PB&J Gourmet Banana Bites

PB&J Gourmet Banana Bites

With these PB&J gourmet banana bites, you forgo the bread and use bananas instead!!!  A blissful bite of these PB&J creations will have you reaching for more!  They are great at breakfast, a grab and go as a snack, and if frozen a dessert!  There are so many ways to eat these gourmet bites!!!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 TBS Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 Banana

1 T Jam

Toothpicks

Step By Step PB&J Banana Bites Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Slice banana into 1/4 circles. 

Step 2: Add a dollop of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter to one slice and a dollop of your favorite jam to the other. 

Step 3: Add a toothpick to secure and either eat or freeze! 

Step 4: Enjoy!

Please tell about your experience making and eating Betsy’s PB&J banana bites.  Did you make them with your kids? What jam, jelly or preserve did you use?  Where do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches rank on your favorite foods list?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Quesadilla

Peanut Butter and Jelly Quesadilla

This peanut butter and jelly quesadilla recipe takes the classic PB&J to the next level. Healthy and gluten-free, it’s sure to be an instant hit at your kitchen table. The gourmet difference is Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter featuring Himalayan pink salt, organic honey and a delightful crunch from chia seeds.  You’ll #TasteTheDifference as you fall in love with this modern twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

2 6-inch tortillas (whole wheat or gluten free)

1 banana, sliced thin

1 Tbsp apricot jam

1 oz Manchego cheese, shredded

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

Cooking spray or oil

Step By Step PB&J Quesadilla Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat griddle or pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray or lightly drizzle with oil.

Step 2: Place half of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter on each tortilla and spread to the edges.

Step 3: Arrange banana slices on top of the peanut butter on one tortilla.

Step 4: Top with jam, spreading thinly to cover banana. Sprinkle cheese evenly over jam.

Step 5: Top with the second tortilla, peanut butter side down.

Step 6: Cook quesadilla until both sides are golden.

Step 7: Remove from pan and cut into 4 triangles.

Step 8: Enjoy the peanut butter and jelly quesadilla!

You’re going to love it when the kids devour this healthy peanut butter and jelly quesadilla and then beg you for more!

Healthy Snacks For Kids

Cashew Butter Lemon Coconut Energy Bites Recipe

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 snacks for your 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!

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! 

COCONUT LEMON ENERGY BALLS Recipe

  • 1½ cups raw cashews
  • 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.

 

Snacks That Satisfy

Finding healthy snack ideas that excite my family at home does not have to be a chore.  Tasty snacks can be healthy too, and just a little creativity in the kitchen is all it takes to make delicious, nutritious!  Try avoiding those packaged and processed snack packs.  Although they may seem convenient, they are usually nutritionally empty.  Try filling up on healthy, wholesome foods such as apples, celery, carrots or other produce.  Our family loves to dip everything in Betsy’s Best for fiber and a nutrient-rich snack that keeps us coming back! Check out our recipes section of the site for healthy snack ideas from the Betsy’s Best kitchen – like this Homemade Sprouted Buckwheat Granola

From my kitchen to yours, have a healthy day!

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.