Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake

Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake

Easter and carrot cake are synonymous at Betsy’s house, and as the founder of Betsy’s Best there is plenty of almond butter in the pantry.  This week Betsy put carrot cake and cinnamon almond butter together in this delicious Easter recipe. Trust Betsy! The addition of an amazing gourmet nut butter into just about any cake recipe makes it a super moist treat the whole family will love. #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Carrot Cake Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

1/4 cup agave nectar or honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cup carrots, shredded

1 cup pecans, chopped

Vanilla Creamcheese Icing:

1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp agave nectar

Carrot Cake Topping:

1/2 c shredded unsweetened coconut

4 drops liquid chlorella or green food coloring

Mini candy eggs for decorating

Step By Step Almond Butter Carrot Cake Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350F.

Step 2: Using an electric mixer, cream together the Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon, oil, coconut sugar, agave or honey, vanilla, and eggs.

Step 3: Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.

Step 4: Mix until everything is combined.

Step 5: Fold in the carrots and pecans.

Step 6: Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and spread the batter evenly across the bottom.

Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is browned.

Step 8: Remove from oven and allow the cake to cool in the pan.

Step 9: When the cake is room temperature, pull the parchment paper to transfer it to a cutting board.

Step 10: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the icing ingredients.

Step 11: Whip it on high until fluffy, about 1 minute.

Step 12: Spread the icing on top of the cake.  In a plastic bag add the shredded coconut and green coloring.  Close bag and mesh with your hands to distribute the color and sprinkle on top and add candy eggs to garnish.

Step 13: Chill in the fridge for an hour for the icing to set before slicing them.

Step 14: Enjoy your cinnamon almond butter carrot cake and Happy Easter!

Recipe inspiration from: The Toasted Pine Nut

After hunting for Easter eggs and enjoying your favorite Easter dinner recipes top it all off with a healthy and delicious cinnamon almond butter carrot cake.  It’s a great way to sneak in a few extra veggies adter a morning of enjoying candy from the Eater Bunny.

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A Natural and Healthy Touch of Added Sugar

A Natural and Healthy Touch of Added Sugar

Even a touch of added sugar has become a no-no in some restrictive diets.  A mention of the “S” word – S*U*G*A*A*R – can cause an uproar in the low-carb diet crowd!  Sugar quickly became the “it” word for a diet disaster just like fats, hydrogenated oils, salt, HFCS and GMO’s among many other foods.  People will also say sugar = death.  But, is consuming sugar a real nutrition concern?

An Apple a Day…

Sugar has been used in the diet since Adam took his first bite of an apple…that is a fructose sugar-based apple!  Sugar is simply a carbohydrate that the body digests and turns into energy or stores as energy in the liver or fat cells to be used later.  Yes, there are many forms of sugars, and the body has the ability to digest them all (except for sugar alcohol).  But is every type of sugar the same?  Are some healthier than others?  With this new concern for sugar, the focus has quickly turned to avoiding all types, even those composed of natural sugars like fruit and honey.

Should You Avoid All Sugars?

As a registered dietitian, I have seen fads come and go. Foods move from the good list to the bad list and then back to the good list again.  Remember the fat free craze in the 1990’s?  Now we are telling people to eat healthy fats and lots of them!  Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think we shall ever tell people to go crazy on sugar, but I also don’t think sugar should be shunned either.

Balance is always the key to a healthy diet.  It is about portion control, food integrity, quality and function.  It is also about enjoying the food you eat and savoring the flavor. It is about:

  • Getting back to nature, that is “natural foods,” and not lab foods or man-made chemically derived foods
  • Eating food that the body can process, digest and use as fuel
  • Macro nutrients and micro nutrients and the body’s fundamental need to survive.

The problem with eating habits in America is lack of balance. We go from unhealthy extremes such as consuming too much sugar or unrefined carbs, to cutting it out of our diets entirely. This can cause a ripple effect in one’s health. For example, weight going up and down. Complete avoidance of certain foods can cause cravings that are difficult to tame when food boredom sets in.

I honestly don’t believe one single nutrient can devastate the body.  There are so many outside factors that can cause disease and poor health even beyond the diet.  The body is still a medical mystery, and every day we learn more.   

Why Does Betsy’s Best Use Small Amounts of Three Different Sugars?

