Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Layer Bars

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Layer Bars

 Betsy’s ooey and gooey pumpkin layer bars recipe is sure to be a favorite at your Thanksgiving dinner. Not only are they ooey and gooey, they are gluten-free, healthy, and delicious.  Featuring Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter, pecans, and pumpkin you’ll be saying “It was #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Layer Bar Ingredients:

Crust:

3 cups raw pecans, divided

5 Tbsp light brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp Sea salt

1/2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

3 Tbsp coconut oil

Filling:

1 15 oz. can or carton pumpkin puree

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk, in fridge for at least 2 hrs

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 Tbsp almond milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

2.5 tsp cinnamon, divided

1/4 tsp ground ginger

Additional Betsy’s Best for topping

Step By Step Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Layer Bar Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350° F. Place 3 cups pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.  Remove and add Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon and coconut oil and stir until mixture is incorporated. Press the pecan mixture into a well-greased or parchment lined 8 X 8 pan. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly colored and fragrant. Set aside until ready to fill.

Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch into the maple syrup until combined. Place the pumpkin puree, sugar, maple syrup and cornstarch mixture, 1/4 cup coconut cream, almond milk, 1.5 tsp. cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor.  Puree until smooth.

Step 3: Pour the pumpkin filling onto the pecan crust, tap to even out the layer, and bake for 40 minutes.

Step 4: When done, remove the pumpkin bars from the oven and let cool on the counter. Place in the fridge for at least 8 hours.  Before serving, ice the top with a thin layer of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon.

Step 5: Enjoy your gluten-free ooey gooey pumpkin layer bars!

Recipe Yield: 9 bars

Betsy’s ooey gooey pumpkin layer bars make for a great bring-along to any get together.  Plus, your non gluten-free friends will never know your secret! Happy Halloween and Thanksgiving!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Cup

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Cup

Betsy’s diary-free chocolate mousse cups recipe is bound to become one of your go-to healthy desserts.  The mousse features our gourmet cinnamon almond butter and cocoa.  The crust features dried dates, cashews and coconut.  Trust Betsy! You’ll be saying “It was #LoveAtFirstTaste!”

Crust Ingredients:

Crust:

6 dried dates, pitted

1 cup cashews

1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut

4 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 Tbsp honey

Pinch sea salt

Mousse Ingredients:

1 can coconut milk, refrigerated overnight

3 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Crushed peppermint for garnish

Step By Step Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Cups Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place crust ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until well combined. 

Step 2: Put crust in 5 ramekins and press down and up the sides with fingers or a spoon. 

Step 3: Set aside. 

Step 4: Now place mousse ingredients in blender (minus the crushed peppermint) and puree until smooth. 

Step 5: Pour into ramekins and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hrs. 

Step 6: Garnish right before serving with the crushed peppermint.  

Step 7: Enjoy your dairy-free chocolate mousse cups!

Recipe Yield: 5 Mousse cups

As a registered Dietitian, Betsy is passionate about healthy eating and great tasting food. Most importantly she doesn’t believe you should have to eat boring but healthy desserts.  Betsy loves her dairy-free chocolate mousse cups and we know you will too.  Great tasting healthy desserts are not a unicorn. They do exist!

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How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

Are you wondering how to make chocolate dipped apples? Apples, a superfood fruit, sure are good for you, so why not turn them into a delicious and healthy dessert. Dipping them into a relatively low-sugar dark chocolate provides the perfect contrast between sweet and tart.  Even better, making this wonderful treat is fairly simple.

How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apples in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Core the apples

Select 2 apples to core. There are two ways you can approach taking the core out of the apple.  First, you can buy an apple corer.  This device makes it super easy to remove the core.  Your other option is to cut the apple in half and cut out the core using a knife.   By removing the core your chocolate dipped apples will be more enjoyable to eat. It is also important if you want to stuff your apples with some yummy surprises (see Betsy’s recipe below.)

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

Place 1 cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.  Pour 1/4 tsp of coconut oil onto the chips. Microwave for thirty seconds and stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. (Hint: The oil helps the chocolate to harden and not stay in liquid form.)

