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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Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Get fit in the fall season with Betsy’s pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls recipe.  Featuring almond flour, this gluten-free recipe will fuel your active day.  They make a great snack at work or an even better treat on a Fall leaf-peeping hike. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 c almond flour

1/2 c chopped pecans

1/3 c pumpkin puree

1/4 c coconut shreds, unsweetened

1/4 c white chocolate chips

3 Tbsp honey

2 T protein powder, plain or vanilla

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp sea salt

Step By Step PumpKin Spice Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe Directions:

Step 1In a bowl mix all ingredients. 

Step 2: With your hands form small balls and place on parchment paper and place in the fridge to set for up to 2 hrs. 

Step 3: Transfer to a storage container.  

Step 4: Enjoy your pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls!

Recipe Yield: 20 balls.

Let us know your favorite time to eat Betsy’s pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls.

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Vanilla Avocado Smoothie – Non-Dairy & Gluten-Free

Vanilla Avocado Smoothie – Non-Dairy & Gluten-Free

This vanilla avocado smoothie recipe rocks the perfect balance of deliciousness and healthy. So creamy, you’ll think you’re enjoying a milkshake.

  • 1 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ½ Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Seed Butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 5 drops liquid Stevia (optional)

Combine all ingredients in Vitamix or blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness to taste with Stevia. Serve icy-cold!

Nutritional benefits all blended together in a delicious vanilla avocado smoothie recipe that will keep you full and healthy!

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Discover Why Superfood-Packed Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are What’s Hot at the Schaumburg, IL, -Chicago Area- Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

Visit Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at Booth #213 at the GFAF Expo in Schaumburg, IL, April 22-23, 2017.

Naples, FL (April 4, 2017) — If you haven’t tried Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt’s gourmet nut and seed butters, then you are in luck. You’ll have the opportunity to stop by and taste Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Cashew Butter, Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter and Peanut Butter at the upcoming Chicago-area Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo in Schaumburg, IL, April 22-23, 2017. 

The GFAF Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the U.S. The Chicago-area event, held at the Schaumburg Convention Center, opens to the public at 10:00 am each morning and features product sampling, educational classes and cooking exhibitions.

Betsy’s Best Offers the Finest “Free-From” Food

The “free-from” trend has been gaining steam in recent years as more and more Americans continue to be affected by food allergies, food intolerances and chronic diseases. The market is shifting toward greater food transparency as consumers are asking companies to explain what’s in their products, the rationale behind each ingredient and how products are made.

Rethinking classic seed and nut butters, Betsy’s Best® has added unique flavors and superfoods including cinnamon, chia seeds, and cardamom, has committed to Non-GMO Project Verified certification and keeping palm oil out – a controversial ingredient that appears in a number of other nut butter brands. 

“After years working as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, I know that it’s hard to find ‘free-from’ foods that tick all the boxes: health, taste, and convenience,” says Betsy Opyt, President, CEO and Founder of Betsy’s Best. “The Schaumburg GFAF Expo offers an amazing opportunity to show the Chicago area just how exciting nut and seed butters can be while still being nutritious, kid-friendly, and delicious,” she adds.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter was recognized in October 2016 as the first recipient of the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award in a blind taste test by an expert panel of Certified Master Tasters.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are available online at www.BetsysBest.com and in leading retailers including Kroger, Whole Foods Market (Florida), Bristol Farms, Ingles Markets, Vons, Ralph’s, Lowe’s, City Market, King Sooper, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Wegman’s and other natural, organic and specialty food stores; and through distributors including UNFI, KeHE, Haddon House, Gourmet Merchants and others. The company has expanded from 58 stores at the beginning of 2016 to over 2,100 stores in 39 states today. For wholesale inquiries contact info@BetsysBest.com, tel888.685.8292. 

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Next Stop: Atlanta! Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters Founder and Dietitian Betsy Opyt Featured as a Speaker at the Atlanta Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, May 20-21

Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo in Atlanta Georgia

Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt will present on Nutrient Dense & Gluten Free Foods at the GFAF Expo in Atlanta, GA, May 20-21, 2017. Betsy is Founder and CEO of Naples, FL-based Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters.

Naples, FL (May 4, 2017) — Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt is on a mission to engage the Atlanta community in just how delicious, versatile and nutritious nut and seed butters and gluten free foods can be. She’ll be showcasing her all-natural, Non-GMO Project Verified, Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at the Atlanta Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo, held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, May 20-21, 2017.

Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet Betsy and taste her award-winning Gourmet Almond Butter and other delicious flavors including Gourmet Cashew Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter. GFAF participants also can learn about healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes that take nut and seed butters above-and-beyond your typical spreads, appealing to both kids and adults.

The Atlanta event opens to the public at 10:00 am each morning and features product sampling, educational classes and cooking exhibitions. Visit Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at Booth #112 at the GFAF Expo in Atlanta, GA, May 20-21, 2017.

Betsy’s Presentation, “Nutrient Dense & Gluten Free Foods,” will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The talk will provide tips on how to optimize a gluten free diet with functional foods.

“Our Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters were created with gluten free, health-conscious consumers in mind,” says Betsy Opyt. “I know how difficult it can be for people with food sensitivities to find delicious and nutritious products that also meet our everyday, on-the-go lifestyles,” she adds.

In addition to interacting with the Atlanta gluten free community at the GFAF Expo, Betsy will be visiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank to donate 20 cases of her Gourmet Peanut Butter – peanut butter is a much needed product – and to raise awareness of the food bank’s work in serving food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers throughout 29 counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. “Food banks are critical resources for low income and food insecure families, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes over 60 million meals each year to more than 750,000 people. We are humbled and honored to help,” said Opyt.

Gluten Free … and Gourmet

The “free-from” trend has been gaining steam in recent years as more and more Americans continue to be affected by food allergies, food intolerances and chronic diseases. The market is shifting toward greater food transparency as consumers are asking companies to explain what’s in their products, the rationale behind each ingredient and how products are made.

Rethinking classic seed and nut butters, Betsy’s Best® has added unique flavors and superfoods including cinnamon or cardamom, chia seeds, Himalayan pink salt and organic honey. All Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter products are Non-GMO Project Verified and made without palm oil – a controversial ingredient that appears in a number of other nut butter brands.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter was recognized in October 2016 as the first recipient of the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award in a blind taste test by an expert panel of Certified Master Tasters.

To help customers and fans get the most out of their beloved spreads, Betsy Opyt herself has hand-crafted over 60 recipes that are available online at www.BetsysBest.com, on YouTube and featured on Carolina Kitchen on WLOS TV, an ABC TV affiliate.

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