Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Get fit in the fall season with Betsy’s pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls recipe.  Featuring almond flour, this gluten-free recipe will fuel your active day.  They make a great snack at work or an even better treat on a Fall leaf-peeping hike. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 c almond flour

1/2 c chopped pecans

1/3 c pumpkin puree

1/4 c coconut shreds, unsweetened

1/4 c white chocolate chips

3 Tbsp honey

2 T protein powder, plain or vanilla

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp sea salt

Step By Step PumpKin Spice Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe Directions:

Step 1In a bowl mix all ingredients. 

Step 2: With your hands form small balls and place on parchment paper and place in the fridge to set for up to 2 hrs. 

Step 3: Transfer to a storage container.  

Step 4: Enjoy your pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls!

Recipe Yield: 20 balls.

Let us know your favorite time to eat Betsy’s pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls.

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Teriyaki Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Teriyaki Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Not only are these vegetarian teriyaki portobello mushrooms burgers a beautiful dish but they are also delish!  The Asian flavors blend well with the meaty flavor of the mushroom and provides a perfect alternative to the high fat/high calorie hamburger.  Shave off the calories and boost the fiber and nutrition with this swap and feel good about sinking your teeth into this delicious veggie burger!

Mushroom Burger Ingredients:

 4 Portobello mushrooms

4 Whole grain hamburger buns

1 Avocado

Alfalfa sprouts

 

Marinade Ingredients

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

¼ cup tamari or soy sauce

1 T sesame oil

1 T honey

1 T rice vinegar

2 garlic cloves, minced

Step By Step Teriyaki Portobello Mushroom Burgers Recipe Directions:

(Reserve 2 T of marinade to mix with vegenaise for topping the burger)

Step 1: Wash your portobello mushroom caps and remove the stems. Place all of the teriyaki marinade ingredients into a mixing bowl. Whisk together until blended. Remove 2 T of marinade and mix in a small bowl with the mayo.  Set aside.

Step 2: Place mushrooms in a ziplock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms and allow to marinade from 30 min – 2 hrs. When ready to cook turn on your grill or grill pan on medium-high.  Place your mushroom caps on the grill with the gill side down.  Let them cook for about 4 minutes on the gill side down.  Then flip them and let them cook for another 4 minutes on the other side.  The mushroom caps are ready when the middle is tender enough for a fork to go through and the juices come out.  When mushrooms are ready, take off the grill and set aside to cool. When ready to eat place mushroom on bun and garnish with mayo, sliced avocado and sprouts.  

Step 3: Enjoy your teriyaki portobello mushroom burgers!!

Betsy loves gourmet food, but it has to be healthy, too!  Her teriyaki portobello mushroom burgers are the ideal combination of both. A flavorful marinade featuring Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter steals the show.  Please share your recipe making adventures in the comment area below or on social media.  #TasteTheDifference!

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Teriyaki Portobello Mushroom Burgers

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Almond Butter Protein Bars Recipe

Almond Butter Protein Bars Recipe

Sweet and savory hits the spot with Betsy’s delicious almond butter protein bars recipe.  The smoky flavor of paprika pairs well with sweet cinnamon featured in our gourmet almond butter for a taste you’re gonna love! Plus, by making your protein bars homemade you know they’ll be preservative free.

Protein Bar Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 1/2 cups almonds, unsalted

1/2 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup millet, puffed millet, sesame seeds, or a mix

1 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup brown rice syrup

1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

Step By Step Almond Butter Protein Bars Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment and coat the bottom and sides with cooking spray.

Step 2: Roughly chop the almonds so there are some small pieces, but also some almonds that are left whole. Combine the chopped almonds, pepitas, millet, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chia and hemp, and sea salt in a mixing bowl.  Stir and set aside

Step 3: Combine the brown rice syrup and Betsy’s Best in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to make it easy to pour. Stir in the liquid smoke. Pour the syrup over the nut and seed mixture and stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated and quite sticky.