Step 3: Dip your apple into the chocolate

Place your apple into the bowl and swirl it through the chocolate until covered.  Use a spoon to scoop any left ober chocolate onto the apple.

Step 4: Let the chocolate dipped apples cool and dry.

Place the apples onto wax paper, place in refrigerator, and allow the chocolate to cool and dry to the touch.

Step 5: The most important part!

Enjoy your chocolate dipped apples!

Yield: 2 apples

Now that you know how to make chocolate dipped apples, it is time to make them into a gourmet treat.

Betsy’s Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Recipe (pictured above)

These apples are a healthier and tastier version of the traditional caramel apple. The gourmet nut butter surprise inside is the best part! You can choose from Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Almond Butter, Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, or Cardamom Cashew Butter. Allergic to nuts? Use Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter instead. All 5 nut and seed butters are gourmet treats. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apple Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored
  • 2 T of any Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter
  • ¼ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ C white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Directions:

Stuff Betsy’s Best into the apple’s hollowed-out core. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Dip the bottom half of apple in chocolate and coat with a knife. Let chocolate cool. Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Use knife to coat upper half of the apple. Let chocolate cool completely before eating.

Drizzle some caramel or butterscotch onto your chocolate dipped apples for another twist and roll in crushed nuts to finish it off!

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

With Betsy‘s chocolate chia pudding we go coco for chocolate and coconut!  This delicious and healthy dessert uses a gluten-free chocolate muffin from Soozy’s along with our delicious Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter Chia Pudding.  Such an amazing treat minus the guilt and it’s even vegan-friendly!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

1 c coconut milk

1 c greek yogurt, plain

2 T honey or maple syrup

1/2 c mango

1 c spinach or 2 T Koyah Leafy Greens Booster powder

1/2 c chia seeds

Step By Step Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe Directions:

Step 1Simply mix the ingredients together, and let them rest for a few moments.

Step 2: Stir the mix well with a fork every five minutes or so. At first, it’ll seem far too liquified, but over the course of thirty minutes the chia seeds will plump up, till the pudding resembles tapioca pudding.

To assemble the chocolate chia pudding parfait:

Step 1: Cut muffin in half and place the bottom half in a 4 oz mason jar.

Step 2: Slice strawberries thin and layer around the side of the jar.

Step 3: Layer with 1 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter and then add 1/4 Cup of chia pudding and top with the top of the muffin.

Step 4: Garnish with a dollop of Betsy’s Best and a strawberry.

We hope you enjoy our chocolate chia pudding recipe!  Are you eating it as a healthy snack or dessert?  Let us know what you think in the comments below?

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Breakfast Crepes With Cardamom Cashew Butter Filling

Breakfast Crepes With Cardamom Cashew Butter Filling

Betsy’s cardamom cashew butter breakfast crepes are so simple, and yet so tasty! These crepes are sure to become a weekend breakfast or dessert favorite in your home. After all, they are filled with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom and your favorite all-natural apricot fruit spread.

Crepe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

1 C all purpose flour

1 T sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

1 1/2 C whole milk

4 eggs

3 T unsalted butter, melted

1 T apricot fruit spread

Step By Step Breakfast CrepesRecipe Directions:

Step 1In a blender, combine flour, sugar, salt, sugar, milk, eggs, and butter. Puree until mixture for about 30 seconds. Allow batter sit at least 15 minutes on the counter, or refrigerate up to 1 day for later use.

Step 2: Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat lightly coated with butter or coconut oil. Add 1/3 cup batter and swirl to completely cover bottom of skillet. Cook until underside of crepe is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Loosen edge of crepe with a spatula, then with your fingertips, quickly flip and cook until golden. Slide crepe out of skillet and place on a plate to cool slightly*. Place Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter and apricot fruit spread on top of crepe, roll and enjoy!

Step 3: Enjoy your breakfast crepes!

*If you want the cashew butter to melt, smear onto the crepes while they are still warm. If you want a more firm crepe, allow crepe to cool completely.

Pair the cashew butter breakfast crepes with a warm cup of your favorite free-trade coffee and your day will be off to a great start! Remember, if you or your kids love those high-sugar hazelnut spreads in crepes, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut butters are the perfect all-natural, low sugar alternative!

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