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.

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?

Betsy’s Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip

Betsy’s Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip

Betsy’s cinnamon peanut butter dip is the best choice if you’re looking for a healthy treat for the family to enjoy!  This high protein bean dip is the perfect combo with fresh cut veggies.  The sweet and savory combo goes well together and is the perfect appetizer for any party! Trust Betsy, you’ll taste the difference!

Recipe Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 can white beans, drained

4 pitted dates, soaked for four hrs and then drained

1 T mellow white miso or 1/8 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 c water

Step By Step Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all ingredients except for the water in a food processor or blender. 

Step 2: Pulse to combine and then blend until smooth. 

Step 3: Drizzle with water until the dip is super smooth; you may need a few tablespoons extra water as you go along.

Step 7: Enjoy your homemade cinnamon peanut butter dip on your favorite veggies!!

Note From Betsy: If you don’t use my gourmet peanut butter, the dip will most likely be less flavorful.

At Betsy’s house even the kids love eating vegetables. From carrots to celery, and even cherry tomatoes kids and adults can’t wait to dip into this amazing cinnamon peanut butter dip. Please let us know what vegetables or fruit you like to dip!

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Betsy’s cinnamon sweet potato fries are the perfect side for summer grilling. After all, what is a better combination than sweet potato and cinnamon? These sweet potato almond butter fries are to die for, and you can’t stop at just one! Feel good as you fill up with the perfect combination of protein and healthy carbs. Loaded with vitamin A, fiber, and the goodness of chia with keep you coming back for more.

Ingredients:

3 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1 large sweet potato, sliced like fries

1 tbsp. sunflower oil (or canola)

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt

Black pepper, to taste

Step By Step Sweet Potato Fries Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (to avoid mess).

Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk together Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Seed Butter, oil, salt and peppers. Set aside.

Step 4: Put sweet potato strips in a medium bowl and pour liquid mixture over top. Use spoon or hands to coat each potato strip.

Step 5: Transfer sweet potato fries to cookie sheet, spreading them out to allow for even baking.

Step 6: Bake 15 minutes, then remove pan and use a spatula to flip the fries. Bake another 20 minutes.

Step 6: Remove pan and flip one more time. Bake 5-10 minutes – until fries are slightly crisp.

Step 7: Enjoy your cinnamon sweet potato fries!

Say good-bye to regular french fries. Our cinnamon sweet potato fries are so healthy and super delicious it will be a family favorite for sure. Please let us know how much you liked this healthy side dish recipe.  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

IIf you are savvy food label reader, here is why you need a homemade almond milk recipe. Most almond milk buyers are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, but those ingredients on the almond milk containers are suspicious.  Carrageen, soy lethecin, and other preservatives – really????  Why deal with that when making your own almond milk at home is super easy, inexpensive, and even better tasting then the store bought varieties?

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2 heaping TBS Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

2 C filtered water

1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Step By Step Homemade Almond Milk Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Blend all-ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Step 2: Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Step 3: Shake before each use.

Step 4: Enjoy your delicious almond milk.

You can even change this homemade almond milk recipe into any kind of seed or nut butter milk. Use Betsy’s Best Sunflower Seed Butter, Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, or Gourmet Peanut Butter for a delicious twist!  To make an even lower calorie version, add 1 more cup of filtered water.  Be sure to shake or stir before using as the chia seeds and almond pieces may settle to the bottom.  You may use a nut milk bag to remove these if you wish.

When you discover how easy it is to make almond milk you will never buy it at the store again!  I always use a cleaned out almond milk carton or glass beverage container to store my milk at home. With the hints of cinnamon, fiber from the chia seeds, and sweetness from the honey and almonds, this homemade almond milk recipe will be one you will savor and make again and again!

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