Carrot-Apple Spice Breakfast Cookies.

I’m switching things up this Friday and sharing one of my new favorite recipes!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Here’s the thing about me – I’m pretty much always craving something sweet. All of my closest friends know me as a dessert fiend, which probably isn’t great since most of the desserts I love (cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, etc.) are filled with not-so-great-for-you ingredients. That being said, I’ve been trying to lower the sugar in my everyday eating (save for natural sugars from fruit), especially during breakfast! As much as I love the sound of starting my day with a huge stack of pancakes (unless they’re these),or sugar-filled smoothie bowl, it’s probably not going to give me the sustained energy I need to get through my busy morning.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Enter: the breakfast cookie. Now this recipe isn’t just some imposter parading around as “healthy” when really it’s filled with sugar and chocolate. These carrot-apple spice cookies legitimately are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy fats, aka the nutrients your body needs to function. That being said, they don’t even taste that healthy…like, you know that weird taste when baked goods have too much greek yogurt instead of oil? Yeah.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re moist (ugh, sorry I know everyone hates that word) from the carrots and apple, and genuinely substantial. You can think of them as oatmeal really, just baked and in tiny servings 🙂 The best part about cookies, too, is that you can take them on the go, which is essential for us busy babes. I keep them in the fridge and take 2-3 to snack on during the workday. That’s probably too many, but whatever, it’s way better than eating on processed food or snacks, and you know exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

I based my carrot-apple cookies on this recipe and used only coconut oil (no butter). These are 100% gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free oats, and if you wanted to make them vegan, you could use a chia or flax egg! Don’t be scared by all the ingredients below, this is one of the easiest recipes for a baked good I’ve ever seen. If you want to make your life even easier, use a food processor and pulse your carrots and apples in there a couple of times. Then you pretty much throw everything in a couple bowls and call it a day. You know me, I like to keep things efficient!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Carrot-Apple Spiced Breakfast Cookies

2 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour if you’re gluten-free!)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup grated or finely diced apple (I used a Fuji!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and spray or coat a baking sheet with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – oats, flour, flaxseed, spices and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients – applesauce, egg, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, and coconut oil.

4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir well. Add in the carrot and apple, and mix to combine completely.

5. Spoon the batter onto the baking sheet in about 1 1/2 in size balls. Flatten with your finger or the spoon, as these cookies won’t spread or rise! You can put them very close together on the baking sheet because of this, as well.

6. Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Have a beautiful Friday, friends!!

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

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Okay okay, so I know this recipe is kind of contradictory to my last one in which I claimed that oatmeal doesn’t actually fill me up…however! This one did (thanks to some added protein) and also oats are my favorite forever.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Matcha is totally having a moment right now, and I’m all for it. I’ve been hooked on green tea lattes since a friend introduced them to me a couple years back, so anything matcha related I can get my hands on, I will! I love that it not only tastes amazing (with a touch of added sweetness, otherwise it’s a bit harsh!), but is also super good for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

It’s honestly kind of amazing that this magical powder stuff is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. And that gorgeous green color?! Swoon. And an awesome thing about this recipe is that it’s vegan and gluten-free customizable – just make sure you’re using certified gluten-free oats, non-dairy milk and/or plant-based protein instead of whey. If you’re not dairy-free, you can totally add some greek yogurt in here too (or coconut yogurt if you are). That would bump up the filling-factor and protein even more!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

1/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 or whole banana, sliced (optional)

1 tsp chia seeds (optional)

1. In a mason jar, tupperware container, or bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, protein powder, matcha, and chia seeds if desired.

2. Cover and let sit overnight in the fridge. When ready to eat, top with coconut and banana slices. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

What oatmeal add-ins and combos are you digging lately?! I need some ideas!

Have a great week 🙂

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

A Word on the Weekend.

Aaaaand just like that, we’re back to Monday.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Every other Thursday, we have a meeting at work where we discuss our recent wins and some things that we’re working on. At the end, we share our plans for the upcoming weekend. Last Thursday, and for the first Thursday in a long time, I realized I had no real, concrete plans. I’ve been on the go quite a bit, and I’m 100% a planner/list-maker, so not having any set schedule seemed almost boring and honestly slightly stressful. After our meeting, I thought about setting up back-to-back friend-dates for both days and tried reaching out to a few people, but when nothing came to fruition I realized I had total freedom for once. And it was so unbelievably nice.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

My Saturday consisted of an easy morning in complete with pancakes and homemade lattes, then a solo trip to the gym. Without any time constraints, I was able to do a full on workout while I listened to some of my new favorite podcasts. Afterwards, I took a walk along Main Street in Santa Monica and then met some friends at the beach. For lunch, we went to a new-to-me spot I’ve been dying to try for years, Huckleberry, and it was incredible (see the photo up at the top of this post ^!)

