Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Hey y’all! We are BACK with another recipe!! And this time it’s for donuts…of course💁🏼

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And let me tell you – this is easily one of my favorites. It’s so perfect for fall with cozy flavors like pumpkin pie spice and rich coffee, but it’s also packed with good-for-you ingredients like collagen, protein, fiber-rich pumpkin, and coconut butter for healthy fats! So even though they’re a treat (with a touch of caffeine!), you definitely don’t have to feel any guilt whatsoever if you eat a few😊

The recipe here is adapted from this one and you’ll see that I used Ancient Nutrition’s Cold Brew Coffee Multi-Collagen Protein powder. You’re more than welcome to use any collagen or protein you choose if you don’t have this on hand – just know it may change the flavor just a touch!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And one more thing! These donuts can be kind of crumbly when you first take them out of the donut pan so 1) be sure to spray that coconut oil or ghee or whatever you’re using before each batch, and 2) let them cool for about 5-10 minutes before removing them from the pan. Gently take a spoon to insert around the edges, then lift up slowly.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Latté Donuts

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 2/3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour

1/3 cup Ancient Nutrition Cold Brew Collagen Protein (or more flour)

1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener (or brown sugar)

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup cashew or almond milk

1/4 cup ghee or butter (soft, but not melted)

2 tbsp espresso (optional)

Pumpkin Frosting

equal parts coconut butter and pumpkin purée

(I did about 4 tbsp each for 1/3 of the donuts)

1. For the donuts: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a donut pan with ghee or coconut oil (a spray works easiest for this!).

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, collagen powder if using, sweetener/sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. 

3. Add in pumpin purée, eggs, milk and ghee and stir to mix completely until batter is thick.

4. Using a spoon or piping bag, fill the donut trays almost to the top (about 3/4 of the way). 

5. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out dry. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before gently pressing a spoon around the edges of each mold, and lifting up slowly.

6. For the frosting: Melt the coconut butter in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments until soft. Stir in the pumpkin purée until completely combined. Spoon onto donuts and press down firmly to coat. *Frosting will be pretty thick and maybe even hard to handle! Coconut butter softens with touch, so I used my fingers to press it down onto the donuts.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Have a great rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

#AutumnReboot: 5 Healthy Habits I’m Forming This Fall

Hi and Happy Sunday!!

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Can I just tell you something? I literally meant to post this weeks ago, but time literally jus slipped away from me. THAT’S how quickly this month/season is going, what the heck!! But, now that there’s been some time between the day I decided to set these goals and now, I can tell you how they’ve actually been going. And spoiler alert: not well😅

So maybe it’s a good thing I’m actually finally posting this to go live, because it means I’m almost re-setting these goals and making myself accountable but telling all of you. I think I wanted to do this for autumn specifically because all of the crazy travel plans (and weddings!) from the late spring and summer are finally over. As someone who absolutely loves traveling, and admittedly does not like to be in LA for too long, you’d think I’d be sad about this…but I’m seriously SO happy. I’m looking forward to being in one place, one time zone, and getting back into a routine.

So here are 5 little goals I’m setting for myself this season as a re-commitment to my health and fitness!

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Read an actual, physical book for 15 minutes every single night before bed. – By now you probably know that I have sleeping issues…although I’ll be honest, it hasn’t taken me the hours it used to for me to fall asleep in about a month. Which is AWESOME. Regardless, I’d really like to keep it that way and as someone who works in social media both professionally and personally, I gotta get the F off my phone. The blue light isn’t great and it’s hard to shut my brain off. By reading a book, I find it easier to take my mind off the day and get sleepy. The only issue? Books get expensive😬 I need to make a library run soon…

Up the greens. – It’s no secret that I have a green smoothie every single day, but the general logic behind that one is that even if I don’t get many greens in the rest of the day, I know I’ve still had 1-2 cups with breakfast. BUT, that is no longer enough for me. I want to be having greens all👏🏼damn👏🏼day👏🏼. That means green drinks, greens with lunch and dinner, and hopefully one salad every single day. Wish me luck because I tend to slip up on weekends…😅 **p.s. I have been absolutely horrible about this since forming my goal in September. It’s time to step it up!!

