Milk & Cereal Donuts

I have fun one for today, you guys 😍

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

I think the best part about my job, well the blogging half at least, is getting to be creative in the kitchen! And let me tell you, it feels so good to have more time to do that now that I’m on my own.

I was working with Barbara’s Cereal on an Instagram post (yes, that was sponsored, but this isn’t!), and instead of just putting some cereal in a pretty yogurt bowl like I do so often, I wanted to do something a bit more out of the box! And, on brand, if you will😏

These donuts are insanely easy to make. The hardest part is probably just waiting for the cereal so soak in the milk, honestly.😂 I use Birch Bender’s pancake mix to make things easier, but you could probably use any other pancake mix that works for you! And just be sure to frost the donuts right before you’re ready to eat, otherwise the topping might get soggy.

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

Milk & Cereal Donuts

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup Barbara’s Honest O’s Honey Nut Cereal (plus more for topping)

1 cup Birch Benders Pancake Mix (I used their Original)

2 eggs

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

2/3 cup powdered sugar + 1 tbsp almond milk for the icing

  1. In a large bowl, add the almond milk and 1/2 cup of cereal. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a donut pan with coconut oil or ghee. Drain the cereal from the almond milk and add the milk, pancake mix, eggs, banana, coconut sugar and protein powder. Stir until well combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into the donut pan until almost full (just under the top of the mold. Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  4. Let cool completely before using a butter knife to trace around the outside of the donuts. Using a spoon, carefully remove the donuts from the mold and place on a plate or cutting board.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and almond milk for the icing. Spoon the icing onto each donut one by one, immediately followed by placing the Honey Nut O’s on top, pressing firmly so they don’t slide.
  6. Serve immediately, or place in an airtight container *without cereal on top* until ready to eat. If you put the cereal on top and let it sit overnight, the cereal might get soggy!

*If you’d like to make these vegan, try using flax eggs and/or another banana in place of the eggs – I can’t promise the texture will be the same, though.

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

That’s it, y’all! I can’t think of a better reason to treat yourself to a donut than a Tuesday, you know what I mean?😉 Have a great one!

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

2 Chocolate Recipes for Your Raging Sweet Tooth: Chocolate Cookie Cups & Spiced CBD Truffles

I’m going to share something with you and if you know me at all in person, it probably won’t come as much of a surprise…

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Cups with Emmy's Organics

But I literally eat dessert every single night. If we’re being honest here, I probably eat dessert multiple times a day, but most days I try to limit it to once😅

I used to bake a lot, like a whooole lot, and since I’m no longer an athlete for my day job, I’ve had to cut back a bit. That being said, I’ve found some other ways to make treats for myself without going HAM on a loaf of banana bread or eating 6 cookies at once. These days, I’m trying to make desserts that are slightly less sweet (so I can work on curbing my sugar addiction…) and also don’t tempt me to eat the whole batch at once. Luckily I live with my boyfriend, which means I always have someone who can share with me😊

The good thing about the following two recipes is that 1) there’s portion control built into the first one (since you can actually make them one at a time!) and 2) the CBD truffles actually aren’t super sweet, so you’d probably want to stop after a couple, anyway. Both are delicious, insanely easy to make, and not a ton of ingredients. The first is definitely sweeter, and definitely less healthy, but so worth every calorie (we don’t count those here) and the second has a little twist with some CBD coconut oil, although you could easily swap that out with regular! For more on the benefits of CBD, head here.

And now, onto the recipes!🍫

3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Cups

2 cups chocolate chips (regular or vegan!)

2 tbsp 4th and Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee (or coconut oil or regular ghee!)

4 Emmy’s Organics Cookies (or your favorite soft cookie/cookie dough)

1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips with the ghee in 30 second intervals until completely melted (mine took about 75 seconds!)

 2. Pour a tbsp or so of melted chocolate into silicone cups and pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden.

3. Take your cookies and using using your hands, form into little discs that will fit into the silicone cups (I halved each Emmy’s Organics cookie and it was the perfect size). Press those into the hardened chocolate until they form a nice even layer.

4. Pour another tbsp or so of chocolate on top, put them back in the freezer for another 10, and then dig in!! 

Dancing for Donuts | Spiced CBD Truffles

Spiced CBD Truffles

(inspired by this recipe)

1/2 cup CBD Golden Spice Coconut Oil (or regular coconut oil + 1/8 tsp each cinnamon, turmeric & cardamom)

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder or cacao powder (I did half and half!)

5 tbsp honey or maple syrup

pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup raw, shredded coconut (the unsweetened kind!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp coconut sugar

1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (should take less than 30 seconds) and stir in the cocoa & cacao powders, liquid sweetener and sea salt until smooth.

