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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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls

Betsy’s chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough balls are a great way to end your day. Chocolate and cookie is the perfect match for a sweet treat! Mixed with the great taste of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butters makes a cookie irresistible! The best part is you don’t have to wait for the baking process. These raw cookie dough bites are the best.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

¼ cup rolled oats

¼ cup oat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)

¼ tsp kosher salt

1 Tbsp natural cane sugar

½ tsp pure vanilla extract

3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey)

¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Step By Step Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls Recipe Directions:

Step 1In a food processor, process Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter and oats until reaching fine crumble.

Step 2: Add flour, salt and sugar, and process for a few more seconds.

Step 3: Pour in maple syrup and vanilla, and process until combined.

Step 4: Dough should be sticky. Stir in chocolate chips by hand, or use processor.

Step 5: Form dough into balls.

Step 6: Store in the fridge or freezer.

Step 7: Enjoy your chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough balls!!

Swap out dark chocolate for white chips and add cranraisins for another wonderful twist on Betsy’s tasty chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough balls recipe! Please let us know, was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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Healthy Weekday Breakfast Ideas to Improve Your Routine

Healthy Weekday Breakfast Ideas to Improve Your Routine

Are you looking for healthy weekday breakfast ideas? People often say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet breakfast can be one of the meals we spend the least amount of time to really enjoy, especially on a weekday! We are always on the move and on our way out the door. Sadly, some of us even skip breakfast just so we can get to work on time or catch a few more minutes of sleep.

For those of us who do eat breakfast, we don’t usually get too creative with our breakfast options. Cereal, Milk, Orange Juice or a piece of fruit is often the standard that repeats throughout the week. It’s hard to wake up and be excited for the day, especially for the kids, without a healthy and exciting breakfast!

At Betsy’s Best, we believe breakfast should be a priority. We also know that time is short during the morning workweek, so we need healthy breakfasts that are quick and easy to make. Breakfast should be just as enjoyable and delicious as any other meal! No more morning bagel, doughnut or toaster pastry on your way out the door. Goodbye “bland;” hello “grand!”

Try out these fresh ways to switch up your breakfast routine to give your morning rise and shine a little extra boost of creative flavor to brighten your day!

Some Healthy Weekday Breakfast Ideas

Protein Packed Nut/Seed Butter Muffins (made in advance, take on the go)

Hummingbird Cupcakes Recipe with Cinnamon Almond Butter is a kid-friendly baking recipeWho doesn’t love the decadent texture of a Morning Muffin? You can use our Hummingbird Almond Butter Cupcakes for protein packed morning muffins.  Bake these ahead of time to have ready in the morning.  The kids sure love these on their way to school to keep them full and fueled with a healthy breakfast on the go! Also, if you like muffins, feel free to try the delicious recipe for Protein Banana Muffins from Nutrition in the Kitchen. Use your favorite Betsy’s Best in the recipe when it calls for Nut or Seed Butter.

Groovy Smoothie on the Go!

One of my favorite things to make for breakfast to start my day is a coffee lover’s go to breakfast smoothie: Caramel Macchiato Smoothie with Almond Butter with an added teaspoon of Cocoa Powder for a little chocolate flare and added fiber!

Overnight Oats with Betsy’s Best

If you haven’t tried Overnight Oats yet, I highly suggest them for a great way to try something new for breakfast. You can add any and all of your favorite ingredients and flavors in a glass jar stored overnight in the refrigerator for a swift and superb breakfast you can enjoy as soon as you wake up or take with you to work. Some have enjoyed combining their favorites from our Yogurt Recipe & our Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Breakfast Family Time Together 

For those of us with more time in our morning routines, (thank goodness for weekends), there’s nothing better than a healthy breakfast with the family in the morning. At Betsy’s Best, we absolutely LOVE whipping together some Crepes (as a team effort to have a little more fun) with Granola to give an extra crunch and sweet berries for the family to share in love and laughter as a beautiful start to our mornings. Check out all of our healthy breakfast recipes.