Get my sweat on 5 days a week. – To some of you, this may sound like a lot and to others, it might not sound like enough. Here’s the deal, I try to make it to two 45-60 minutes workout classes a week ie. pilates, barre, yoga, etc. The other days I’ll either workout in our exercise room at the apartment, do free videos I find on YouTube for fine toning, or hike. Every single day I walk at lunch for at least 25 minutes (usually 40!), but I don’t consider that a workout because I’m literally sitting on my tush the rest of the day. If I can get in 5 solid workouts a week, that will be enough to soooort of lose the weight I gained this summer without going crazy. Plus, I got a lotta life to live and time is limited. I’d like to not spend it in a gym😊

More meal-prep. – Here’s the thing: making food for my lunches in advance is not only better for me because I control exactly what’s in them, but actually saves me money (which is equally important at this time in my life). I used to be soooo good about meal prepping when I lived alone and had a crazy a$$ schedule, just because I had no other option but to be organized about my food, but I’ve been slipping. If I can get back into this habit – and I don’t mean the crazy hours-long meal prep some others do, just some easy proteins, veggies and grains – then I can save myself time/calories/money throughout the week.

Make no more than 2 plans with others per weekend day. – Omg you guys I have been SO bad about this. Like absolutely terrible. I think because I was traveling for like two months in between crazy work things, I just felt out of touch with friends or something, and now I feel like I’m playing catch up. It’s bonkers. And of course I know friendships are insanely important and being a truly good friend is one of my main goals on a daily basis, but I’ve been burning out trying to run around Los Angeles and see everyone. This fall, and even winter, I neeeeeed to be better about this. I need more me-time to relax and re-set.

Dancing for Donuts | #AutumnReboot - Healthy Habits I'm Forming for Fall

So there ya have it! Are you guys setting any goals or intentions this season? Autumn is such a perfect time to re-set before the holiday season and new year, in my opinion!

Hope you had a great weekend😊

xo Jordan

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

Autumn calls for comfort food, don’t ya think?

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

I recently made this vegan mac n’cheese for a giveaway with Spudsy Foods (I mentioned them in my September favorites!) and knew I had to share the full recipe on here with you guys. It’s quite possibly the easiest sauce to make – it comes together in a blender with minimal chopping – and is fantastic with any kind of pasta, although I rarely eat anything other than Banza’s chickpea pasta these days!

The “cheese” part of the sauce comes from Nutritional Yeast, which is basically a vegan supplement for Vitamin B12 and protein that happens to have a delicious cheesy flavor to it. The creaminess of the sauce comes from the soaked cashews and veggie broth, and then there’s some garlic and paprika in there too, for extra flavor! I topped this dish with Spudsy’s BBQ Sweet Potato Puffs, but you could easily just use regular bread crumbs or panko flakes!

And one last thing I’ll say: this dish even passed the bf test, which for me is a HUGE win since mine doesn’t particularly love the idea of “healthy” versions of things😂

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

your favorite pasta, cooked according to the directions

1/2 cup cashews soaked in water for at least 3 hours (or overnight)

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 cup veggie broth

1/3 cup non-dairy milk

1/2 tsp paprika

3-4 cloves garlic

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup crumbled Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs (or breadcrumbs)

1. Cook pasta according to directions and while boiling, make the cashew cheese sauce below.

2. In a blender, add the soaked cashews (drained), broth, milk, nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. *If you need to add a little bit of liquid, add either more broth or water tbsp by tbsp – a little goes a long way!

3. Add the sauce to the drained pasta and keep over low to medium heat to warm the sauce.

4. Spoon the mac n’cheese into bowls or ramekins and top with the breadcrumbs or crumbled Spudsy puffs. Enjoy right away or bake in the oven at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes. 

*Store leftover cashew cheese sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days*

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

Well, that’s it for today!! Have you guys ever made vegan versions of your favorite foods? I’m not vegan, as you know, but I love this idea of re-vamping some of my meals to be more plant-based!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, friends!! This week went by suuuuper fast, and I honestly couldn’t be happier about it!

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I have an action-packed weekend coming up, too – I’ll be doing two little photoshoots (one for my friend’s company Journey on, Lovely and one with a friend!), catching up with people I haven’t seen in months, and hopefully going to the movies! Have you guys seen A Star is Born, yet? Is it good?

Also let me just say that I am so ready for a boring fall😅 There has been waaaay too much going on and I wish I could just go away alone for like a week or something to re-set! Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week in between all the madness:

What’s in Season in October – Eating what’s in season is suuuuch a great way to not only get in more nutrients, but also save money!! Plus it’s fun to cook with stuff you don’t use often😊

Welch’s Pre-Cut Frozen Avocado – I’m sorry, WHAT?! WHERE.

How to Make Pumpkin Soup in 20 Minutes – Umm definitely doing this next week.

