Flax Seed Nutrition Facts for a Functional Foodie

Flax Seed Nutrition Facts for a Functional Foodie

Who thought an itty bitty seed could pack a nutritional punch to your health? Flax seeds are a rich source of ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) which is a type of Omega 3, along with ligins, which is a plant based phytoestrogen and an antioxidant.  If you have a NEED for SEED in your diet, then check out these crazy ways to sneak this seed into your recipes!

Some Functional Ways To Use Flax Seeds

  • Adapt your existing recipes by substituting flax for the oil or shortening specified in a recipe. If a recipe calls for 1/3 cup of oil, replace with 1 cup of ground flaxseed – a 3:1 substitution ratio.  Also replace an egg for a dairy free alternative: 1 tbsp. ground flax + 3 tbsp. water
  • Ground flax can be added to your morning juice or chocolate milk – usually a heaping tablespoon or two with your favorite beverage. Or you can sprinkle ground flax on cereals, yogurt or Betsy’s Best!
  • Recommended Daily Usage – To get the maximum benefits from flax seeds it is recommend using 3 tbsp. of ground flax seeds per day. 

Try this recipe for Homemade Dairy & Gluten-Free Pancakes!

Your Bestie,

Betsy Opyt

Almond Butter Cinnamon Donut Holes Recipe

Almond Butter Cinnamon Donut Holes Recipe

Who doesn’t go NUTS for DoNUTS????   Betsy’s yummy cinnamon donut holes are not only dairy and gluten free but full of flavor.  The cinnamon from the Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter gives these a wonderful flavor and even good to eat without the topping

Donut Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1½ cup all-purpose gluten free flour blend

⅓ cup light brown sugar

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp salt

1 egg

⅓ C plain, coconut yogurt

¼ C coconut oil

¼ C almond or coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Donut Coating

1½ C granulated sugar

1 T ground cinnamon

¼ C coconut oil, melted

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 C powdered sugar

2 T almond or coconut milk

Step By Step Cinnamon Donut Holes Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard sized donut pan and set aside.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine egg, yogurt, coconut oil, almond milk, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until just combined. Mixture will be slightly lumpy and thick.

Step 3: Spoon batter into the donut molds, filling ¾ of the way to the top of the molds. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before coating.

Step 4: To make the cinnamon sugar, combine both ingredients in a shallow bowl. Using a small brush, brush each donut with the melted coconut oil, then dip each side into the sugar mixture. In a separate bowl you can add powdered sugar and brush the donut with coconut oil and coat in the powdered sugar.  To glaze the donut, combine 3/4 c of powdered sugar with 2 T almond milk and 1/4 tsp vanilla and stir.  Coat donut in glaze and set on plate to cool.

Step 5: Enjoy your Betsy’s Best almond butter cinnamon donut holes!

Recipe Yield: 12 mini donuts

Brew a great cup of coffee and enjoy your gluten free and dairy free cinnamon donut holes.  With the award winning taste of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon baked in this recipe is sure to be a hit.

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

Bonkers for the Health Benefits of Bananas

Bonkers for the Health Benefits of Bananas

Why should we go bonkers for BANANAS? Bananas are loaded with important health benefits. They offer powerful protection of the cardiovascular system because of the rich nutrient called potassium, which helps guard against high blood pressure. Bananas also contain an element called fructooligosaccharide, which is better known as a prebiotic. This substance not only acts as a food source for healthy bacteria lining the gut, it also helps calcium absorb in your intestine for stronger bones and beautiful teeth.

The Health Benefits of Bananas

Ever wonder why you feel so good after eating bananas? That feel-good mood has something to do with bananas’ electrolyte enhancing minerals and hormone balancing tryptophan, serotonin and norepinephrine. Bananas and peanut butter on whole wheat toast.These help fight depression, increase feelings of well-being and relaxation, and also have the ability to fight off sleeplessness and mood swings. Plus, they not only leave you feeling good, they keep your tummy happy too! Bananas actually suppress acid in the stomach, which helps ease heartburn and fight against ulcers. They are also an excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that helps eliminate waste and toxins from the body and also help the body get rid of cholesterol in the foods you are eating. It’s not hard to see why we’re bananas over the health benefits of this incredibly tasty fruit! Next time you hesitate to reach for a banana because you think it’s loaded with sugar and carbs, think again. One small banana has just 90 calories and 12g of sugar. That’s less than your traditional Greek yogurt, a Starbucks Frappuccino or a Nutri-Grain granola bar! Pick up a banana to peel back a bit of deliciousness and bite off a chunk of nutrients that will fuel your body from the inside out!

Cookie dough ice cream sundae recipeWant to supercharge your health with bananas? Pair up your favorite Betsy’s Best Nut and Seed Butter with a banana for a snack. Whether you spread, dip, or scoop Betsy’s Best onto a banana, every bite will be perfect. You can even take tasty bananas and Betsy’s Best to the next level by creating a healthy treat. Even though it is cold outside, try Betsy’s Cookie Dough Banana Sundae recipe (pictured below) that will warm your heart, and taste buds!

Cookie Dough Banana Sundae  – Gluten-Free, Non-Dairy

Cookie Dough Banana Sundae – Gluten-Free, Non-Dairy

Do you love ice cream sundaes but hate what they do to your waistline? With this Cookie Dough Banana Sundae recipe you can enjoy a deliciously cold treat while treating your body to great health. Even better, this sundae is gluten-free, dairy free, and vegetarian.

  • 2 frozen bananas, peel removed
  • ½ cup Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • 1 Tbsp natural cane sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Balls:

In a food processor, process Betsy’s Best and oats until reaching a fine crumble. Add flour, sugar and salt, and process for a few seconds. Pour in maple syrup and vanilla, processing until combined. Dough should be sticky. Stir in chocolate chips. Form dough into tiny marble-size balls. Store in freezer.

Ice Cream:

In a blender, blend frozen bananas until smooth (like soft serve ice cream). Add ¼ cup cookie dough balls to blender and process until creamy. Stir in remaining ¼ cup cookie dough balls by hand. Scoop ice cream into two bowls and enjoy!

Enjoy a guilt-free evening as you satisfy your sweet tooth with our homemade cookie dough banana sundae.