Apple Spice Blondies [Dairy + Gluten Free!].

Ahh Monday, we meet again. Am I ready for you? I’m not sure…

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What I am sure about, however, is a weekend that’s the perfect combination of relaxing and productive makes it easier to head back to work when it’s all over. I’ve recently gotten back into meal-prepping and it is making my life about a billion times better! Just less to worry about during the week, like knowing I already have a healthy lunch packed to take with me or dinner all ready in the fridge when I get home.

One key part of meal-prepping for me is making healthy snacks and treats. If I don’t have snacks ready to go, I will 100% reach for the candy at work instead or impulse-purchase the chocolate bars that are just kind of waiting for you while you check out at Trader Joe’s…don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about. Those things are goooooood! And we all know I’m about balance aka shoveling in some chocolate every once in awhile, but I also like to eat things that satisfy my sweet tooth without making me feel like crap afterwards.

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This week I went with a recipe I’ve had pinned for at least a year, but could never make because I didn’t have coconut flour. This morning on my way back from the farmer’s market though, I finally got it!! I went with Bob’s Red Mill, since I know their products are super high-quality, and so far I can tell you it does not disappoint! That, peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce and  maple syrup basically make up this entire recipe. That’s it! No butter, oil, milk, sugar or eggs. How awesome is that?! You literally throw everything in a bowl, plus some spices, and call it a day. Then 30 minutes in the fridge and BOOM. Blondies. *drops mic*

Dancing for Donuts | Apple Spice Blondies [Gluten + Dairy Free!].

Apple Spice Blondies

(adapted from this recipe)

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup peanut butter* (choose one with just peanuts, nothing else!)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

*you can use almond butter here, but I went with peanut because it’s cheaper!

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

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until completely combined. The batter will be thick, which is a good thing!

3. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin so that each cup is about halfway full (these don’t rise, so you can always fill them more, but you’ll make fewer blondies and will need to cook them for longer!).

4. Bake for 30 minutes, then cool for 15. Carefully spoon the blondies out of the tin (they crumble easily!) and eat right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Apple Spice Blondies [Gluten + Dairy Free!].

Have a beautiful week, friends!

xo Jordan

Carrot Cake Smoothie.

Happy Humpday!

I’m only about 36 hours away from being on summer break from school and I can. not. wait.

This week has been nuts, but I’ve been prepping my meals like it’s my job (it should be, that would be an awesome…) and staying on track with my health goals. Every morning after my workouts I’ve been making this smoothie and it’s such a treat. After reading an article on Lauren Conrad’s blog about how we may be putting too much fruit/sugar in our smoothies, I decided to incorporate some vegetables. I usually do some sort of green, like spinach or kale, but this time I tried carrots! They’re naturally sweet and crazy for you, plus I don’t really eat them otherwise. Breakfast seemed like a good opportunity for me to squeeze them in!

 Dancing for Donuts | Carrot Cake Smoothie

This recipe is customizable to suit your tastes, but this is my preferred ratio and the perfect combination for a healthy, creamy and sweet treat!

Carrot Cake Smoothie

2 large carrots, chopped into small pieces

small handful of walnuts (+ a couple more for toppings)

1/2 frozen banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, i’d recommend a natural sweetener if omitting)

1/2 cup of dairy-free milk (i use unsweetened vanilla almond)

1 tbsp. shredded coconut (+ more for topping)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

2. Blend until smooth (may add more milk or water to get things going). Pour into glass and top with extra walnuts + coconut. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot Cake Smoothie