2. Place the bowl in the fridge for at least an hour, or in the freezer for 20 minutes until it hardens to a ganache-like consistency.

3. While the chocolate is in the fridge, make the truffle coating by mixing the coconut and spices in a small bowl or on a plate.

4. When the chocolate has hardened, form small 1/2 inch or so balls with your hands. Then, coat in the balls in the spice, coconut & sugar mix.  *This step is messy, just fyi! I’d definitely do it near a sink 🙂 

5. Let harden again in the fridge until ready to eat. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

For more quick & easy recipes or meal idea, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Have a great rest of your week😊

xo Jordan

Poolside Snackin’ with My/Mochi Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own!

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

Happy Tuesday, friends! I just landed back in LA from a weekend in DC for a wedding and ooooohhh baby was it HOT. We were planning on spending Sunday out and about and we actually just ended up hanging out poolside all day with my boyfriend’s friends and family!

Whether I’m at the beach or the pool, I alwaysss like to bring snacks. I mean, let’s be real, I always like to bring snacks no matter where I am😅 And though I try to bring foods that will fill me up (like protein & fiber-filled fruit/veggies/bars), summer to me basically means ICE CREAM. Life is about balance, right you guys?

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Mochi is one of my favorite ways to eat ice cream (it’s contained when it starts to melt, I don’t need a spoon, it’s pre-portioned, etc.) and My/Mochi Ice Cream is easily my go-to brand. They have 7 different flavors and judging from how insanely creamy and delicious the Sweet Mango and Mint Chip My/Mochi Ice Cream flavors were, I can only imagine what the others are like (I’m lookin’ at you, Salted Caramel & Strawberry).

If you’ve never had mochi before, it can be kind of hard to describe, but I’ll do my best and tell you that it’s like sinking your teeth into a magical ice cream pillow. For serious. I grabbed my boxes of My/Mochi Ice Cream at Safeway, but you can find them all over (just double check their Store Locator first!).

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

Aside from the convenience and ridiculously tasty flavors, My/Mochi Ice Cream is only 110 calories per serving, which makes it the perfect little sweet snack when you’re schvitzing through summer. They’re also kind of just, fun? I don’t know if that makes sense, but I personally think food is more enjoyable to eat when it offers some kind of experience, y’know what I mean?

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

So yeah, my ideal poolside summer essentials list would probably contain the following:

some SPF for my face/body

a v large water bottle

My/Mochi Ice Cream

a good book

cute sunnies

good company

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And there ya have it my friends! If you haven’t tried mochi before, or even if you have, I highly recommend trying My/Mochi Ice Cream because I promise you will fall in love. I can’t wait to try the other flavors – which one would you try first?!

xo Jordan

 

Air-Fried Donuts + *GIVEAWAY!*

Hello hello!!

Dancing for Donuts | Air-Fried Donuts + *GIVEAWAY* With ToBox!

I’m popping in quickly today to share two very exciting pieces of information with you!!

1) The recipe (if you can even call it that honestly…) for these essentially one-ingredient air-fried donuts is now live over on ToBox! We’ll call them two-ingredient because the glaze is powdered sugar, but they’re the easiest things to make regardless!

2) I’m actually giving away the exact air fryer I’m legit obsessed with (this one!) over on my Instagram so definitely head over there to enter!! The air fryer is actually out of stock at the moment, so that’s the only way you can get one😉 The giveaway runs through this Thursday (3/29) at 12pm PST – good luck!

Hope y’all have a fantastic week!

xo Jordan

4-Ingredient Chunky Monkey Cookies (With Golden Raisins!)

GUYS. I know I pretty much start every post by freaking out, but this time it’s actually warranted. In exactly one week at this time I’ll be home in New York with my family sitting on my couch drinking hot chocolate and looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations my parents have put up. I cannot WAIT.

Know what else I can’t wait for? The baking. Ohhhhh the Christmas baking is the BEST! My mom and I go ALL out. We make a mess, we laugh, ingredients get left out, things get burnt, but it might just be my favorite moment of the year. Do I sound like Cindy Lou Who, yet?

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Until then though, I’m trying to lay off the sweets as best as I possibly can since I know I’ll be indulging like it’s my job in just a few days. Since we all know I have a raging sweet tooth, that especially likes to pop up just when I’m trying to be good, I obviously still need some sort of dessert ’cause #letsbereal. These 4-ingredient cookies are quite possibly the most delicious healthy cookies I’ve ever eaten. They’re also gluten-free, vegan (if you use vegan chocolate chips!) and fairly low sugar (if you don’t use as heavy a hand as I did pouring in the chocolate and raisins…). They require about 15 minutes of work (max) and are even acceptable as breakfast. What could be better?!

