Pina Colada Sandwich – A Twist on the Classic PB&J

Pina Colada Sandwich – A Twist on the Classic PB&J

With Betsy’s pina colada sandwich, your peanut butter and jelly expectations will soar.  Featuring her Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, banana, pineapple and pineapple jelly every bite will send your taste buds on a tropical vacation.  Betsy is confident this gourmet lunch will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!!!!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

2 slices wheat bread

2 Tbsp Pineapple jelly

Fresh pineapple, chunks

Fresh banana, sliced

Toasted coconut pieces

Step By Step Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter to one slice of bread and add the jelly to the second slice. 

Step 2: Add banana and pineapple and garnish with the toasted coconut. 

Step 3: Place the two slices together

Step 4: Enjoy every bite of your pina colada sandwich!

What do you think of this twist on the classic PB&J?  After you make your pina colada sandwich please share your thoughts in the comment area below!

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10 Recipes to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

10 Recipes to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

A homemade brunch is a delightful way to treat the mom in your life this Mother’s Day. As the most leisurely of meals, a shared brunch is the perfect way to spend time together while enjoying delicious foods, whether sweet or savory, light and healthy or perhaps a little bit decadent. This Mother’s Day, skip the crowded (and already fully booked) restaurants and instead prepare some tasty brunch dishes yourself. Whether it’s a lavish feast for the whole family or an intimate treat just for you and Mom, the following recipes are all ideal options.

1. Breakfast Crepes with Cardamom Cashew Butter Filling

Spread homemade crepes with a layer each of Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter and apricot preserves, roll them up and you have an elegant brunch treat Mom will love. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy French provenance of crepes – they’re just a very simple batter of flour, milk and eggs sweetened with a little sugar. Swirl a spoonful of batter around a hot nonstick skillet, flip it as soon as the first side is golden brown, and repeat. To make your Mother’s Day morning even easier, you can prepare Breakfast Crepes with Cardamom Cashew Butter Filling in advance and serve them cold or at room temperature. For a special touch, sprinkle the rolled-up crepes with a little powdered sugar and add some fresh berries on the side before serving.

2. Coconut Tapioca Pudding With Cashew Butter

With its tropical flavors and creamy, dessert-like texture, Betsy’s Coconut Tapioca Pudding With Cashew Butter will be a real treat to serve at your Mother’s Day brunch. Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter plus coconut milk and a touch of vanilla transform humble tapioca pearls into a rich, thick pudding exuding exotic flavor. Betsy’s cashew butter adds a decent dose of plant-based protein, making this dish much healthier and more substantial than a traditional tapioca pudding. Serve it in glass vessels to show off the nutty, pearly texture, perhaps Mason jars if you’re going for a rustic vibe or wine glasses for a fancier look. Top the pudding with fresh berries and a sprig of mint.

3. Betsy’s Best Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is the quintessential brunch dish, and this version elevates the classic version by adding a swipe of Cardamom Cashew Butter and a fried egg. For an even better Betsy’s Best Avocado Toast – the best of the best if you will – use thick slices from a loaf of rustic whole-grain bread fresh from a bakery. Make sure you find an avocado at its peak of ripeness, cook Mom’s egg to order, and sprinkle the arrangement liberally with Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper. You might even customize this dish further with a few slices of thick-cut bacon or turkey bacon.

4. Pink Pitaya Smoothie

For a truly memorable Mother’s Day brunch, even the drinks need to be a bit special. In addition to some great coffee, teas and perhaps a mimosa or two, we suggest the Pink Pitaya Smoothie, which along with being delicious is packed with nutritious goodness. Among its amazing ingredients are Greek yogurt, chia seeds, almond milk and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter. The unexpected star of this smoothie is pitaya, a.k.a. dragon fruit, which gives the drink its incredible bright pink hue. Its tropical flavor is delightful and somewhat similar to kiwi or pear, and pitaya also boasts a hefty dose of fiber. Use fresh pitaya if you can find it; otherwise frozen cubes work just as well.

5. Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping

What could be better for brunch than a yummy recipe combining a classic breakfast dish (oatmeal) with a favorite dessert (gingerbread)? Betsy’s Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping showcases wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, applesauce and almond butter, making it a sweet treat that also packs in some valuable nutrients. A host of spices, namely nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, give this baked oatmeal a warming flavor and an aroma that will waft though the house as it cooks. Serve the baked oatmeal warm or at room temperature for the best texture.

6. Betsy’s Best Mixed Berry Waffle

Betsy’s Best Mixed Berry Waffle puts a contemporary spin on a brunch classic, using a gluten-free flour mix to make sure Mom or any guests who don’t eat gluten can indulge as well. Sour cream and buttermilk lend these waffles a wonderful tang, while cinnamon peanut butter whipped into the mix makes them hearty, flavorful and rich with plant-based protein. Stack these waffles high with a mixture of fresh berries for a picture-perfect brunch dish, and offer some warm maple syrup on the side. Note: If you’re preparing waffles for a crowd and don’t want to play short-order cook, prepare a whole batch just before it’s time to eat and keep them warm in a low oven.

