Cashew Butter Strawberry Christmas Tree Treat

Christmas tree shaped cashew butter and strawberry treats

Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! How Could You Be So Tasty!!!  With fun and super yummy ingredients these Christmas Tree Treats will be a huge hit this Holiday season.  Made with strawberries, mini-chocolate muffins and Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom, you’ll have to take pictures of your creation quickly because they won’t last for long.

  • 1 pt strawberries
  • 1 package chocolate mini muffins
  • 1/4 c Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom
  • 1/4 c coconut shreds
  • 1 c icing
  • 2 T matcha powder
  • Red and Green sprinkles for decorating
  • Powdered sugar for garnish

Wash and dry the strawberries and cut off the tops with the green leaves.  Cut the bottom of the chocolate mini muffin so you can top it with a dollop of Betsy’s Best and then place the strawberry on top.  Meanwhile add the matcha powder to the icing and stir until a uniform green color.  Place in a pastry bag with a star tip.  Decorate the outside of the strawberry with the icing and add the sprinkles to look like ordainments. Lightly dust powdered sugar on top to look like snow.

Merry Christmas!

Candy Cane Cookie Dough Balls

Candy Cane Cookie Dough Balls recipe with Betsy's Best Gourmet Sunflower Seed Butter

Take cookie dough balls to the next level by putting a little jingle in each bite! These Betsy’s Candy Cane Cookie Dough Balls aren’t just super delicious, they’re made with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter, which contains all-natural ingredients like chia seeds, cinnamon and honey.                                                                                                                        

  • ½ cup Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter, (or substitute with Betsy’s Best Almond or Seed Butter)
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup oat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp natural cane sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 8 oz white chocolate
  • 5 oz crushed candy cane

Yields: 22 bites

Using a food processor, process Betsy’s Best and oats until reaching fine crumble. Add flour, salt and sugar, and process for a few seconds. Pour in maple syrup and vanilla, processing until combined. Dough should be sticky. Form into small balls and store in refrigerator.

Microwave white chocolate for 1 minute on half power. Stir. Return to microwave and melt on half power for another 30 seconds. Remove balls from the fridge. Coat each with chocolate. Place crushed candy cane in a bowl and roll each ball to coat. Let cool on wax paper or cookie sheet.

We hope you enjoy our very merry Candy Cane Cookie Dough Balls recipe!

 

Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

The season of candy canes and snow-covered hills calls for the perfect chocolate peppermint smoothie recipe! Creamy avocado, cocoa, chia seeds and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter make this super food smoothie a real holiday treat. Now you can enjoy the sweet tastes of the holidays without the guilt.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

¼ avocado

1 ½ cup almond milk (or other milk alternative)

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp cacao powder

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp peppermint extract

8 drops liquid Stevia (or 4 dates)

6 ice cubes

Honey for garnish

Crushed candy cane for garnish

Step By Step Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all ingredients except candy cane and honey to blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Line rim of a glass with honey and coat with crushed candy cane.

Step 4: Enjoy your healthy holiday while sipping your chocolate peppermint smoothie!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

You’ll #TasteTheDifference when you use Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cinnamon Almond Butter in our chocolate peppermint smoothie recipe.  It tastes amazing and fills up your belly like a bowl full of jelly, but without the guilt. 

Please tell us how you celebrate a healthy holiday in your home. If it includes some cheats, that is okay, too!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

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Mango Coconut Smoothie

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Merry Chocolate Peppermint Martini

This chocolate peppermint martini recipe will make any holiday party more festive!

Is any drink more festive than a chocolate peppermint martini?  Betsy doesn’t think so and she knows your holiday guests will love this super yummy drink.  They’ll be shocked and wowed when you reveal the secret ingredient is Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter.  

Chocolate Peppermint Martini Ingredients:

  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1 oz Kahlua or other coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 oz almond milk
  • 1 tsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter
  • drop peppermint extract
  • melted white chocolate for rim
  • crushed peppermint candy

Recipe Instructions:

Coat rim of glass in white chocolate and dip in crushed peppermint. Mix all liquids into a martini shaker with ice and shake. Make sure to shake hard enough to mix the almond butter into the liquids. Strain and serve!

