Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite things to do: making nut milk!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Guys I had been sooo intimidated to try making my own nut milks at home, even though I have friends who do it and they’ve told me how simple it is! Idk what was up with me, but I will tell you, it is SO simple, quick, and honestly just makes me feel better knowing that I made it myself. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of most non-dairy milks?! Tons of additives. It makes sense though because fresh almond milk only lasts for about 3 days before going bad, so you can only imagine what they need to put in the milks at the store to make them last as long as they do!

To make the actual milk, you only need two ingredients (almonds + water), but I wanted to flavor mine with a touch of natural sweetness, vanilla and lavender. Also, you’ll want to be sure you leave yourself enough time to soak the almonds for 8-12 hours because that is the key! In terms of equipment, this requires a blender, nut milk bag and something to pour the milk into. I use a nut milk bag from Ellie’s Best and it has freakin’ changed my life👏

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

In terms of money, I think making your own milk at home can be super economical if you 1) get your almonds or whatever base you’re using from bulk bins or when they’re on sale and 2) make sure you don’t make so much that you waste it. I’m pretty sure one cup of almonds cost me about $3 (not on sale because I wanted to make it asap for this post!), but then I made enough milk for 3 days (for smoothies + coffee), plus the cup of almond meal that came out of it. You can do so many things with almond meal, and that’s something you definitely don’t get when you just buy the milk in store.

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So yeah! It’s better for you since there’s less crap in there, you can customize it to be whatever flavor you’d like, it can be super cost-effective if you get your almonds in bulk/on sale, and there’s less waste overall since you’re not buying cartons on cartons. So many perks you guys! If you’d like, you can try Ellie’s Best nut milk bags (or any of their other items) and take 10% off your entire cart with the code ‘dancingfordonuts’ – they even send you a few of their own recipes to get you started!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

What you’ll need:

1 nut-milk bag or cheesecloth – I’ve been using Ellie’s Best nut milk bags and I’m in LOVE.

A blender – I have a NutriBullet, but any should work fine!

A pitcher (or even vase if you’re desperate) to strain the milk into

An airtight container for storing the milk (like a mason jar or bottle)

Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds

3 1/2 cups filtered water

2 pitted dates (optional, but recommended!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp culinary lavender (feel free to add more, but a little goes a long way!)

1. Soak the nuts in water in a large bowl for 8-12 hours (but no longer than 12 ’cause they can actually go bad!).

2. Drain the almonds then add them to your blender with the filtered water, dates, vanilla extract and lavender. You may need to do two batches depending on your blender size! Pulse/blend for 1 minute on high.

3. Take an Ellie’s Best nut milk bag and put it 3/4 of the way inside a pitcher, making sure that the top is secure. I tie the string, but you can also use a rubber band.

4. Pour your nut milk blend into the bag over the pitcher. You’ll see that most of it will drain straight through, but there’s still a ton left in the bag surprisingly! Using your hands, hold the bag over the pitcher and squeeeeeze!!! It takes me about 3 extra minutes and some muscle power to really get the rest of the liquid out of the bag.

5. Transfer the nut milk to an airtight container (unless it’s already in one!) and empty the almond meal from the nut milk bag into another airtight container, if you’d like. You can use this in smoothies, oatmeal, and a ton of other recipes! Note: Your fresh almond milk will only stay fresh for up to 3 days because it doesn’t have preservatives like store-bought brands! Be sure to drink it before then 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So there ya have it! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask me – I might make a quick little video of this too, since maybe it’s easier to understand the directions that way? Let me know what you think, and if you make some almond milk of your own! And if you need a new nut milk bag, be sure you use the code ‘dancingfordonuts‘ so you can get 10% off at Ellie’s Best!!

xo Jordan

Berry Chia Protein Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten-Free!]

Hi friends and Happy Humpday! Is anyone else kind of ecstatic that we’re halfway through the week?!

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve been running on very little sleep after flying home to NY for a hot second to attend my one of my best friends’ weddings, so I apologize in advance if any of this is incoherent! I landed back in LA super late Sunday night and did a major grocery haul Monday after work since the only things in my fridge were some leftover cashew milk (which comes in handy!), coffee grounds (duh) and my probiotics. Not exactly the makings of a meal my friends.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

After a long weekend of indulging, I’m really trying to get my a$$ in gear, partially so that I can fit into my old summer clothes and partially because I know that when I eat healthier, my stomach feels so much better. I tried chia pudding way back in the day, and honestly wasn’t the biggest fan, but the other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts (Almost 30 – I’m obsessed) and they were talking about a chia pudding made with protein powder for natural sweetness and a more filling snack or meal. The other thing about chia pudding is that it’s really not that many ingredients and fairly cheap now that chia seeds are so common.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve had this recipe for breakfast two mornings now, and it’s so delicious. I still need my 11am snack (as per usual), but this is something I can feel good about eating. There’s no added sugar, the berries are nutritious and full of antioxidants, and the chia seeds are loaded with fiber, omega 3’s and protein. You can easily sub out ingredients in this recipe as well, like the berries for another fruit or vanilla protein powder for chocolate, or even none at all. It’s your call, just make whatever works for you! Food should be delicious, so pick your favorite flavor combo and go from there 🙂

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

Berry Chia Protein Pudding

(makes 2 large servings)

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 cups non-dairy milk (I used cashew, it’s super creamy!)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup mixed berries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if you’re vegan, make sure it’s a plant-based protein – I use Garden of Life!)