The Funny, Small Things We Avoid Spending Money On – Reading this made me chuckle a little bit. It’s always interesting to me how people can choose to spend money so differently, and I know I’m crazy about certain things like buying lunch, but not clothes that cost quadruple what lunch does🤣

Netflix’s Halloween Calendar – Anyone else obsessed with scary movies?!?! Nope? Just me? Cool.

Vegan & GF Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Monkey Bread – Could there be any more beautiful words in one recipe, tho?

Should You Be Drinking Celery Juice? – I’ve been seeing soooo much about celery juice on Instagram lately. I actually tried the Pressed Juicery one and kind of loved it!

Alright y’all, that’s what I’ve got for today! I hope you have the best weekend and do all the fun fall things!!!

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

Oh, hey! It’s already humpday👏

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

I’m comin’ atcha today with a good ol’ fashioned WIAW, or what the kids now call a “What I Eat In a Day” on the YouTubes. Back in the day, food bloggers would paint a real picture of what their day looked like in meals with super raw photos and share it on a What-I-At-Wednesday. These posts are not meant for people to compare or anything like that, but more just to get ideas!

As you guys knows, I work a 9-6, so I like to share some of the things I eat to help me get through the day at my desk and then afterwards. Here’s what I truly ate yesterday, and I fully apologize for the smoothie photo which looks less than appetizing, but was actually quite delicious…😂

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~7:30am – hot coffee made in a French press with 1/2 serving of collagen, pumpkin pie spice, stevia & frothed cashew milk. Two things: 1) I use 1/2 a serving of collagen instead of a full serving because it makes it last longer and is cheaper😅 2) I highly recommend investing in a frother. It’ll change your life!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~9am – green smoothie (which is what I have like 6/7 days a week for breakfast!!). I switch up what I put in here almost everyday, but it’s generally 1/2 frozen banana with 1-2 frozen strawberries, 1-2 handfuls of greens, cashew milk/filtered water, 1 tsp maca, 1 tbsp peanut butter powder, 1 scoop protein powder. Sometimes I add flax or chia seeds, or my favorite almond butter instead of the powder, since it has a bit more staying power!

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~11am – literally always hungry at this time without fail. I reach for 2 clementines (yay for clem season!) since I’m sick and need some extra Vitamin C. I also heat up the rest of my coffee from this morning and add a little bit more from the pot at work. Shoutout to BAB for the best reusable jars ever!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~12:15Banza chickpea pasta wheels with TJ’s vegan kale pesto, 1/2 mashed avocado, chopped cherry tomatoes and sea salt. This lunch has been on repeat for me!! It’s insanely easy to make, has a ton of protein and fiber, and healthy fat! I also love that I can eat it cold – sometimes the microwave at our office has a line😂

~2pm – a carrot, orange & ginger juice from Marvé! I ran home during lunch after running some errands and found a package from them waiting for me! I know had clementines already, but this juice hit the spot. I love having something sweet after lunch!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~4pm – snack queen strikes again with some celery (which I thought I hated, but actually kind of love?) and hot tea for my throat. I also had 2 un-pictured fig cookies from NatureBox that I shoveled in too quickly to take a photo…

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~6:30 – Instead of a workout tonight, I opted to meet up with some other food bloggers who were in town from Michigan!! I finally got to meet my friend Sari, who I talk to on Instagram all the time, her friend Lindsey, and then my friend Hannah who also lives in LA! We went to Gjelina for some of the most delicious food EVER (in Venice).

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~7:30 – dessert at Pressed Juicery Freeze! I got half vanilla, half strawberry and it was delish. I don’t usually eat this early, but it was actually kind of nice to be able to digest before bed! I was home by 8:30 and went for a walk with Alex. Such a fun night😊

So there ya have it!! Do you guys work at a desk and bring your food with you, too? Are you big snackers like me?

Have a great day!!

xo Jordan

 

September Favorites

Ahh, it’s finally starting to cool down in LA and my favorite season is here!!!

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I know everyone is always like, “OMG I LOVE FALL THE MOST AND SWEATERS AND PSLs” but I actually, legitimately love fall the most. I’m originally from the northeast where the leaves change colors and we go apple picking and eat cider donuts and this year will always, ALWAYS be my favorite.