Dinner was a special one, thanks to a gift my parents gave me and my boyfriend back on Christmas. I didn’t take any photos, partially because I wanted to live in the moment and keep my phone away during our time together, but also because (let’s face it) taking photos in a fancy restaurant isn’t exactly the classiest thing ever. I will say, our crab cake appetizer, scallop dinner and pumpkin pot de creme at Cafe del Rey were absolutely to die for. I don’t exactly get to splurge on dinner often, so being able to go to such a beautiful restaurant was a real treat. Thanks mom and dad!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Sunday we slept in and then decided to make a frittata. Have you ever made one of these?! It was so easy, and so delicious!! I then met a friend from home at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a cup of coffee. This is another place I’ve driven by a thousand times but have never actually gone to! This place just screams Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to me, I loved it – perfect baby pink with Beverly Hills Hotel written in script on everything, just quintessential old Hollywood vibes. And it’s safe to say I’ll be searching for an exact replica of their palm leaf wallpaper for my next apartment…

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Post-fancy coffee, I met one of my best friends for (yet another…) cup of coffee. Since really no one should have 3 cups of coffee before 2pm, I opted for a Golden Milk Latte instead at Cafe If in West Hollywood. I had never been to this cafe before either and it was super cute! Very minimalist and quiet, I think this would be a great hidden gem to work out of someday! That latte was pretty epic too, slightly spicey and lemon-y and very delicious. Dinner was homemade turkey chili + cornbread (I swear by the mix from Trader Joe’s!) while watching the Oscars.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

To be honest, I didn’t actually mean for this post to be so much a recap of my whole weekend as an attempt to prove the point that not everything has to be planned every minute of everyday. And, more importantly actually, there are so many things to do and see wherever you may live that you may not even realize. I think we often get caught up in our routines or only go to our favorite places, which I totally think we should still do, but every once in awhile it’s nice to find something new. In 2 days, I visited 4 new places (which is rare for me.) A new place or meal or mini-adventure can make any ordinary weekend feel special. I’m grateful to live in a place with so much to offer, and I’m making a promise to take more advantage of it in the future!

Did you try anything new this weekend?! Let me know in the comments 🙂

xo Jordan

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Hello & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Monday! The sun finally came out in LA and I was able to spend a bit of time outside and on the beach. It was glorious. I also wanted to take some time to meal-prep for the week and whip up something new, so I decided to riff off this customizable baked oatmeal recipe. I loved so many things about these – they’re insanely cheap and easy to make, gluten-free, packed with protein, and they only have one tablespoon of honey in the entire recipe. That’s it! No other sugar whatsoever except natural sugars from the fruit.

You can absolutely customize these if you’re not feeling the blueberries. I’m honestly planning on making them again next week with carrots and raisins (I’m a big carrot-cake fan!), and maybe raspberries and chocolate chips the week after that…I have big plans 🙂 I also highly recommend smothering the crap out of these in peanut butter. It adds a bit of protein and a loooooot of yumminess.

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 medium, ripe banana mashed

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp raw honey

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil spray or Pam.

2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, mashed banana, applesauce, vanilla extract and honey.

3. In a smaller bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, and baking powder. Pour into banana mixture and combine. Stir in almond milk and then add blueberries.

4. Divide the batter evenly into muffin cups (mine made ~16 so I had to do this twice!) and bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly brown. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

If you’re looking for a last minute dessert for tonight, this recipe I made last year is perfect. Warning: it’s highly addictive. But whatever you choose to eat or make today, I hope you do something you love 🙂

xo Jordan

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

I can’t think of a better occasion to make muffins than a Friday.