7. Crab Cakes With Lemon Cardamom Cashew Butter Aioli

No brunch spread is complete without a few savory items, and these Crab Cakes With Lemon Cardamom Cashew Butter Aioli definitely fit the bill. The crab cakes follow a traditional recipe, seasoned with Old Bay, parsley, dijon and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, while the aioli includes bright notes of lemon, ginger and a touch of cardamom from the gourmet cashew butter. Prepare appetizer-sized crab cakes to serve on a bed of arugula with aioli on the side, or larger ones to transform into an awesome Benedict. Simply set the crab cakes on toasted English muffins and top them with poached eggs and the aioli. Fresh tomato or avocado slices are nice additions too. If you prefer it, you can prepare the crab cakes the night before Mother’s Day, keep them in the fridge and cook them in the morning.

8. Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl

This recipe appeals to the clean-eating moms out there – the moms who insisted you eat your greens until you actually learned to love them. Now it’s your turn! Thank her for teaching you the foundations for healthy eating with a Mother’s Day brunch that features this Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl. It’s a delightful blend of healthy “super-food” ingredients, among them frozen banana, avocado, chia seeds, kale and toasted coconut cashew butter. You can adjust the consistency to your liking by adding almond milk, and serve it in small or large bowls or glasses. A high-powered blender is best for getting a super-smooth texture here, but you could also use a food processor or stick blender.

9. Smoked Salmon Wrap

Any dish showcasing smoked salmon always seems special, which makes this Smoked Salmon Wrap a choice recipe for your Mother’s Day brunch. Betsy uses gluten-free coconut nori wraps for this sushi-inspired treat, but regular nori sheets work too. Spread the wraps with a mixture of cardamom cashew butter and cream cheese with dill and chives, layer slices of smoked salmon inside and roll them up before slicing. This technique reveals a pretty spiral of pink salmon and herb-flecked spread inside all the slices, which you can arrange artfully on a platter for Mom to admire before she eats them. Consider a sprinkle of black sesame seeds as a fancy finishing touch.

10. Almond Butter, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

If you’re seeking a brunch recipe that’s easy to prepare but looks impressive, as well as being delicious and healthy, look no further than Betsy’s Almond Butter, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. It’s less a recipe than a simple set of instructions to layer a series of quality ingredients in a pretty glass vessel of your choice. Start with Greek yogurt, whether vanilla or plain, followed by Mom’s favorite jam and some fresh berries. Next add a layer of Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter and finally a generous scoop of granola. You can prepare these parfaits (minus the granola) the night before brunch if you want to save time in the morning.

Ready to Prepare the Best Mother’s Day Brunch?

We’re sure your mom will love any of these 10 great recipes just as much as she enjoys spending time with you on Mother’s Day. Choose one or more that you know will suit her tastes, and prepare it with confidence that the ingredients are healthy, wholesome and above all, delicious. It’s sure to be #Loveatfirsttaste.

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Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

Nachos are one of America’s favorite snacks; but, are they really that good for you? Now with Betsy’s recipe for peanut butter apple nachos you can eat a great tasting snack loaded with superfood nutrition. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Nachos Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 apple

1 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds

2 Tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Blackberries and mint as garnish (optional)

Step By Step Apple Nachos Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Thinly slice apples and arrange on a plate. 

Step 2: Take a small bowl and mix the coconut oil and Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter with Cinnamon until incorporated. 

Step 3: Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and cacao nibs over apples and drizzle with Betsy’s Best. 

Step 4: You can add the blueberries and mint as a garnish!

Invite over some friends and turn your next event into the tastiest and healthiest party ever.  These peanut butter apple nachos are going to be a hit!

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Betsy’s Healthy Fruit Pizza with Peanut Butter

Betsy’s Healthy Fruit Pizza with Peanut Butter

Betsy’s healthy fruit pizza recipe is a fun way to enjoy all the incredible health benefits of fruit.  Featuring a watermelon crust and topped with all of your favorite fruits this is one snack you can indulge with guilt-free abandon. And by the way, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter adds a whole other taste dimension.  Trust Betsy! This fruit pizza will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 TBS Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

Watermelon, whole

Blueberries

Raspberries

Starfruit

Orange

Mint

Coconut shreds

Cacao nibs

1/2 tsp Coconut Oil

Step By Step Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipe Directions:

Step 1Slice the watermelon 1 in thick horizontal so you have a circle piece like a pizza. 

Step 2: Slice like a pizza in 8 slices and start arranging the fruit, mint, cacao nibs and coconut on top. 

Step 3: Mix Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cinnamon Peanut Butter and coconut oil in a small bowl until it is a thin consistency.  Drizzle on top and serve.

Step 4: Enjoy your healthy fruit pizza!

Betsy specializes in healthy snack recipes that are loaded with flavor.  Her healthy fruit recipe is no exception.  Make yours today and enjoy guilt-free yumminess!

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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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