Dancing for Donuts | 4-Ingredient Chunky Monkey Cookies With Golden Raisins.

4-Ingredient Chunky Monkey Cookies With Golden Raisins

1 cup quick oats (or rolled oats pulsed in a food processor 3x)

1 large ripe banana (not too ripe otherwise it’ll be too sweet!)

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (vegan if desired)

1/3 cup golden raisins

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and cover a baking sheet in parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mash the banana until smooth. Add in the oats and mix to combine. This might take a few minutes, but you’ll want to make sure it’s mixed evenly. Add the chocolate chips and raisins, and stir just until combined.

3. Form 1-2 inch balls with your hands and place on the baking sheet. The dough will be wet, but using a spatula will make sure you get all the batter, and since these cookies won’t spread much it’s okay to put them close together!

4. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Have a great rest of your week! 🙂

xo Jordan

Happy Valentine’s Day! [+ a last minute dessert idea]

Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!

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I know I disappeared last week, but I wanted to pop in and say how much I appreciate all of you, and that I hope you’re all doing something today with the people you love, whoever they may be! For me, Valentine’s day isn’t about being in a relationship, mostly because if you are then you should really be celebrating your love everyday…amiright?! I think it should be a day to be grateful for the people in your life and show them how much you care. Whether you’re out and about with a partner, hanging in with your girls and chillin’ it solo, don’t forget to do something for yourself, too 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Happy Valentine's Day! [+ a last minute dessert idea!]

White Chocolate Candy Hearts Popcorn

6 cups popped popcorn

1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

2 cups candy conversation hearts

1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second increments, being sure to stir at every interval. *I often check mine after 15 seconds when I think it’s almost done!

2. While the chocolate is melting, lay out your popcorn on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

3. Drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn, sprinkle on the candy hearts and top with the sprinkles. Let cool for 15 minutes.

4. Break up the popcorn into pieces and enjoy or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. <3

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

Friday Finds.

So. Close. To Christmas!

Another Friday is here, and thank goodness for that. I’ll be presenting my master’s thesis tomorrow morning and then it’s home free! Well, basically. I’ve been trying to keep a balance between eating all of the holiday cookies and cardio-ing my booty off. It’s a constant struggle. Here are some helpful holiday tips I’ve come across on the web lately including recipes, baking advice, and tips through making it through the month without getting a muffin top! Happy weekend reading 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

18 Unique Gift Ideas for Bakers – because who’s done present shopping yet? nobody.

11 Refreshing Smoothies for Your Post-Holiday Restart – yes please.

What a Fitness Guru’s Perfect Day of Eating Looks Like – how interesting!

5 Ways to Manage Stress This Season – valid for pretty much everyone.

12 Food that will be Super Trendy in 2016 – so down with all of these.

5 Tips to Bounce Back from the Weekend – have your cake & eat it, too!

17 Dessert Recipes Made With Veggies – don’t forget to have some!

Enjoy your weekends!

xo Jordan

Classic Key-Lime Pie.

I can’t think of a better way to say anything from Thank You to Happy Birthday, or I’m Sorry to I Love You, than with food.

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

There’s nothing better than giving someone something that reminds them of happiness and makes them nostalgic for a particular season or place. I recently made this key-lime pie for someone’s birthday and it made me smile just knowing that they got to enjoy their favorite thing. I always forget how easy pie is to make, but it really is one of the simplest and most delicious desserts. I have yet to tackle a fruit pie with a lattice top, but I think I may put that on my fall bucket list…

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

This pie comes together in about 10 minutes of prep-time (juicing the limes takes the longest) and it’s ridiculously satisfying. A tip – roll the limes on a table while firmly pressing down to help get the juices out and cut them lengthwise for easier holding. I also highly recommend buying the real graham crackers for the this crust instead of a generic brand. They just taste better 🙂

Classic Key-Lime Pie

1/4 cups finely ground graham crackers (about 1 sleeve)

5 tbsp butter

1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup lime juice (fresh or from a bottle)

2 tbsp lime zest

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until finely ground. Add in the butter and pulse until crumbly.

2. Press the graham cracker mixture into a pie pan in an even layer. Use the side of a drinking glass if needed. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool.

3. While the crust is baking, combine the egg yolks, condensed milk, lime juice and 1 tbsp of lime zest in a bowl and whisk for about 1 minute until slightly thickened. Pour into the baked graham cracker crust and top with the remaining lime zest.

4. Bake for 15 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven, then remove and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Top with whipped cream, if desired!

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

Hope y’all have a great week 🙂

xo Jordan