And I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m constantly trying to come up with new recipes for food that I can take on the go. My usual breakfast is plain, nonfat greek yogurt with a sliced banana and a (giant) tablespoon of peanut butter, but let’s be honest, that’s not the easiest (or safest) thing to eat while driving. So, when I came across these muffins on one of my favorite food blogs, I quickly ran to the kitchen to check if I had all the ingredients to make them

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Not only are these bad boys made with things you most likely already have, but they’re unbelievably easy to make (hello, blender), gluten-free, and packed with protein. They’re perfect for a pre or post-workout snack, a mid-afternoon treat, or even dessert. My suggestion? Smother the crap outta them with peanut butter and pretend they’re cupcakes. You can thank me later.

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins

(adapted from this recipe)

2 medium, ripe bananas

2 cups oats (gluten-free if necessary)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup plain, nonfat greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup coconut flakes (optional)

peanut butter (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or canola oil spray.

2. In a blender (or large food processor), add all of the ingredients and blend just until smooth.

3. Pour into the muffin tin and fill each mold 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until starting to brown just slightly.

4. Cool for 15 minutes. Top with peanut butter if desired and eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. *You can also freeze these and pop them in the microwave when you’re ready to eat them!

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Enjoy your weekends!!

xo Jordan

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

Guys. Thanksgiving is in 8 days. WHAT.

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Now okay, I know I’ve been a bit obsessed with the pumpkin these days, but can you blame me? I’ve said it before, but this stuff is too good to pass up when it’s in season – tons of fiber and flavor, and SO versatile. My last pumpkin recipe was a savory one, and the one I’m bringing you today is sweet enough for dessert, but makes the perfect healthy breakfast too. It also comes together in a pinch and basically makes itself..helloooo slow-cooker. My colder-weather best friend.

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

I’ve paired this granola with my absolute favorite greek yogurt Noosa. The pumpkin flavor is actually out of control, if you haven’t tried it yet! Target for the win. The spices mixed with the crunch of the nuts and the chewiness of the oats make this recipe my go-to for a crowd-pleasing gift. Gluten-free, vegan and paleo, you can literally give it to anyone who needs a little homemade goodness if their life.

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola

(adapted from this recipe)

2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

2/3 cup maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnut halves

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup seedless raisins

  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, salt, and spices. Stir to combine.

2. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, maple syrup and vanilla and stir.

3. Add the pumpkin mixture to the oats, and mix until fully coated.

4. In a slow cooker set on high, pour the oats and spread in an even layer. Cook for 2 hours on high, stirring every 30 minutes. *Don’t forget this part!

5. After 2 hours, turn the slow-cooker off, add in the nuts and raisins, and mix. Store in an airtight container.

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Let me know if you guys try this! Hope you like it

🙂

xo Jordan

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

Well, it’s finally starting to feel like autumn around here. And thank goodness too, because I bought a pink glittery unicorn onesie that I really need to break in.

I’m taking it easy this morning after a few crazy days of school and work that had me waking up way too early to make anything fun for breakfast (which, let’s be honest, is really what weekends are all about). So today I made a batch of these pumpkin pancakes which I managed to inhale in all of 3 minutes. Oops…

Dancing For Donuts | Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

While these take a few more minutes for prepping, they actually cook up pretty quickly and are honestly super healthy, so I don’t even have to worry about not fitting into my halloween costume! Hooray! They can also be easily adapted to be gluten free or even vegan since they don’t require any eggs. Hence why I picked this recipe over others, since I’m out of eggs right now… *GASP*

Dancing For Donuts | Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

(adapted from this recipe – makes ~10 small pancakes)

1/2 cup flour (i used all-purpose but gf works fine, too!)

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

1 packet of stevia

1/4 cup + 3 more tbsp pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup milk (i used 1% but almond works, too!)

1 tsp honey

2 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

brown sugar + extra cinnamon for dusting (optional)

  1. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and stir well to combine.

2. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined (don’t over-mix). Add more milk tbsp by tbsp if the batter is too thick for your preference (mine were super thick).

3. Spray a skillet with coconut oil or pam, and heat over a medium flame. Once the pan is hot (test with drops of water), drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the pan in small circles. Be sure to spread the batter with a spoon/spatula/finger so that it’s not all sitting in the middle! Flip once it starts to become golden.

4. Repeat until all the batter is gone and stack pancakes so that they stay warm. I sprinkled brown sugar in between each, which carmelized while the rest of the pancakes were cooking! Sprinkle with more cinnamon or maple syrup. Enjoy! 🙂

Dancing For Donuts | Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

xo Jordan