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


3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Okay, so it’s becoming clear now that I like recipes that don’t require a ton of ingredients, isn’t it? 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

From my 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles to my 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites, I’ve now moved on to 3-ingredient meals! This recipe is a riff off of my 2-Ingredient Pancakes, but with a bit more staying power. Lately I’ve been eating breakfast later than usual (aka at my desk at 9am as opposed to before my commute at 8am), but having something more substantial so that I don’t have to have such a big mid-morning snack.

There really isn’t a reason for this, and you should always listen to your body of course, but I personally am trying to cut back on eating out of boredom. Sitting at a desk all day definitely lends itself to shoveling in handfuls of nuts mindlessly and convincing myself I’m starving an hour after a nutritious lunch, even if I’m definitely not. Anyone else have this problem!?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

Now these pancakes can’t exactly be made too far in advance and brought to work, unless you have crazy amounts of extra time in the morning, but sticking with my eating schedule even on weekends helps to keep me on track. Though this breakfast may look super decadent, it’s really just bananas, eggs and protein powder! How easy is that?! The frosting is also just peanut butter and almond milk, but if you’re not feeling that you could leave it out or opt for something else like plain greek yogurt or fruit!

Keep 2 things in mind about this recipe:

1. It’s best to give yourself about 20 minutes to whip these up – the key is to have the heat on medium and not hotter otherwise the outside will burn and the inside won’t cook, which will cause your pancakes to stick to the pan (and be inedible!)

2. If you’ve got one, I definitely suggest using a food processor or blender to make the pancake batter, that way it’s nice and smooth. If you don’t have one, it’s totally fine, just make sure you take a few extra minutes and are ready to use some muscle power to get the lumps out of the bananas and protein powder!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

1 egg + 1 egg white

1 medium ripe banana (I like mine with just a touch of brown spots!)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Garden of Life!)

1. Spray a small or medium size pan with coconut oil spray and heat over medium on the stovetop.

2. As your pan is heating, combine all 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth (it shouldn’t take long!).

3. Pour the batter onto the heated pan, or spoon for better leverage! I like to make a bunch of small pancakes, but feel free to do a few larger ones! You’ll find that the batter will spread pretty quickly, so a little will go a long way. Heat for about 3 minutes a side, or until you start to see tiny bubbles in the pancake. I also like to check by trying to slide my flipper (is that what it’s called?!) underneath and if it pops up no problem, it’s ready to flip!

4. Cook the pancake on the other side for 2-3 more minutes. Place on a plate, then cover, so it stays warm while the others are cookin’! Repeat with the rest of the batter and keep in mind the first and sometimes second pancakes never come out perfectly! You’ll get the hang of it, and know that you may need to adjust the heat throughout so that they don’t burn.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 tbsp peanut butter (I love Nuts N’More!)

2 tbsp almond milk or water

1. In a small bowl, heat the peanut butter and almond butter in the microwave for ~10 seconds, until they’re easy to stir together. *If your peanut butter is drippy, you can probably skip this step!

2. Drizzle on top of your pancakes and sprinkle on some cinnamon too, if you’d like! Dig in 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

What’s your favorite way to fuel-up?

xo jordan


Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, beautiful humans!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

We’re back to our regularly schedule Friday Finds programming 🙂 What have you been reading this week?!

7 Grocery Store Hacks to Save You Major Hacks – Guys, YES. I currently follow about 90% of these, but they’re MAJOR. It seriously couldn’t be easier to cut your grocery bill.

Ask a Nutritionist: 5 Questions Answered – As if I wasn’t already so obsessed with Kelly LeVeque anyway…this girl is a genius.

10 Dinners in Under 10 Minutes – For nights when you’re either lazy AF or busy AF.

An Exceptional Salad with an Unusual Coconut Oil Dressing – This sounds insane. How have I never thought to make a dressing with coconut oil?!

3-Nutritionist Approved Snacks to Bring on Summer Adventures – Honestly I would even just bring these to the office because they sound awesome.

10 Pieces of Avocado Toast Almost Too Pretty to Eat – HOW?! Do I need to get a tiny star cookie cutter to cut my food into tiny cute shapes?! No, probably not…

3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles [or Slushies!] – Shameless plug because I’m still literally eating one of these almost every day. They’re perfect for a low-calorie treat!

Any fun plans for the weekend? I have a full-blown cold as of now, so aside from a cooking class tonight (which I’m SO excited for!!!!!) I’ll probably just lay low 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

xo Jordan

3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles [or Slushies!]

This 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicle recipe is sponsored by my friends over at Sparkling Ice, but all words, photos and opinions are mine!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Okay so I guess it’s like, legitimately summer now, huh?