Step 4: Place in the baking pan with a spatula. Gently press the nut mixture evenly into the pan with the back of a spatula. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

Step 5: Slice the bars but leave out to harden another 1-2 hrs or place in refrigerator to speed up the process. Wrap and store up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or freeze up to 3 months….if they last that long!

Step 6: Enjoy your almond butter protein bars

Now its time to go hiking or biking with your natural almond butter protein bars. Packed with superfood nutrition from almonds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds yo’ll be fueled like never before. 

Please let us know if you #TasteTheDifference?  Did you alter the recipe with some of your own great ideas? Where does this recipe fit on your list of best dessert martinis?

Did you know Betsy is a registered Dietitian? Read her blogs posts about the health benefits of natural almond butter.

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The Best Plant Based Protein Sources

The Best Plant Based Protein Sources

How do you get your protein?

Every vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and even those who eat low quantities of meat will inevitably run into this question. The most believed nutrition principle is that protein is the most important nutrient in your diet. Extra high meat diets, protein shakes, power-bars, amino acid stacks- the options are endless for people trying to get an abundant amount of protein in their meals.

Protein is definitely an important nutrition factor that we should focus on getting adequate amounts of to optimize our overall health. However, if you aren’t the type who relies on meat, fish, poultry, or traditional protein shakes and snacks but would rather get your protein from plants and whole-food sources, we are here to help!

This month we are going to focus on our favorite sources of plant-based protein!

From traditional vegetarian protein sources to some unique plants and algae, we shall offer you some great ideas on how to get precious protein into your diet.

Here are the Best Plant Based Protein Sources:

Beans! (Black Beans, Garbanzo, Soy/Edamame)

Most beans in general have a generous amount of protein in every serving. While garbanzo (also known as chickpeas) and black beans are the most versatile sources in vegetarian and vegan cooking, don’t sleep on Edamame (cooked soybeans). One cup of edamame packs a whopping 18 grams of protein. With all soy products, look for organic as much as possible!

Almonds, peanuts, tree-nuts

One of the greatest sources of dietary fat, peanuts and tree nuts are also tremendous sources of plant-based protein. Not only do different varieties of nuts have different flavors and culinary uses, they also have varying nutrient profiles. Making mixed nuts or mixed nut butters a part of your regular diet is a great way to get healthy fats, proteins and a variety of essential nutrients.

Check out our line of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at betsysbest.com.

Lentils

Possibly the most diversely used protein in vegetarian/vegan diets, lentils are a solid source of both protein and fiber. They can be used to make veggie burgers, hummus, side salads and as a rice replacer. Without an overwhelming natural flavor, lentils go nicely in most dishes and can easily boost your protein content

Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Seeds are a great source of protein and fat that can be easily incorporated into your diet. Sprinkling them onto a salad, cereal, yogurt or even your main dish, seeds can be added to any food to instantly improve the nutrition content and help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins already present in your food. Our favorite way to get chia seeds and sunflower seeds into our diets is by blending them into our favorite nut butter recipes!

Enjoy the health benefits of Chia and Sunflower Seeds in every bite of our Betsy’s Best Sunflower Seed Butter.

Spirulina + Chlorella

Although not widely used outside of health-focused circles, both Spirulina and Chlorella are amazing sources of protein to add to your diet. These algaes are mainly known for their antioxidant potential due to their high chlorophyll content. This is why they are so green. However the more we investigate algae, we find that they contain 60% available protein. By comparison, meat is usually only 30%. Even though you wouldn’t consume enough protein from algae alone (you would need about 2-3 cups of dried algae each day), they are an amazing addition to smoothies, cereals, juices, or anything else you want to add a kick of plant-powered protein, one tablespoon at a time!

Now that you know the best plant based protein sources you can work them into your healthy lifestyle.  If you are a vegetarian it is especially important to eat foods rich in plant protein.

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