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

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

Pesto Hummus (Or the Dip/Dressing I’ve Been Putting on EVERYTHING)

Hello hello, beautiful people!!

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

I know it’s been a minute since I shared a recipe on here – truth be told, I’ve been cooking up a store but 1) it’s mostly been in the dark after work and 2) it was nothing super interesting. I have to say though, I did a huge haul from Thrive Market (not sponsored – oh how I wish😂) and just having some new-to-me ingredients has been fun! Stay tuned for some of those coming in a favorites roundup next week…

Another thing I found myself eating almost on the daily was a version of this homemade pesto hummus. I’ll let you in a on a little secret – when I’m running low on groceries I tend to throw random things together on top of quinoa to bring to work for lunch. Occasionally it’s gross, but usually it’s fine. This time? It was GOLD. Last week I saw that we had a container of hummus and one with pesto and was like DING DING DING LET’S DO THIS. I swirled them together, thinned it out with a little warm water, and boom. Mucho flavor, fiber and protein.

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

While I proceeded to put this dressing/dip situation on every lunch I ate for the following four days, it did occur to me that I could probably make it myself, and with cleaner ingredients to boot. Store-bought pesto can be extremely convenient, but I also know it has a ton of unnecessary sodium and usually some other added business. No bueno. This week I made my own pesto hummus and UGH. It was delicious. I added walnuts instead of pine nuts because that ish is expensive and put a bunch of lemon since warmer weather makes me crave citrus. I think if you wanted to, you could add greek yogurt to this for a thicker, creamier dip, or thin it out for a salad dressing kind of thing. V versatile, v easy, v tasty.

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

Pesto Hummus

juice of 1 lemon

1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 – 1/4 cup water (just add a little at a time!)

1/4 cup walnuts

1 tsp sea salt

1 clove garlic

1. In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and pulse until as liquified as possible.

2. Store in an airtight container (like a mason jar!) in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy on salads or with veggies as a dip!

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

Well there ya have it, friends. I’m not much of a condiments person (I can’t tell ya why, honestly) but this sauce I can get behind! What’s your favorite thing to top a salad with?!

xo Jordan

 

5-Ingredient Falafel (Air Fried or Baked!)

I seriously can’t believe it’s already April, you guys. Where is this year going!?!?

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Don’t get me wrong, I’m super pumped for summer, but that fact that it’s April means that I’ve already been living with my boyfriend for 5 months, working at my new job for over a month, and this year is already a quarter over. That is nuts!!! In all honesty though, I really love spring because to me, it feels like a fresh start. Y’all know we don’t totally get a winter in LA, but it has been chillier this year than any other year I’ve lived here (all 7 of ’em!), and with a bunch of changes this year I’ve found myself feeling slightly overwhelmed and out of whack. Spring means I can re-visit the goals I set for myself in the new year and establish new intentions for the months ahead. 2018 has been pretty damn wonderful so far, so I’m PUMPED to see what the rest of it has in store!

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

But in any case, going back to what I was saying about feeling a bit out of sorts, the first thing I turn to when I need to get my a$$ back in gear is my meals. That being said though, the first thing to go when my schedule gets crazy is the grocery shopping (especially since my boyfriend and I usually do our shopping together in one trip). It’s because of this that I’m trying to get more resourceful with healthy, simple meals like my go-to quinoa salad with whatever veggies we’ve got in the fridge or breakfast-for-dinner. Over the weekend, I realized that all we really had for my lunches was some quinoa, bell peppers, and veggie burgers, but then I noticed a can of chickpeas in the pantry! BINGO.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

With that can of chickpeas, oats (also in my pantry), an onion (something we alwaysssss have on hand!) and some spices, I made myself a meal! Well sort of – when I paired it with the quinoa and veggies, that is😉 I air-fried these falafel, but you can just as easily make them in the oven! I like air frying them because they get that nice crisp on the outside with no oil, but it’s totally up to you – maybe I’ll try baking them next to see what happens! They’re vegan, gluten-free, and I made a super simple sauce to pair them with by taking hummus, watering it down slightly with warm water, and squeezing half a lemon over the top.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

5-Ingredient Falafel

(inspired by this recipe!)

1 can can organic chickpeas (rinsed)

1/3 onion, roughly chopped

1/3 cup oat flour (blend gluten-free rolled oats in a food processor/blender)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

pinch sea salt (optional but recommended!)

1. In a food processor, add the chickpeas, oat flour, onion, cumin, garlic powder, and salt (if desired). Pulse until a sort of dough sorts to form.