In need of a fresh perspective or fresh take on life? Try some of these fast, fresh, fancy recipes to mix things up and create flavorful breakfast options you may never have considered before for your breakfast routine! It is nice to try something new and exciting, and think outside the box sometimes; just like Betsy’s Best, not your typical nut or seed butter, but something completely new, fresh, delicious and healthy! We hope you put these healthy weekday breakfast ideas to great use with your family!

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The Perfect Pair For Food Synergy

The Perfect Pair For Food Synergy

Everything in life has its balance. Just like in yoga, the word “hatha” means the balance of the sun and the moon. When it comes to balancing your plate, the word “food synergy” refers to the compliment of nutrients in different foods that work synergistically together to produce better health results. Why not eat combined foods in a way that will give you more “bang for your buck.” These foods will not only give you better nutritional results, but will help with digestion, keep you feeling fuller, and give you more energy because of the ease of digestion.  Find  your perfect pair below and learn how to balance your plate with foods that fuel!

Oatmeal & Apples 

Take a lickin’ and keep the ticker tickin’- Heart Healthier Duo: Apples are a powerhouse of nutrients, and never peel the skin of the apple because there are five times the amount of polyphenols in the skin than the flesh of the apple. Oatmeal also packs a powerful punch with the beta-glucan, a soluble fiber, which attaches to cholesterol in the gut and helps escort it out of the body. Add a dollop of your favorite Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter to boost the protein and healthy fat and you will create the perfect combination to keep you full and satisfied for hours to come.

Protein & Sweet Potatoes 

Immune boosting, infection fighting warriors: It is hard to find a vegetable that is as sweet tasting and healthy as the sweet potato. This powerhouse has not only beta carotene, but vitamin A. However, without zinc, which is found in protein foods such as seafood, poultry, pork, and beef, and nuts, the vitamin A will have a hard time metabolizing and absorbing throughout the body. So pair your sweet potato with a dollop of Betsy’s Best Almond Butter or whip 2 T in your next sweet potato casserole for a dynamic duo that will increase nutrient absorption.

Yogurt & Chia Seeds

Digestive fighting dynamic duo: Yogurt, a probiotic, lays the groundwork for good digestive fighting bacteria that are housed in your gut. They help balance the good and bad bacteria to keep you regular. However, these little bugs need to eat too, and they feed on prebiotics, specialized fibers found in foods like chia and flaxseed. If you eat the right balance of the pre and probiotics, you will create an environment in your gut that will restore the health in your belly and keep things moving, in a healthy way!  Good thing Betsy’s Best products are loaded with chia seeds so swirl a scoop of your favorite Betsy’s Best into your yogurt for a sweet and probiotic balanced treat!

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Betsy’s No-Cook, Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

Betsy’s No-Cook, Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

Betsy’s no-cook, overnight refrigerated oatmeal recipe will make your mornings easier to manage. By preparing breakfast the night before you’ll be set to go! It takes just a few minutes to fill your jar and pop it into the refrigerator. In the morning, just grab it and go! If you have a few minutes to relax (Ha! Ha!), you can pour it into a bowl. Either way, it will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1⁄3 cup almond milk (or other milk/non-milk substitute)

¼ cup Greek yogurt

1 ½ tsp dried chia seeds

1 Tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp honey (or 4 drops liquid Stevia) (optional)

¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked (or gluten-free oats)

¼ cup ripe banana, diced

Step By Step No-Cook, Overnight Refrigerated Oatmeal Recipe Directions:

Step 1In a half pint (16 oz.) jar or clean Betsy’s Best jar, add milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Seed Butter and honey.

Step 2: Stir ingredients.

Step 3: Add oats.

Step 4: Put lid on jar and shake until combined.

Step 5: Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout.

Step 6: Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. 

Step 7: Stir in your favorite mixing, dried or fresh fruit, or other nuts and seeds for a different blend for your breakfast treat.

Step 8: Eat your no-cook, overnight refrigerated oatmeal chilled. Enjoy!

Since breakfast truly is the most important part of the day, you need to eliminate excuses for skipping it.  Now Betsy has you covered.  Add her non-cook, overnight refrigerated oatmeal recipe to your weekly breakfast list. We bet you’ll notice your daily energy and productivity improves as you fuel your body and mind each morning.

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