Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

This simple, healthy and delicious chocolate hazelnut smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian. You’ll love its powerful boost of nutrition just as much as its great taste!

  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk substitute)
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ¼ cup whole hazelnuts, with or without skin, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Sunflower Seed Butter
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 3-4 dates, pitted
  • Pinch salt
  • 10 ice cubes

Combine ingredients through salt in blender. Blend until smooth. Adjust any ingredients to taste. Add ice cubes and blend until reaching milkshake-like texture. Non-GMO, Vegetarian

Simple Healthy Smoothies

Simple Healthy Smoothies

Simple healthy smoothies are an important part of Betsy’s day. Smoothies are a customizable food that you can easily add to a healthy diet any time of day. Many people get hooked on making smoothies the second they buy a new blender, but quickly get bored with the same recipes. Since smoothies are the easiest way to get greens like kale and spinach into your diet, or possibly your kids’ diets, it’s important to know how to build the perfect smoothie so you can make endless combinations and beat that boredom stage!

How to make simple healthy smoothies:

Step 1: Your Base (1-2 cups)

First, add a liquid base to your blender. Try water, coconut water and unsweetened regular milk or vanilla milk alternatives (almond milk, hemp milk, soy milk, flax milk, etc.)

Step 2: Natural Sweetness (1-2 cups)

Next, add in fresh or frozen fruits such as banana, berries or mango, and sweet vegetables like already cooked sweet potato, pumpkin or squash.

Step 3: Greens (1-2 cups)

This is your chance to sneak in the amazing nutritional benefits of greens without even detecting the taste! Kale, spinach, collards or sprouts are perfect for this step.

Step 4: Optional Flavorings (per taste preference)

For excellent flavor that will “spice” up your smoothie without added calories or fat, add in cinnamon or nutmeg, vanilla or lemon extract, or unsweetened cacao powder.

Step 5: Optional Healthy Fats (1-2 Tablespoons)

To turn that smoothie into a well-rounded meal replacer, add healthy whole fats such as Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Sunflower Seed Butter, avocado, chia seeds or hemp seeds.

Healthy smoothies are one of our favorite ways to incorporate Betsy’s Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters. The added protein, sweet cinnamon and honey in each serving of Betsy’s Best make every smoothie completely delish! Try our Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie for a creamy Nutella-flavored smoothie that tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy!

Buckwheat Granola Clusters

Buckwheat Granola Clusters

Gluten free goes glamorous with Betsy’s recipe for buckwheat granola clusters! Sprouted buckwheat adds more nutrition to this tasty snack while hemp and chia seeds add more protein and fiber. Fuel up and feel good with a granola blend that will keep you thin and satisfied. Trust Betsy! This is one deliciously healthy breakfast treat.

Granola Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1 cup buckwheat, soaked overnight, drained then sprouted

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsp. hemp seeds

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1/2 cup your favorite nut

1/2 cup your favorite dried fruit

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 tbsp. honey

1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) added after baking

Step By Step Buckwheat Granola Clusters Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and toss until coated.

Step 3: Use a parchment or wax paper over a cookie sheet and evenly spread the granola mixture.

Step 4: Bake for 10 min.

Step 5: Taking a spoon, toss the granola mixture to evenly bake.

Step 6: Return to oven and bake another 5 minutes. Be careful to not burn the mixture.

Step 7: Cool the mixture. Sprinkle chocolate chips over granola and store in an airtight container, or freeze if not consuming it within the week.

Step 8: Enjoy your buckwheat granola clusters!

Betsy’s Tip: Change it up and add some cocoa powder for a healthy chocolate flavored sprouted buckwheat granola indulgence.

Trust what you read from Betsy. She is a registered Dietitian and the 2015 Florida Young Mother of the Year.  She truly believes breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so long as it is designed to fuel your success.  Her recipe for buckwheat granola clusters fits the bill. Not only are these clusters loaded with superfood nutrients, they are also loaded with flavor thanks to Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Seed Butter.!

Read More Of Betsy's Tips and Recipes for Eating Healthy at Home

Pumpkin Chia Seed Smoothie

Pumpkin Chia Seed Smoothie

Fall in love with Betsy’s pumpkin chia seed smoothie. It features your favorite go-to harvest ingredients. Apples paired with cinnamon, roasted almonds, and delicious pumpkin sends Betsy’s smoothie to the top of her favorite list. It is sure to be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 C almond milk

3 T pumpkin

1/4 apple

1 T chia seeds

pinch sea salt

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt

Step By Step Pumpkin Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add ingredients into your blender

Step 2: Blend Until Smooth

Step 5: Enjoy your pumpkin chia seed smoothie!

Betsy’s Recipe Tip: Add a scoop of hemp seeds for an extra boost of protein and this pumpkin smoothie will keep you going all day long!

As a registered Dietitian Betsy knows chia seeds are an amazing superfood! That is why she adds them to as many of her recipes as possible.  Even when they aren’t an extra ingredient, these healthy seeds are in every jar of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters. So, whether its Betsy’s pumpkin chia seed smoothie recipe or any of her healthy recipes with nut butters, you will always get the health benefits of chia seeds mixed into flavorful dishes and drinks.!

Read Betsy’s blog posts about the health benefits of natural almond butter.