This is my first summer in 3 years that I’m not on break from grad school, and it honestly feels pretty weird. Like I still have to go to work everyday and nothing actually changes at all, especially because it’s pretty much summer in LA all year round, #letsbehonest. The one thing I do every single summer though, is go visit my family’s beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m constantly counting down the days until I get to go to my favorite place on the planet and just take all of the summer-y, beachy bliss.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

One of my favorite things to do there is sit by our pool in the afternoon (after some beach time, of course) with a cold drink and some snacks. Since ice water gets a little old, we like to stock our fridge with flavored sparkling water so that it’s still healthy, but feels fancy. And then you can feel gangster AF on your unicorn float, know what I mean?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

(s/o to Mama & Papa D for snapping this photo in NC!)

Sparkling Ice has been an old favorite of ours, since it comes in a bajillion flavors and has zero calories (!!). Now that I live in a place where it’s warm enough to drink cold drinks all the time, I like to keep it on hand for when I want something that’s more refreshing than water but isn’t soda. Trust me, I know it sounds crazy to think there could be something more refreshing than water, but sometimes it just doesn’t hit the spot. Especially when you’re also kind of hungry, which is generally me always…

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I wanted to find a way to combine my favorite summertime beverage with my other favorite thing in the world: DESSERT. And can you literally come up with anything better than an ice cold popsicle when you’ve just come back from a sweaty a$$ workout or just need an afternoon snack to cool you down? Didn’t think so 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I think the absolute best thing about these popsicles, aside from the fact that they’re insanely refreshing and the perfect amount of sweetness with zero-added sugar, is that you can customize them with any of Sparkling Ice’s 15 flavors, which are all available on Amazon Prime (in case you decide that you need to make these in no more than 48 hours  because trust me, you do). You essentially just take half a bottle of your favorite Sparkling Ice flavor, some canned coconut milk, and whatever frozen fruit you’d like and mix ’em together.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

AND if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even throw some liquor in there (Strawberry Daquiri popsicles, anyone?). Okay last point though for real, if you don’t have a popsicle maker, just put the mixture into ice cube trays and blend that sh*t up with a few tablespoons of water to get things going. Then BOOM, slushies.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Mango Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until mango has completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. If you’re blending your ice cubes for a slushie, just add a couple of tablespoons of water to get things moving, and keep some ice cubes whole to keep your drink cold! Dig in and pretend you’re on a tropical island in a giant sun hat being fabulous (unless you actually are, and then no need to pretend. Get it, girl.)

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Lemonade (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until strawberries have completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

If you’d like to make your own popsicles to have on hand for hot days, head over here so that you can grab a variety pack of Sparkling Ice. You can save up to 15% and get free delivery with Subscribe & Save as a Prime member, or find all 15 Sparkling Ice flavors at at your local retail store.

Which flavor combo will you make first?!

xo jordan

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

Hi friends! We’re so close to the long weekend, I can almost taste it!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

In preparation for what is most likely going to be an indulgent weekend, for both my wallet and stomach, I’ve been focusing extra hard on eating real, unprocessed snacks throughout the day. I decided last weekend to whip up some faux-larabars and have been having about 4 of these each day as a mid-morning snack. As much as I loooooove larabars, they’re not exactly the cheapest things ever, and for good reason! They only contain about 3-6 ingredients and have a ton of healthy fats and protein to keep ya goin’. As far as quick snacks on the go, they’re something I’d recommend to anyone who’s trying to avoid processed, pre-packaged foods!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

With this in mind, being able to make these little babies (literally in the food processor in 2 minutes or less) and have them on hand for snacks throughout the week, has made life a lot easier, and my grocery bill cheaper! They’re gluten-free, vegan, and have absolutely zero added sugar, though do keep in mind that dates and dried fruit in general have a decent amount of sugar in them already! That being said, you can pop these in a little tupperware and just eat according to how you’re feeling. If you’re hungry and need something to tide you over for at least an hour or two, I’d go with four, but if you just need a little something for your sweet tooth, knock that down to just a couple. You’re call though, of course 🙂

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds

10 medjool dates

3/4 cup seedless raisins

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

1-2 tbsp warm water (if needed)

1. In a food processor or blender, pulse all ingredients until almonds are broken down and ingredients are well combined. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula periodically and add warm water if the the mixture seems too dry (after ~20 pulses or so). *Don’t be too quick to add the water though, as the oils from the almonds take time to be released and they will moisten the mixture!

2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and form the batter into 1 inch balls (it should make about 2 dozen, give or take!). Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for one hour to enjoy (almost) immediately!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

 What are some of your favorite real-food, unprocessed snacks?!

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

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

Hi & Happy Humpday!

