’s Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter.  We promise you’ll #TasteTheDifference!Consume as a side or turn into a snack, you will find this recipe keeps you coming back. it!

Recipe Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

½ cup butter, I prefer salted, at room temp

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1 large eg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 all-purpose flour

2 T coconut Oil

1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Directions:

Step 1With an electric mixer or by hand, mix the butter, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together.

* If you don’t use salted butter Betsy recommends adding 1 tsp of Himalayan pink salt.

Step 2: Add oil, vanilla, salt (if needed) and egg and stir to combine.

Step 3: In a separate bowl add flour and baking soda to combine and add to butter mixture and stir until incorporated with an electric mixer or by hand.

Step 4: Stir in the chocolate chips.

Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 6: Let cool and Enjoy!!!

These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are going to be really, really good, but please let them cool down before you gobble them up. BTW, this is the perfect recipe for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Please let us know what you think in the comments below.
Mom Minded for Mother’s Day 2018

Mom Minded for Mother’s Day 2018

What goes on in the minds of mothers would be an interesting study.  As a mom myself, I know my head is swimming with a million things to do and somehow finding ways to balance it all–family, work, house, cooking, shopping, laundry, walking the dog, carpooling, coffee, coffee, coffee…oh yea, sleep.

As I know, moms are always on the go and often put themselves last.  As children, we don’t see everything that goes into the daily routine of being a mom.  We take it for granted that mom somehow is always there for us.  That is unconditional love, the forever hug, a sense that somehow mom always has our back.

Even as adults we still need our moms and hopefully develope an appreciation for all the hard work that went into those child-rearing years.

This Mother’s Day make mom feel special and create a memory that will last beyond a day.  Sure a gift or flowers is one way to show appreciation, but finding a way to touch her heart and show her just how much we appreciate her love is even better.

Here are some unique ways to show her you care:

Wellness Walk– Fortunately Mother’s Day is in the spring and the weather should be delightful!  Find a park, wellness trail, garden or a river walk and share the beauty of the great outdoors with her.

Legacy Box– Take all those photos and videos of your cherished time together as you were growing up and help her preserve those memories.  Don’t stop with the past but continue to add to the legacy box with new cherished memories.

Plant an Herb Garden– A bouquet of flowers is short lived but a pot of herbs is a gift that keeps on giving.  If your mom has a green thumb and loves to cook, a potted plant of fresh herbs is one way to show you care.

Movie Memory– If you live afar and cannot be with your mom for Mother’s Day, create a movie montage for her to cherish now.  Remember watching those old movies of your mom and you when you were growing up?  She is likely to cherish watching a movie of you now.  Tell her a funny memory from when you were little, or remind her of your most treasured moment with her.  Sometimes all a mom wants to hear is how much you care for her.

The Gift of Good Health– Investing in your mother’s health is the perfect payback for all of those years she made you eat your veggies!!!  Give her a gift certificate to Whole Foods, a meal delivery service for a week or a jar of Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter like Betsy’s Best!!!  I had to add that one idea in there!

So spread the love this Mother’s Day with a gift from the heart.  I know I am “nuts” for my mom and thankful for all that she has taught me.  I am sincerely appreciative of all her love and continued support as I learn the ropes of being a mom myself.

I wish every mom a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Sincerely,

Betsy Opyt

2015 Florida Young Mother of the Year

Hummingbird Cupcakes with Almond Butter Streusel Topping

Hummingbird Cupcakes with Almond Butter Streusel Topping

These almond butter hummingbird cupcakes are a real treat. Sweet as can be, but healthy at the same time. All natural sweetness comes from fruit and honey, while powerful protein from almonds balances out this morning muffin. This muffin will have you humming all morning! We know you’ll #TasteTheDifference!

Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 1/2 C blanched almond flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

3 eggs

1/4 C honey

2 T coconut oil, melted (any nut or vegetable oil will work)

1 C smashed ripe bananas, about two bananas

1 C crushed pineapple, drained

1 T chia seeds

Step By Step Hummingbird Cupcakes Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 F.

Step 2: In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, chia seeds, and cinnamon.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, golden syrup, vanilla, Betsy’s Best, and oil.

Step 4: Mix bananas and pineapple into the wet ingredients.

Step 5: Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Set aside.

 Step 6: Enjoy the hummingbird cupcakes!

2 T Betsy’ Best Gourmet Almond Butter

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c gluten free flour blend

1/2 c oats

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

2 T coconut oil

Cupcake Streusel Topping Directions

Step 1: Add all ingredients to bowl and stir with a fork until crumbled.

Step 2: Divide batter evenly between 14 cupcake liners (liners should be filled almost to the top) and add streusel topping.

Step 3: Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Yield : 12 cupcakes

This almond butter hummingbird cupcake with streusel topping recipe can also be baked as a small cake or bread loaf. It can also be made into mini muffins for small bites of a delicious treat!

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Apple Blossom Recipe

Apple Blossom Recipe

Nothing goes better together  than Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter and apples, right?  Well then, Betsy’s recipe for an almond butter apple blossom has to be out of this world.! Get outside and enjoy the Fall weather on an apple picking expedition.  After you get home turn on the oven and start baking.  It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the harvest.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 sheet puff pastry sheet, thawed

2 red apples, sliced paper thin

3 T apricot preserves

1/2 of a lemon, juiced

flour for countertop

powdered sugar for decorating

cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step By Step Apple Blossom Recipe Directions

Step 1: Thaw the puff pastry for about 20-30 minutes.

Step 2: Prepare a bowl with some water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper thin slices. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl with lemon and water, to prevent oxidation. Microwave the apples in the bowl, for about 3 minutes, to soften. Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough a little, trying to keep it in a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in 6 strips. These are about 2 in x 9 in (5 cm x 22 cm).

Step 3: In a bowl, place three tablespoons of apricot preserve with two tablespoons of water and 2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter. Microwave for about one minute. Spread the preserve on the dough. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Drain the apples. Place the apples on the dough so the red edge of the apple is lined up 1/2 way over the edge of the pastry sheet lining the longest side of the pastry and overlapping the apple slices on top of each other. Fold up the bottom part of the dough so it covers the bottom half of the apple that lines the edge of the pastry. Carefully roll, from one end to the other and seal the edge, and place in a silicone muffin cup. No need to grease the muffin mold if it’s silicone. Otherwise if using muffin tins make sure to grease it. Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked. Sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Step 4: Enjoy your apple blossoms

Sit back and relax as you enjoy your almond butter apple blossom with a nice cup of gourmet coffee.

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