1. In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, non-dairy milk, protein powder and coconut flakes. Stir for about one minute and then let sit for for at least 2 hours or overnight. *I make this recipe the night before in a tupperware so it’s ready to take with me to work the next day!

2. Add the berries and enjoy! If not eating right away, the chia pudding will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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What about you? What breakfast do you have on repeat these days?! Have you tried chia pudding yet?

xo jordan

Babes on a Budget: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl.

Ok I’m going to say something that I feel like is going to make people like, gasp and then hate me a little…

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but oatmeal totally does not fill me up and I literally will be hungry 2 hours later. What is wrong with me, guys?! I’ve tried adding nut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, flax, you name it I’ve done it. And for some reason, without fail, my stomach will be growling by 11am. So, I’ve recently turned to other (inexpensive) means of filling up before busy days at the office and it includes some of my absolute favorite foods: sweet potatoes, peanut butter, bananas and dates. I topped it with granola too, for a little extra crunch & sweetness! I definitely recommend coconut granola, or just coconut flakes/shavings – the flavor combo is INSANE.

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The best part about this recipe is that is super low effort, kind of like overnight oats but just slightly more prep. You just boil a pot of water, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch (-ish) chunks, boil for about 15 minutes and then you’re good to go. You can mash the potato in the pot, or another bowl, or a tupperware if you want to save it for the next day in the fridge. Then you simple toss in the other ingredients and poof. Done. Easy peasy.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

1 medium sweet potato

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 banana, sliced

1 -2 dates, chopped

1 tbsp peanut butter (drippy is better, so I’d go for all-natural!)

1/4 cup granola (I used KIND Oats & Honey Clusters w/Toasted Coconut)

*if gluten-free, just leave off the granola or choose a gluten-free variety!

1. Fill a medium-sized pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil. While the water is heating up, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch or so chunks. Drop into water once boiling and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.

2. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork either in the pot or another bowl. Add in the almond milk to make it creamier and stir until combined.

3. Top with banana, dates, granola and peanut butter if eating right away, or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

xo Jordan

Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Have you all been seeing this thing about putting cauliflower in smoothies yet!? Wait wait, don’t leave just yet, I promise this’ll be good!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Power Smoothie.

So here’s what’s up. My favorite health and wellness experts(the Tone It Up girls, Jeannette from Shut the Kale Up, etc.) have all been posting about this new trend and it’s been popping up all over my Instagram too – people are literally putting frozen cauliflower in their smoothies. Like what. The. F. So, obviously, I had to jump on board and see what all the fuss was about, not to mention that I had to try it for you all first so I could relay my honest opinion…

Do you want it?

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Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I perfected this smoothie recipe there was a very, very slight hint of cauliflower detected. BUT! That was before I added the necessary ingredients (aka those listed below) to make this taste super delicious! And truthfully, like scouts honor, this cauliflower business makes for a smoothie that is unbelievably creamy. We’re talking milkshake levels of creaminess over here. It’s legit. Not to mention that cauliflower has about a bazillion health benefits from boosting heart and digestive health to anti-inflammatory properties, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants galore.

So. if there’s one piece of advice I can offer you today, it would be to try adding cauliflower to your smoothies. And hey, if you hate it (which trust, you will not), you don’t ever have to do it again. But like, you totally will. You’re welcome 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 small handful frozen cauliflower florets (or 1/4 cup frozen riced caulflower)

1 small handful kale or spinach

1/4 cup milk (any kind, pick your favorite!)

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp peanut butter powder or nut butter of your choice

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. My trick is to start with less liquid and then add if I need more, but I like my smoothies super thick. You do you!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

xo Jordan

Peaches N’ Cream Protein Popsicles.

Mornin’ friends! I’m blogging from the office today since the triple digit temperatures have killed our internet.

Since it was way too hot to turn on the oven, or stove, or do much of anything really this weekend, I was inspired to make frozen treats! I whipped up a super simple recipe for protein popsicles and added some fresh fruit, since I’m all about the peaches lately. With only three ingredients, the hardest part of the recipe is actually just having the patience to let them freeze…

Dancing for Donuts | Peaches N' Cream Protein Popsicles

These were seriously the perfect post-workout snack or dessert, I can’t wait to experiment with more frozen combinations! I’m thinking about a non-acoholic mojito popsicle. Or maybe I’ll add the rum, actually… (:

Dancing for Donuts | Peaches N' Cream Protein Popsicles

Peaches N’Cream Protein Popsicles

1 large or 2 small peaches

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 cup almond or coconut milk

  1. Chop the peaches into large pieces and place in a blender. Add the protein powder and milk. Blend until smooth.

2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least an hour. *To release the popsicle from the mold, simply run until warm water for about 30 seconds and pop them out!

Dancing for Donuts | Peaches N' Cream Protein Popsicles

Have a great day!

xo Jordan