Anyway, now that you know about my intense love for this season, let’s just jump into some monthly favorites, shall we?! I always share some of my foodie favorites with you guys, but today I’m sharing some fitness & beauty, too! I think I’m going to start incorporating some more of those things on here, I hope that’s okay with you😊

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Food:

Square Organics Peanut Butter Protein Crisp Bars in Dark Chocolate Chip – Square Organics (aka one of my favorite brands) launched their new Peanut Butter Protein Crisp Bars this month and the Dark Chocolate Chip one has my heart (pictured up there ^). I love all their flavors, but this one takes the cake for me! I’ve been eating them in the afternoon between lunch and dinner but before my workouts, or crumbling half on top of my smoothies when I’m starving. (P.s. You can use the code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ for 20% off on their site!)

Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs – I know we are snacking harddddd in this post, but I couldn’t not include these. And they’re actually not too terrible in the nutrition department! I almost ate the entire bag in 7 minutes and had to shove them in the way back of our cabinet so I wouldn’t actually. It was crazy. Their BBQ is hands down my favorite, but the cinnamon and cheddar are so freaking good, too. I will absolutely be buying these again and again!!

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NatureBox Snacks (Literally All of Them) – So I initially just had the lentil loops on here, but then I went through a bag of the twists and fruit squares in a day each, and realized that I was obsessed with just more than one of NatureBox’s snacks😬 I did a giveaway this month with NatureBox, but am legitimately a full-blown fan. It’s super affordable and the snack variety on here is incredible, especially if you have dietary restrictions! I ordered a bunch and keep them in my desk at work. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t do that…too tempting…

Right Foods Miso Ramen Cups – I realize this is not necessarily the healthiest option for lunch or dinner, but I’ve made two of these guys at work during lunch when I was cold and paired them with a PerfectBar (have you tried the Pumpkin ones yet?!), and it was perfect. I seriously love these – the flavor is amazing and for ramen cups, they’re really not too bad! I bet you could add in some spinach or kale and top it with an egg for a full meal.

Good Day Chocolates (Sleep Supplement) – I don’t know if you guys take melatonin to help sleep (I definitely do, especially while traveling!) and I’m fascinated by these!! It’s basically melatonin in a really, REALLY good chocolate. I’m in love. They also make energy and calm ones!!

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Fitness:

Box Union – I know that most of you don’t actually have a Box Union specifically near you (if you’re in LA, I went to the one in Santa Monica), but I suppose this is more just about boxing in general! I’ve been wanting to take a boxing class forever (the VS angels do it…), but I was terrified for some reason. I went this past weekend with my friend Pam and had a freakin’ BLAST. I love that it’s a more individual workout – you have your own bag and your own space, and there’s a good combination of cardio and other toning moves intermixed with the arm stuff. The soundtrack for class was also on POINT and I was definitely sore the next day!

Books:

52 Lists of Togetherness – Have you guys tried any of these books?! They’re kind of like prompted journaling in list form. A friend gave me the original 52 Lists Project, but this one launched just last week and it’s awesome!! It’s sort of meant to be done with a loved one or significant other, but you can totally write things down yourself! I used to be obsessed with journaling, but time kind of gets in the way these days. I love these books because they’re an easy way to release some creative energy without having to write pages on pages!

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Beauty:

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Moisturizer – If I had to pick one thing in my beauty/skincare routine that I’ve been obsessed with since like, the first half of 2018, it would be THIS. First of all, you can get this stuff at Target for like $16, but it’s also vegan (cool, in my book) and has a crap ton of benefits. It also feels and smells amazing, and I have absolutely noticed a change in my skin. I could not recommend this more!!

SLMD Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Soooo admittedly I work for SLMD Skincare, but I can honestly tell you that our new serum is amazing!!! I was SO worried to use it because I have pretty oily skin in the summertime, and this product feels slightly oily? But it’s legitimately incredible. I’ve been using it for about a month in place of a moisturizer some days and it makes my skin glow!!

Honestly guys, I could add like 10 more things on here, but I don’t want to overwhelm you!! My dad told me blog posts are too long, so I’m trying to cut back on the wordiness🤣 Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’ve been obsessed with this month!!

xo Jordan

For more of my monthly favorites, head here:

August Favorites

July Favorites

June Favorites

May Favorites

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, sweet friends!!

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This Friday feels about 150% different than last Friday (when I’d gotten off a red-eye and was back in the office for the first time in about two and a half weeks). Luckily now I feel almost entirely back to my routine, and even though I’m going back to the east coast (yet again…for ANOTHER wedding) next week, I feel like the chaos has died down significantly!