I am often asked why I add a small amount of three types of sugar to my gourmet nut and seed butters.  Demerara, honey and stevia are my sweeteners of choice. I simply say, “well, I’m a sweet girl!” All kidding aside, I am not scared of sugar in small amounts when it is high quality and balanced with other nutrients.  In fact if food has flavor it is more enjoyable, and I choose to enjoy my food while fueling with nutrients.  It is the best of both worlds and makes eating a healthier diet fun, interesting and sustainable.

Why not love your food?  I was very careful when making my choices of ingredients and wanted the best quality and a combination that would provide a great experience.

Organic Stevia Leaf Extract

Stevia is a non-sugar-based herb that mimics the sweet taste of sugar but without the insulin response that sugar causes.  Many people avoid stevia for the fear of the bitter aftertaste it can sometime provide.  I selected a high-quality stevia that removes the bitter stem for a smoother taste.

Demerara Sugar

Demerara sugar is the ingredient I get asked about the most.  Many people have never heard of Demerara, let alone know how to pronounce it! It is often used in Europe because it is one of the most natural sugars, similar to a terbanaro or sugar in the raw. However, Demerara is much more natural and purer than other sugars.

Demerara sugar is the first crystallization off of the sugar cane plant.  I like to compare it to Pink Himalayan Salt (also another ingredient I use) because it contains minerals and has not been stripped of nutrients. The large crystals that form with Demerara also help contribute to the light crunchy texture of my butters, along with the Pink Himalayan Salt and chia seeds.  When you bite down on them, you experience a burst of flavor and a unique experience.  Demerara sugar also has notes of caramel which give my nut and seed butters a wonderful flavor!

Organic Honey


Honey is a very natural source of sweetness and also contains antioxidants.  However, I chose not to sweeten my butters with only honey because it greatly changes the consistency and mouth feel.  It can make the butter very sticky and hard to use.  The small amount I use adds a great taste while not negatively affecting the texture.

I also choose to use organic honey that helps to protect bees and provides optimal nutrients to people. In order to be organic, the flowers that the bees get the nectar from have not been sprayed with chemicals. … As long as beekeepers’ control where the bees go, they’ll know that they’re getting honey from organic flowers.”

In three of my butters, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, Gourmet Seed Butter and Gourmet Peanut Butter, I purposely paired honey with cinnamon. Combining honey and cinnamon provides additional benefits when consumed together rather than if consumed separately.

How Much Added Sugar Does Betsy’s Best Have Per Serving?

My Gourmet Almond Butter has 2 grams of sugar on the low end, and my Gourmet Seed Butter has 4 grams of sugar on the high end.  My other butters (Gourmet Peanut Butter, Gourmet Cashew Cardamom Butter, and Gourmet Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter) contain 3 grams of sugar, and adding stevia allows me to accomplish that.  I also added chia seeds that have fiber, and combined with the nuts and seeds, contain healthy fats and protein that lowers the glycemic index and net carbohydrates.

Keep in mind that nuts and seeds themselves have at least 1 gram of natural sugar, so I am only adding an additional 2-3 grams of sugar per serving.

Flavor and Balance Are Important

So, I admit it, I am a sweet gal, but a mindful one too.  I want my food to be fun, interesting, playful and delicious….but most importantly, Nut-ritious!

I want people to be able to enjoy my gourmet nut and seed butters on a spoon or use them as a unique ingredient to enhance any recipe.

I want my butters to provide function and flavor, yet be balanced enough that you can enjoy them every day.

Let’s face it, if you have a sweet tooth, eliminating all sugar will leave you craving sugar.  Betsy’s Best is the perfect low-sugar sweet treat to help you sustainably reduce your daily sugar intake.

By all means, we should avoid foods that have excessive amounts of added sugar.  Heck, even some popular chocolate hazelnut spreads have close to 30g of added sugar. A lot of fat-free foods (dinosaurs from the “fat is bad” era) are loaded with too much sugar to make them taste better.  These are foods to be avoided. But, avoiding all sugar is generally not sustainable and causes people to avoid eating healthy foods such as bananas and apples.

While some people choose to eat a very restrictive, unbalanced diet that might eventually be proven to be unhealthy, I shall be sitting back, licking my spoon and enjoying every last bite of my Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters!

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Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

Betsy’s recipe for cinnamon almond butter banana bread is an instant classic.  This breakfast treat is gooey and loaded with scrumptious flavor.  Come on! How could anything with bananas and the best gourmet nut butter not be amazing? Trust Betsy! You are going to absolutely love her recipe.  