 

The Gift of Good Health for the Holidays

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas include Betsy's Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters

The holiday season is in full swing, which means our lives are filled with close family, great friends, and delicious food (oh so much food!!). Although this season brings joy, nostalgia and indulgence in your favorite treats, it is far too often followed with weeks of regret and shame for breaking our “healthy habits”. To compensate for these “failures” we begin the all-to-familiar cycle of creating New Year’s Resolutions, to guide our transformation back towards good health, many times to no avail.

This year you can be proactive in addressing this vicious cycle and prepare yourself and loved ones by looking for gifts that make getting healthy easy, repeatable and fun. Instead of the traditional tie for Dad, or the boring monthly fruit basket for the folks, use this holiday season to positively impact the health of your family and friends by giving the Gift of Good Health! Below are some ideas to help get you started in transforming health through food, exercise, sleep and more!

Gifts of Fitness:

Help make fitness a part of everyday life through these gift ideas!:

Fitbit-

Help you stay motivated and improve your health by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep.”

Fitbit

Gaiam Yoga Mat with Slings

Perfect for the beginner and advanced Yogi!

Gaiam Yoga Mat

Foam Roller

A super inexpensive tool to help work out muscle kinks, and stretch out muscles for pre and post exercise!

Foam Roller

Nutrition & Hydration Gift Ideas:

Get your loved ones meet their health goals with these tools to improve their daily eating and hydration habits!

Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters

This is not your traditional nut butter, infused with functional food ingredients and spices like cinnamon or cardamon, this nut butter is one to impress! betsysbest.com

Thermos Nissan Intak Hydration

Stay hydrated and track your daily water intake with this innovative bottle design

Thermos Bottle

Oster Blender w/ To-go Cup

“Whether you’re off to work, the gym or just relaxing – this personal blender helps get you out of the door with blended drinks in hand. Ideal for protein shakes, smoothies or café frappes. Simply fill and blend with just a twist of the bottle. Change out the blender blade for the drinking lid and off you go!”

Oster Blender

Camelbak

Hydration on the go! Camelbak is the gold standard when it comes to portable hydration devices for athletes and every-day fitness enthusiasts!

Camelbak

The Healthy Gift that Keeps on Giving – Subscriptions:

Multiple monthly subscription boxes exist that help you focus on nutrition, cooking and even healthy shopping, here are some of our favorites: (Great for Last Minute Shoppers)

Blue Apron/Purple Carrot

While many meal delivery services exist, Blue Apron has become the clear front-runner in connecting people with not only healthy food, but cooking directions to turn anyone into the “Top Ameteur Chef

Purple Carrot has a similar design and method but focuses on a plant-based diet prescription, making it a perfect gift for the aspiring vegetarian and vegan chefs in your life!

Blue Apron

Purple Carrot

Thrive Market

“Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families.

Thrive

Bulu Box

“Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a box curated with a new mix of 4-5 premium samples from top brands to try. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime.”

Bulu

Other Healthy Gift Ideas:

The following gifts touch on cooking, sleeping and helping you and your loved ones reach optimal holistic, well-rounded health!

Health/Cooking Book

The market is inundated with so many diet plans, recipe/cooking books and ideaologies that it can confuse most people trying to make a positive health change in their lives. Here are a couple of our favorite recipe/cooking books that’ll help you or your loved ones make delicious, healthy meals a part of your every-day life!

Fat Burning Chef (Fat Burning Man)

  • “Paleo-friendly” this recipe plan focuses on using only whole-food ingredients

Bulletproof Chef (Bulletproof Diet)

            -Meal plans based on Dave Asprey’s best selling Bulletproof Diet

Whole30 (Whole 30)

  • Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”

Bamboo Sheets

Bamboo Lyocell which is one of the most sustainable and contemporary textile materials of the 21st century. No harmful chemicals are used in the production and water consumption is reduced significantly due to the closed loop system used. It is also stronger and softer than rayon.”

Ettitude

Salt Lamp/Vitamin D Lamp

(Salt Lamp)

  • “Not only will it help clean the air and expose you to at least some negative ions, it may also help counteract electromagnetic radiation and provides a gentle, soothing pink glow”

(Vitamin D Light )

“Ideal for individuals who may not be able to tolerate and digest Vitamin D supplements, pills, or supplemented foods”

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