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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6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter

6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter

Peanuts aren’t the only type of nut that can be made into mouth watering butter and used in a variety of delicious ways. Almond butter is becoming more and more popular thanks to the superfood status of almonds.  There are several ways you can make the most of this incredible nut butter.

Here are Betsy’s 6 Incredible Ways to Use Almond Butter (or Other Nut and Seed Butters)

1. Smoothies

A Vanilla Avocado Smoothie with Almond ButterSmoothies are delicious, yet they can lack healthy ingredients. Using almond butter in your smoothie recipes can keep them great tasting while providing healthy ingredients such as protein. Nut butter can also provide a variety of vitamins, probiotics and healthy fat.

You can create a fantastic smoothie using cinnamon almond butter. This particular combination of nut butter, fruits and veggies is both great tasting and full of healthy ingredients! Nut and seed butter is ideal for almost any smoothie recipe since they go well with both veggies and fruit.

2. Salad Dressings

Natural almond butter with chia seeds and Himalayan pink salt can be part of an incredible dressing for salads. Nut butter will keep your salad dressings creamy and thick, but can also add a bit of sweetness. This Spinach Apple Salad Recipemakes nut and seed butters especially great with Thai and other types of Asian salads.

According to Cooking Light, several types of nut butter can be used not only for salads, but as sauces for noodles, veggies and grain bowls. Nut butter can be used to make dressings that can be put on traditional lettuce salads, pasta salads or just for dipping raw vegetables.

3. Tasty Soups

Betsy's best pumpkin curry soup recipeCream soups are often loaded with unhealthy fats. Making soup with a variety of delicious nut butters can keep them creamy and mouth watering, but with healthier ingredients. Nut and seed butter can provide unique flavors that most traditional soups don’t offer.

Adding nut butter to chili is a way to make this classic soup richer and thicker. When making chili with almond butter you may even want to add a packet of almonds to the recipe to add some extra crunch.

4. Gourmet Sandwiches

Instead of sugary jams and jellies, try a PB&J with toasted nut butter and pomegranates. You can also trade in the traditional bread and make nut butter and egg sandwiches on an English muffin. Betsy's Best CardamomCashew Butter and Ginger Jelly Sandwich is delicious on whole wheat bread

You can even create a spicy quesadilla with tortilla shells, grilled chicken, your favorite veggies and choice of nut butter. When it comes to nut and seed butter, the sandwich possibilities are almost endless.

5. Healthy Granola Bars

Betsy's homemade pumpkin granola recipe features a gourmet cinnamon almond butterMost people love granola bars, but too often they aren’t very healthy. When making granola bars with almond butter it’s important to find a butter that’s all natural and low in sugar.

Almond, coconut, cashew and cinnamon are just a few of the options that can be used when making your own granola bars. Almond and Seed Protein Bars have a combination of incredibly delicious ingredients that are both savory and sweet.

6. Delicious Desserts

With nut and seed butter it’s possible to make desserts that are both delicious and healthy. Everyone loves cupcakes, especially kids. Gourmet almond butter is the perfect ingredient for your next batch of cupcakes. Hummingbird cupcakes are a kid-friendly almond butter snack

Nut butter ice cream is also currently a favorite. There are several recipes that include nut butter that don’t require churning. Everything from cookies and gooey bars to a variety of cakes and pies can be made with seed and nut butters.

These are just a few great ideas for ways to use almond butter and other nut and seed butters into your daily cooking routine. When looking for delicious nut butters, Betsy’s Best features five fantastic nut and seed butters. These incredible butters are low in sugar, gluten-free and all natural.

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Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

This simple, healthy and delicious chocolate hazelnut smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian. You’ll love its powerful boost of nutrition just as much as its great taste!

  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk substitute)
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ¼ cup whole hazelnuts, with or without skin, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Sunflower Seed Butter
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 3-4 dates, pitted
  • Pinch salt
  • 10 ice cubes

Combine ingredients through salt in blender. Blend until smooth. Adjust any ingredients to taste. Add ice cubes and blend until reaching milkshake-like texture. Non-GMO, Vegetarian

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie

With a cool blast of superfoods, our healthy banana berry smoothie is the perfect treat after a great workout. Loaded with the incredible nutrition of three berries plus chia seeds and Betsy’s Best, it’s exactly what your body needs to recover.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1 cup almond milk or milk alternative

½ frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp dried Acai berry powder

1 Tbsp Maqui berry powder

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp Cacao powder

5 drops liquid stevia (or 3 dates)

pinch of sea salt

Step By Step Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all smoothie ingredients into the blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Enjoy your superfood banana berry smoothie!!

Fun Fact: Monkey’s peel their bananas from the bottom.  Why? Because it keeps those strands from sticking to the banana.  Give it a try! You’ll be as smart as a monkey!

Cool down and enjoy our superfood healthy banana berry smoothie recipe. Please tell us how you liked it in the comments.  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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