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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Easy Eggless Eggnog with Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

Easy Eggless Eggnog with Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

Betsy put a whole new twist on a holiday favorite!  Her easy eggless eggnog recipe is just as thick and delicious as the original recipe!  Swap the egg for plant protein with our Betsy’s Best cashew butters!   The toasted coconut flavors pair nicely with the chai spice!  Give it a blend and see how your holidays just got a little merrier! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Eggnog Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

1 c canned coconut milk, full fat or light

1/2 c almond or cashew milk (or coconut milk if you are wanting a thicker nog)

2-4 dates

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp Bourbon maple syrup by Crown Maple Syrup (or use regular maple syrup and add 1 T  bourbon)

1/2 tsp chai spice (recipe here)

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter (does contain honey, if avoiding honey use 2 T of the coconut cashew instead)

Step By Step Easy Eggless Eggnog Recipe Directions:

Step 1Add all ingredients to a blender

Step 2: Blend until smooth.  

Step 3: Enjoy your easy eggless eggnog!

Recipe Yield: Two servings.

Please note: Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter contains a drop of organic honey. If you are looking for an equally delicious vegan honey-free vegan eggnog you can substitute in Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter. It is a honey-free and a bit more savory.

Now that you have tried Betsy’s easy eggless eggnog recipe please let us know what you think.  Did you try it with our Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter or did you go honey-free with the Cardamom Cashew Butter? Either way, they are both low in sugar and high in flavor!

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Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping

Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping

Funding delicious yet healthy Holiday desserts can be a real challenge.  Betsy, our in house registered Dietitian is also a gourmet foodie.  Her baked oatmeal with gingerbread cinnamon almond butter topping is a dessert you can enjoy guilt free.

Oatmeal Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1/2 c rolled oats

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

sweetener, such as 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or pinch stevia

1/4 cup applesauce (or pumpkin or mashed banana)

1/4 cup milk of choice, creamer, juice, or water

heaping 1/16th tsp pink salt

Gingerbread Topping:

3 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter

3/4 tsp molasses

Dash nutmeg

Dash ginger

Step By Step Baked Oatmeal & Gingerbread Topping Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2: Combine raw oats, spices, applesauce, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, salt, and liquid.

Step 3: Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins).

Step 4: Cook for 15-20 minutes, or more until it’s firm.

Step 5: Meanwhile mix all of the gingerbread toppings in a bowl and stir to combine and set aside.

Step 6: When the baked oatmeal is finished cooking set your oven to “high broil” and coat the top of the oatmeal with the gingerbread topping and cook for 1-2 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust).

Step 7: Remove from oven and garnish with a gingersnap cookie and cool whip.

Step 8: Enjoy your baked oatmeal with gingerbread almond butter topping!

Optional topping: gingersnap cookie, cool whip, additional almond butter

After you make Betsy’s baked oatmeal with gingerbread almond butter topping please let us know where it stands on your list of favorite Holiday desserts.  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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Betsy’s Best Offers Unique Nut Butter Gift Packs in Time For The Holiday Season

Betsy’s Best Offers Unique Nut Butter Gift Packs in Time For The Holiday Season

Betsy’s Best is now offering two nut butter gift packs for the Holiday season.  The variety 5-pack gift box features every Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter, while the two-jar gift tube includes the best selling Cinnamon Almond Butter and Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter.  Both gift sets also include unique and tasty recipes.

Naples, FL — Holiday shopping for the perfect gift for family and friends just got a lot easier.  Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters is pleased to announce gift packs featuring their delicious and all-natural spreads are now available on Amazon Prime.

Betsy's Best 5-Jat gift box of gourmet nut and seed butters makes the perfect Holiday, birthday, or anniversary present.Betsy’s Best is offering two unique and convenient holiday gift options.  The 5-jar nut butter gift pack features all of the Betsy’s Best gourmet nut and seed butters in an attractive gift box. The two-jar gift tube is ideal as a gift for co-workers, teachers and friends or as a stocking stuffer and includes their two best selling butters – Cinnamon Almond Butter and Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter. The nut butter gift packs also contain holiday recipes that both kids and adults alike will fall for.  Hand-crafted by founder and CEO Betsy Opyt, her recipes will provide inspiration on how to create simple-to-prepare healthy meals and treats that feature Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters.

“I always love to give the gift of good health during the holiday season”, says Betsy.  “I’ve been giving my gourmet nut and seed butters as gifts for a long time now.  They are low in sugar, non-GMO, preservative free and packed with superfood ingredients that are as tasty as they are good for you. This year, we’ve created a special and easy way for everyone to give the gift of good health with our new Betsy’s Best seed and nut butter gift packs.”

Available while supplies last, the gift sets have been introduced just in time for the winter holiday season. Food gifting has become an increasingly popular gift option over the past decade.   Market research firm Packaged Facts reported food gift sales in the US will approach $20 billion in 2018, with more than half of purchases occurring for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

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Fall into Fabulous With Betsy’s Fall Fitness Tips

Fall into Fabulous With Betsy’s Fall Fitness Tips

As Summer becomes a distant memory and Autumn moves into full swing, it is time to research some Fall fitness tips.. The cooler weather brings more cravings for those cozy treats as our bodies prepare for hibernation. Watch out for the fall slow down. Keep your energy and immunity boosted by reducing inflammation. Lastly, don’t indulging in the foods that drag you down.

Regain your motivation to take charge of your health through the crisp months ahead. Make a goal sheet for how you will handle the fall season and, instead of falling behind on your health goals, fall into fabulous by staying fit!

Each month, I try to provide you with information that is not only helpful, but motivational. These are all easy steps that will lead you in the right direction. Sometimes life is not all about the destination. It is about the journey. This is where character, drive, and motivation are built. That experience is what will rebuild you into a stronger, more resilient person.

Health is something that is not given to you. Sure, we are all born healthy, for the most part. It is our lifestyles that wear us down. It is the good choices we make that will rebuild our health or maintain it. With that in mind, here are a few simple suggestions that should be easy to incorporate into your life:

Betsy’s 3 Best Healthy Lifestyle Suggestions for the Fall

Get outside and enjoy the Fall weather:

  • Visit a nearby park with great hiking tails.
  • Start training for a Turkey Trot 5K or 10K.
  • Go on leaf-peeping walks,

Eat the delicious healthy foods offered by the Autumn harvest:

Set attainable fitness goals to reach by Thanksgiving:

  • Lose 10 pounds over the next two months
  • Add 4 pounds of muscle by Turkey day
  • Walk 10,000 steps a day

If you fail to plan, then you have planned to fail. Don’t let another month go by where you don’t make a change that you can keep. Make a goal sheet for how you will handle the fall season. Instead of falling behind on your health goals, fall into fabulous by staying fit!

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