Bread Ingredients:

1/2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 1/2 c flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 egg or 2 egg whites

1 c mashed bananas

3/4 c sugar

1/4 c oil

Bread Topping

1/2 c oats

1/2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

2 T butter or coconut oil, softened

1 tsp cinnamon

Step By Step Almond Butter Banana Bread Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Stir to combine. 

Step 3: In a separate bowl mash bananas and add sugar, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, oil and eggs and stir to combine. 

Step 4: Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and gently stir until moistened careful to not over-stir. 

Step 5: Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and pour in mixture. 

Step 6: In a separate bowl add topping ingredients and stir until crumble forms. 

Step 7: Add bread topping to the top of the banana bread mixture and bake in the oven for 40 min or until knife comes out clean.

Step 8: Enjoy your cinnamon almond butter banana bread!

Slice your cinnamon almond butter banana bread and serve it up at your next brunch or family breakfast.  If their fans of banana bread they are bound to rave about your baking skills.

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

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Cardamom Chicken Marinade with Cashew Butter

Cardamom Chicken Marinade with Cashew Butter

Betsy’s cardamom chicken marinade is sure to add a bold and rich flavor to your grilled dinner.  Featuring Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter your taste buds will be amazed and happy with the fantastic flavor.  Even better, this marinade not only enhances flavor, but nutrition too. Cashews are a fantastic source for important healthy fats and nutrients. Give our cardamom marinade a try. We are sure you will be saying it was #LoveAtFirstTaste.

Marinade Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

2 Tbsp orange juice

1/8 tsp ground pepper

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

4 tbsp honey

Step By Step Cardamom Chicken Marinade Recipe Directions:

Step 1Mix all ingredients in a bowl until the cardamom cashew butter is dissolved. 

Step 2: Marinate chicken, steak or seafood for at least 2 hrs or overnight before cooking.

Step 3: Enjoy your cardamom marinade on grilled chicken or any other meat or veggie!!

Prepare your cardamom chicken marinade in advance and let your favorite meat settle into its rich flavors. Light up that grill and start cooking.  Your appetite will be satisfied and you will be happy with your new favorite way to cook chicken, steak or seafood.

Have you ever used nut butters in a meat marinade before?  Please let us know what you think in the comment area below.

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Black Bean Noodle Stir Fry

Black Bean Noodle Stir Fry

Black bean noodles are trending in the world of health conscious eaters, and why not?  They taste amazing and they are a great way to add more beans into your diet. Betsy, always spot on with her use of nut butters in recipes has now created a delicious black bean noodle stir fry recipe. The not so secret ingredient? Her Cinnamon Peanut Butter, of course.  Betsy uses the PB to make a tantalizing peanut sauce tha takes her recipe to the next level.

Sauce Ingredients:

2 TBS Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1/4 cup Tamari or soy sauce

1 Tbsp white wine or dry sherry

1 1/2 tsp of cornstarch or arrowroot

1 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

Black Bean Noodle Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 whole blocks of Lotus Foods Forbidden Black Rice Ramen Noodles

2 cups shredded green cabbage (4 oz)

1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (3 oz)

1/4 tsp salt

1 close garlic, minced

1/4 c cilantro, chopped

8 oz shrimp, cooked and chopped

1 Tbsp sesame oil

Step By Step Black Bean Noodle Stir-Fry Recipe Directions:

Step 1Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, place the soy sauce, wine or sherry, oil, cornstarch, sugar, honey Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the sauce to a medium bowl and set the rest of the sauce aside.

Step 2: Cut shrimp into small pieces. Place the shrimp in the medium bowl and toss to coat with the 2 Tbsp of sauce; set the marinated shrimp and the remaining sauce aside.

Step 3: Add the noodles to the 4 c boiling water and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high until shimmering. Add the cabbage, carrot, and garlic, season with 1/4 tsp salt, and cook until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate; set aside.

Step 4: When the noodles are ready, drain in a colander and run under cold water until cooled. Set aside to drain while you cook the shrimp.

Step 5: Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and add the shrimp to skilled and spread into a single layer. Sear undisturbed until the shrimp is golden-brown on each side, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir-fry until just cooked through, about 1 minute more.

Step 6: Add the noodles and reserved vegetables to the shrimp. Cook, tossing with tongs, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Whisk the sauce again to recombine and dissolve the cornstarch, then add to the pan. Toss until the sauce evenly coats the noodles and vegetables. Garnish with the cilantro if desired and serve.

Step 7: Enjoy your black bean noodle stir fry!

Grab your wok and get ready to roll! Betsy’s black bean noodle stir fry recipe will have you excited to be eating healthy versions of some Asian classics. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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