While I’m impatiently awaiting fall, I’m loving this time of year in LA when it’s not sweltering, but still feels warm enough to dine outside. I have a fun weekend ahead of dog sitting, catching up with friends, and seeing Beyoncé. Yep, freakin’ QUEEN BEY. I might cry honestly. We’ll see…I’ll keep you guys posted😂

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Fall Harvest Honey Crisp Apple & Kale Salad – Pretty much all my favorite things in a salad🙌🏼

Stability Ball Ab Workout – Something tells me that this would burnnnnn but I need to do it, anyway…

Are Pickles Actually Good For You or Not? – Wait this is so interesting. I actually ate a pickle last weekend for the first time in ages and was like WHY do I not eat these more often?!

Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce, Sausage & Baby Spinach – Give me alllll the carbs once the weather gets cooler👏🏼👏🏼 Unfortunately it’s still about 85 degrees in LA though…

6 Outfits Rachel Green Would Definitely Wear Today – Just a fun one! If you know me in real life, you know I have all 10 seasons of Friends and used to watch it every single day for like a decade! Did you guys used to watch it?!

10 of the Coziest AirBnbs to Escape to This Fall – Wait I want to go to every single one😫

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel’s Overnight Oats

It’s been a minute, but we’re back today with another DFD Babe Feature!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

If you’re new around here, I have a series called the DFD Babe Feature where I like to share stories about female entrepreneurs (particularly in the health/wellness space!) who inspire me. This week we’re chatting with Rachel of Rachel’s Overnight Oats, a company that makes overnight oats mixes in three different flavors (the Pumpkin Spice one is perfect for fall!). Her products are all non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and have zero added sugars. They essentially take the work/effort out of making a healthy breakfast and as someone who’s been eating them for months, I can tell you they’re a game changer!!

One thing I love about Rachel is how driven she is. I know her personally and can tell you that she is basically superwoman running a business entirely by herself while also working on other projects, being a mom, and staying on track with her health goals. If that doesn’t sound exhausting to you, then I don’t know what does😅 She’s absolutely crushing it in all aspects of life, but she’s here to share what it’s really like being an entrepreneur with a food startup, how she balances life & work, and that not everything is as glamorous on the inside as it is on the outside sometimes.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

Tell us a little bit about Rachel’s Overnight Oats! What made you decide to start your own company?

I started right in my very own kitchen!! I made overnight oats nearly every night for my fiancé who typically skipped breakfast in the morning.  I was thrilled he loved my overnight oats recipes and was finally eating breakfast, so I found myself making them nightly for the both of us. After many nights of measuring ingredients and making overnight oats, I wanted something more convenient and less time consuming. I went to the store looking for an overnight oats mix, but was disappointed I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I tried everything on the market and they’d come out very chalky, plus I didn’t want all the added sugar. It was then that I decided I would try making and selling my own mix. Here I am over 2.5 years later and it looks as though I wasn’t the only one looking for an overnight oats mix!

When did you start becoming passionate about healthy eating and health in general?

When I was in high school I remember becoming more aware of my eating and exercise habits. I’ve also lived an active lifestyle whether it be horseback riding or an outdoor hike, etc. I think eating healthy and exercise go hand in hand. It’s just part of who I am.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

1) PERSISTENCE –  A food start up is full of challenges, growing pains and financial demands. You need to be persistent even though you may not get the response you are looking for the first time you ask.  You have to have the will power to keep trying even when things are tough. Some of my store accounts told me “no” three times before I finally got a “yes”. 2) PATIENCE – Things take time and although you may be the one in charge, some outcomes aren’t always your decision or within your control. Sometimes you just have to be patient. 3) ORGANIZATION- Staying organized is crucial. Knowing details and learning the systems that run a business is key, but that’s not always easy when you have emails flying and your phone ringing off the hook.

What’s your favorite part of owning & running a company?

When you create something of your own and experience the challenges and successes along the way, it creates a sense of appreciation for other entrepreneurs because I know first hand how hard it can be.  When I am at an in-store demo and someone asks, “Are you Rachel?” it’s also very moving to see their excitement when they meet the face behind the brand. I feel so connected to what I am doing and when I hear someone else loves or enjoys my overnight oats, it just feels good.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The long hours and balancing work, home and social life. Most weeks are 7 day work weeks. I know I won’t be working 7 days a week forever, but I have to now just to get things up off the ground!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions? Is there anything you would have done differently?

I would have started sooner.  Don’t hesitate if you have an idea or want to start a business. Yes, its scary because its out of your comfort zone, but once you start building momentum with your brand and business, it’s really special.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I try to schedule myself for a facial or a mani/pedi on a consistent basis. Once I have that on the calendar, it’s a commitment in my schedule that I plan to stick to. It helps me take time for myself and I plan it my schedule just like I would book a work meeting.