My thesis is OVER and I go home in less than a week. I cannot wait! I’m trying to pack these last few days in with some holiday activities and last minute Christmas shopping in between jobs. I have to say though, working in social media is kind of fun around the holidays and incorporating  holiday cheer into brand messaging is much more enjoyable 🙂

Dancing for Donuts| 4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

Anyway, enough about me! Today I’m bringing you a super easy, healthy holiday treat to make it through this last full work week before the holiday break. It’s small batch too, so you don’t need to worry about indulging too hard before the full-on Christmas cookie madness begins! But, if you’re like me, you need a little somethin’-somethin’ after dinner to satisfy your sweet tooth, know what I’m saying?

Dancing for Donuts| 4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

(makes 5 large truffles)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp honey

powdered sugar to coat (optional)

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients.

2. Mix until the ingredients are well-combined and all the cocoa powder is moistened. This should take about 2 minutes, so keep going even if it doesn’t look like anything is happening! Feel free to add an extra teaspoon or so of applesauce if it’s not coming together.

3. Tablespoon by tablespoon, roll the cocoa mixture in your hands until a ball forms. Continue until the mixture is completely rolled into truffles.

4. Roll in confectioner’s sugar if desired and freeze for at least 20 minutes before eating or store in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.

Dancing for Donuts| 4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

Have a great rest of your week!

xo Jordan

Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

Y’know how sometimes the best ideas come straight outta nowhere? Yeah. This was one of those ideas.

I was laying in bed last night, dead tired and trying so hard to fall asleep but for some reason I could not to turn my brain off (does this happen to you guys?!). While ordinarily I hate when that happens, this time when food popped into my head I didn’t mind so much because I thought of the things in my fridge (bread, an egg, pumpkin, my favorite Noosa pumpkin greek yogurt, etc.) and then this recipe.

Dancing for Donuts | Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

I used sprouted Ezekiel bread for the base, which is basically a superfood, so that + the egg + yogurt + pumpkin = heaps of protein and fiber. I only used a single tablespoon of brown sugar and the tiniest drizzle of maple syrup, so this recipe is low in sugar too (no mid-morning crash!). The pumpkin cream, which is simply pumpkin greek yogurt and some spices, makes this french toast an over-the-top comfort food breakfast perfect for the holiday season without the guilt. Doesn’t get any better than that, folks!

Dancing for Donuts | Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

2 pieces of Ezekiel sprouted bread (or your favorite whole grain kind)

1 egg

1/8 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup 1% or non-fat milk (could sub almond or coconut)

1/2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

3 tbsp. pumpkin greek yogurt (store bought or mix plain w/ pumpkin)

  1. In a bowl with a wide, flat bottom (I used a small pyrex dish!), whisk together the egg, pumpkin, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.

2. Heat a skillet on low and spray with PAM or coat with melted butter.

3.While the pan is heating, drop one piece of bread into the batter. After coating both sides of the bread completely, which will take about a minute per side, drop it onto the pan.

4. Cook on medium-low until light brown, or about 2 minutes on each side. Prep the other slice of bread in the batter while the first is cooking.

5. When the first slice is done, place the second slice on the pan. Add 2 tbsp of the pumpkin greek yogurt to the top of the bread and spread a thin layer. Add the second piece of bread on top once it is done cooking.

6. Top the 2nd slice with the remaining pumpkin yogurt, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Skinny Pumpkin Cream Stuffed French Toast (For One!)

Have a good weeeeeeeeek!

xo Jordan

Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

To say that things have been busy around here is an understatement.

Tonight I start class back up again (last first day of school EVER!) and work has been a total circus. I knew my meals would get totally out of whack from running around, so I made sure to prep this super easy chicken to have for leftovers throughout the week. I can honestly say that I made it more out of convenience than anything else, but when I tried it and it tasted like heaven I was very pleased.

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

This versatile meal comes together in about 10 minutes of prep time. Throw everything in the crockpot and go about your business until 3ish hours later when you can dig in! It’s healthy, inexpensive, and if you’re a peanut butter lover like me you’re going to need to make this asap. My favorite is putting it in a collard wrap (who knew those were so delicious?!), just make sure you shave down the stem with a knife before you try to bend it otherwise it’ll snap! (Legally Blonde reference, anyone?)

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

(adapted from this recipe)

1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup canned lite coconut milk

4 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp cider or rice vinegar

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

fresh cilantro

quinoa or collard wraps for serving

  1. In a slow-cooker, arrange the chicken breasts. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar and red pepper. Pour over chicken.

2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is tender. Reduce the heat on the slow-cooker to warm and shred the chicken. Let cook for 15 more minutes to allow the chicken to absorb the sauce.

3. Serve the chicken over quinoa and top with cilantro, or inside a collard wrap! Just be sure to trim the stem of the collard down to the same level as the leaf to make it easier to wrap. (I actually use 2 collard leaves in case one has holes so the sauce doesn’t seep through!)

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

Be back soon, friends. Have a great week!

xo Jordan