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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Caramel Macchiato Smoothie with Almond Butter

Caramel Macchiato Smoothie with Almond Butter

If yA caramel macchiato smoothie is a great way to wake up this morning and put a little pep in your step!  An octane smoothie with natural energy derived from maca powder and coffee fueled with protein rich almond butter and filling chia seeds.!

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1/2 c almond milk, unsweetened

1/2 c cold coffee

1 frozen banana

2 tsp maca powder

3 dates

1 T chia seeds

pinch pink Himalayan salt

Step By Step Caramel Macchiato Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all smoothie ingredients unto your blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 5: Enjoy your Macchiato smoothie!

Betsy’s caramel Macchiato smoothie recipe is a  perfect blend for your morning routine! By combining great taste and superfood nutrition your day is sure to get off to a great start!

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

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Oat and Almond Butter Ball Turkeys

Oat and Almond Butter Ball Turkeys

Betsy’s Oat and Almond Butter Ball Turkeys are a super fun, kid-friendly Thanksgiving dessert recipe.  These cute bite-sized energy balls are decorated to look like a turkey and will be “gobbled” up by the whole family!  Prep the balls ahead of time and let the kids decorate them!  They are almost too cute to eat and make a fantastic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table

Ball Ingredients:

1/2 C Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1/2 c oats

1/4 c honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 T chia seeds

1 T hemp seeds

1/4 tsp sea salt

Step By Step Almond Butter Ball Directions:

 

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well

Step 2: Form into ball

Step 3: Place in the refrigerator to set

Yield:  8-10 balls

Decorating Ingredients:

 

1/2 c flax seed, whole

slivered almonds, divided into 3 separate baggies

Food colorings

Large pretzel sticks

Small pretzel sticks

Candy corn

Licorice, red pull apart strings

Candy eyes

1/2 C Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

Step By Step Decorating Directions:

 

Step 1In 3 separate baggies place about 1/4 of slivered almonds in each bag.

Step 2: Add 1-2 drops of food coloring of your choice and massage.  Set aside.

Step 3: Place the flax seed in a bowl ake the BB ball and roll to cover in the flax coating.

Step 4: Take large pretzel stick and cut to about 1 inch and place a small hole in the front of each ball with a drop of Betsy’s Best and place pretzel.

Step 5: Take the candy corn and wrap a small piece of the licorice over it. Place a drop of Betsy’s Best at the top of the pretzel facing the front and secure the candy corn and eyes.

Step 6: Place the smaller pretzels in the back of the ball to resemble the tail.

Step 7: Place the slivered almonds in the front of the small pretzels alternating the colors.

With our kid-friendly Oat and Almond Butter Ball Turkeys your Thanksgiving dessert will become a family tradition. Please share some pictures of your family making and eating tis healthy holiday treat. 
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Lemon Energy Balls Recipe with Coconut and Cardamom Cashew Butter

Lemon Energy Balls Recipe with Coconut and Cardamom Cashew Butter

Why is Betsy’s recipe for lemon energy balls a must try? Well, coconut, cardamom and lemon are three great superfoods 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, too! You’ll #TasteTheDifference!

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

2 T shredded coconut

Zest from 1 lemons

1/2 fresh lemon, juiced

1 T honey

Shredded coconut to garnish

Step By Step Lemon Energy Balls Recipe Directions:

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

Step 2: Roll into 6 balls and roll the balls in shredded coconut.

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

Yield: 6 energy balls.

Step 4: Enjoy your lemon energy balls.!

When it’s time to fuel up for long walks or bike rides grab Betsy’s lemon energy balls and go! The gourmet flavor will tantalize your taste buds will the all-natural superfood ingredients will keep you energized.  Healthy snacking has never tasted so good! Betsy knows it will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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Homemade Snacks For Kids

Homemade Snacks For Kids

As a mom I know how families are always on the go, and kids often have to juggle schedules much like our work schedules.  After school activities are becoming more involved with longer hours.  Keeping kids’ energy at an optimal level to keep them going all day long can be tough when they are digging at the bottom of a bag of chips.  Empty carbs with empty energy will lead to a child running out of fuel and hunting for more sugar and carb-loaded snacks.

Keeping kids interested in their health can be a daunting task, but being prepared and one step ahead of the game will keep your kids on top of their game!  Making snacks at home can be as convenient as what you may pick up at the store.   Also it makes eating fun and involves kids in not only the snack selection but the preparation process too.

Here are some quick tips for planning your crafty homemade snacks for kids on the go!

  1. Game Plan– Sit down with your child and come up with a snack list with which you both agree such as healthy fruit, veggie platter, smoothie, yogurt, etc. Then make a schedule for when the snack time comes into play.
  2. Make a Goal– Decide with your child when to prep the snacks together. At our house it happens every Sunday and we do it together as a team!
  3. Practice the Portion– Get those snack bags ready and prep and plan for the week ahead. We mark each of our bags for the day of the week that the snack is to be consumed.  This not only makes life easier but truly creates a “snack on the go” concept.
  4. Time Out– Don’t wear out their taste buds by lacking variety in their snacks. Variety is the key to keeping their interest in the food they eat.  Each month our family selects 4 new recipes to try, and we rotate them each week with some of our usual snacks.  It is fun to discover new recipes and keeps eating healthy fresh!

Lemon Coconut Energy Balls for Energized Kids

A favorite in our household, coconut lemon energy balls, are fun to make, easy to pack and keep the kids energized and full all day!  You can easily swap out ingredients for a whole new twist.  Try almonds, dried cherries and mini chocolate chips for a twist, or mix peanuts, oats, cinnamon and raisins to resemble an oatmeal cookie.  Make them big or small….don’t worry they will eat them all!

Energy Bar INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cups raw cashews  Betsy's Best Lemon Squares with Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup honey (use rice syrup for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Optional: shredded coconut and poppy seeds, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all the ingredients to your food processor and pulse until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate at least an hour until cold. Roll into 24 balls. Either sprinkle or roll the balls in shredded coconut or poppy seeds. Store in the fridge, covered, for up to 1 week.

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