What are you excited for in the second half of 2018 and beyond?

I am preparing for a launch in Northern California. This is a big step for the company and I’m really excited about it.  Although the business is growing, that also means performance expectations grow, financial demands grow and responsibilities grow.  I am also really looking forward to expanding the product line and coming up with new products to share with our loyal and growing customers.  

So that’s the scoop on Rachel – what do you guys think? I freakin’ love how she just keeps it real and I know with her persistence she’s going to absolutely crush it even more in the future. If you’d like to find her on Instagram, her handle is @rachelsovernightoats and you can shop her products on Amazon Prime here, or on her website.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

My grandma was a fighter.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

She was the sassiest person I know, my biggest supporter, she always spoke her mind (and said things like, “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out,”), and she made a mean batch of mandel bread.

Earlier this week, my mom said to me while she was standing in our kitchen, “all i want to do is bake. This is my happy place,” and after a few hours of mixing & kneading dough, she told me that she had more energy that she’d had in days. We ate a few pieces of mandel bread together (kind of like biscotti, but better!) and remembered my grandma.

And THAT is the power of baking, cooking, and food in my opinion. It’s the memories, its ability to bring people together, and joy that comes from a good recipe, even when you thought there was no joy to be felt. So grandma, this one’s for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup mixed nuts and raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until fully combined. Fold in the flour, baking powder and nuts.

3. Flour the bottom of a baking pan and pour dough into an even layer in the center of the baking sheet (about 1/2 inch thick) *it won’t cover the whole pan, not even close!

4. Bake for 30 minutes then remove from the oven. Slice into 1 inch thick bars (like biscotti) and flip. Bake for another 10 minutes.

5. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days – or eat them immediately with a loved one and remember how important family is, how lucky we are to have good people in this world that support us, and how precious life is.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

^ Wasn’t she the CUTEST?! Best grandma ever, I’m telling you. And shoutout to my brother for capturing these moments!

xo Jordan

My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina)

Well, another week in the Outer Banks with friends and family has come and gone. Truth be told, they always go by way too quickly.

 Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

This year was a little different – we came a bit later than usual because my brother’s wedding was the day before, my parents left early for a family emergency, and I worked most of the time we were there, but it still felt like the re-set I needed and the perfect way to cap off summer. I’ve been coming to the Outer Banks since I was about 5 years old and it’s still easily my favorite place in the world. It’s the place where I feel instantly relaxed and always make the best memories. It feels like home.

I wanted to share some of the photos from our trip and I know the past few posts on here haven’t been too substantial, but they’re more just a peek into my life! I’ll have some of my favorite places to eat/visit/explore listed at the bottom as well, in case you want to plan a trip there or know someone who is! I guess you can think of this as a mini photo diary and travel guide to the Outer Banks. It really is an incredible place and if you ever get the chance to go, please tell me and I will meet you there. jkjkjk but no seriously…

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Food:

Steamers – Incredible seafood & the best clam chowder!

Roadside – One of our two all-time favorite restaurants in OBX, casual but slightly more elevated with amazing food

Lighthouse Bagels – The. Best. Bagels.

Big Buck’s Ice Cream – A MUST. No literally, you have to go. I crave their peanut butter cups and fudge all year round.

Metropolis – The other restaurant that’s tied for first, amazing tapas with unique flavors and dishes, something for everyone

Tomato Patch – We get pizza from here our first night every. Single. Year.

First Light – Our go-to breakfast place! The biscuits are out of control.

Ocean Boulevard – Definitely on the fancier side, but so delicious and perfect for a special night out!

Kill Devil Grill – Get the crab cakes and the wings, then thank me later.

Activities:

Coastal Explorations – Where we went SUP boarding this year in the sound! They have the best prices I’ve found so far.

Whalehead Club & the Lighthouse – We used to watch July 4th fireworks here, and it’s also a beautiful place for a wedding! Or honestly just a run, picnic, etc.

Wild Mustangs on Carova Beach – If you have a car with 4-wheel drive, you MUST do this. You basically just drive all the way up past Corolla and the Whalehead Club and the road will stop. This is the only place you can drive on the beach and it’s where the horses live! Go at sunrise, you won’t be disappointed.

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

And if you want to rent our house, you can find it here!

Okay I’ll stop boring you now. Let me know in the comments if you like posts that have more photographs like this and hope you’re all having a great September so far!

xo Jordan