2. Form the ‘dough’ into 1 inch balls and place the balls in an even layer in the air fryer basket.

3. Air fry for 15 minutes at 370 degrees fahrenheit (or bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit on a greased baking sheet for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through). Enjoy right away or store for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Well there ya have it folks! What about you – what’s your go-to lunch or dinner when you’re running super low on groceries? I think we all could use a few more ideas!

xo Jordan

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

GUYS. We are 5 DAYS from Christmas. I repeat: 5. Days.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

To say I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m literally counting down the minutes until I get to see family and friends, bake a crap ton of cookies with my mom, and spend my first holiday ever with my boyfriend. PUMPED.

Okay now that I’ve exploded with holiday cheer, let’s move on to more pressing matters: these COOKIES. Let me express to you just how good they are – I’m rationing them so that I don’t run out before I go home for the holidays. Like instead of shoveling them all in my mouth at once, I’m actually savoring them bite by bite and THAT is saying a lot. And before you go thinking I’m all full of myself and stuff because I made a recipe that is full on inspiring me to possibly open up a bakery someday, I just want you to know that I legitimately set out to make these as an experiment and thought they might turn out terrible and crumbly and dry like lots of healthy desserts are…but! Thank cookies could not be more opposite of that.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I don’t even know how these have zero dairy in them…it’s kind of mind-blowing. And they 110% do NOT crumble. Isn’t that nuts?! That’s like my biggest pet peeve with some shortbread recipes. I think the best thing about these guys, aside from them being vegan friendly, is that they’re just the riiiiight amount of sweetness. Apparently there are people in this world that don’t love desserts and sugary things (WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM), but these are the perfect cookies for those people.

And I know these are super Christmas-y or seasonal or what have you, but I think that’s what makes them perfect for the holidays. I think we all tend to OD on the rich stuff, the peppermint and chocolate and pecan and all that, so to have something a bit lighter as an option is nice! I know lavender isn’t something people always have on hand, but this recipe coupled with my lavender almond milk latté should give you enough reason to stock up now😉

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil (cooled & hard – pop it in the freezer for a sec if you need to!)

1/3 cup natural powdered sugar (*check this list for vegan sugar brands!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp Lavender Flowers *go for culinary grade!

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp non-milk – coconut, almond, soy, etc.

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (ideal, but if you don’t have any just use lots of coconut oil!).

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar and sea salt with a fork until all the sugar is combined and light & fluffy (might take a minute or so depending on your arm!).

3. Add the lavender flowers, then the flour 1/3 cup at a time and use your hands or the fork to combine. Don’t use an electric mixer for this one!

4. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and be careful not to not overmix! The dough may seem dry but try not to add any extra liquid here as it will mess with the consistency of the cookies.

5. Lightly dust a cutting board or clean surface with flour. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, mason jar, or glass to form the cookies into shapes.

6. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. *Check on them at 10 minutes just in case! You’ll want to take them out when they’re juuuuust starting to brown on the edges. They overbake quickly!

7. Let cool completely before noshing – I promise they’ll taste better this way! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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So that’s it for today my loves! Thanks for stopping by – I so appreciate every single one of you and I know I don’t say it enough.

Have a Happy Humpday!

xo Jordan


Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Hello friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

How is everyone doing?! Counting down to the holidays like me? This season tends to be extra crazy at work what with prepping content ahead of time to accommodate everyone’s vacation schedules (I work in social media marketing), so a vacation will be much needed when we finally get to it! I’m not gonna lie though, I always love the weeks leading up to Christmas (and Hanukkah!) because they’re so fun and festive. We went to our first holiday party last weekend and have another this weekend and I don’t think anything beats mulled wine and Christmas cookies.

That being said, I am trying to make sure I’m taking care of my health before things really ramp up, much like I was before Thanksgiving, because I tend to crave only sweets around this time and unfortunately that just ain’t gonna cut it, sister. I’ve been adding extra greens to my smoothies, extra veggies to my lunch, and trying to get my sweat on in some capacity every single day. Since we all know I’m a big snacker, especially when I need to fuel myself through a workout, ideally I like to combine my sweet tooth with my commitment to my health. And can I tell you? It’s actually reallyyyyy easy to make super delicious “treats” that are full of nourishing ingredients. Just ask my boyfriend – I told him these brownie bites were healthy and his mind was blown. He literally said, “but they don’t taste healthy.” MISSION. ACCOMPLISHED.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I know “healthy” is a relative term, but if chia seeds, rolled oats and nut butter aren’t good for you, I’m not sure what is. These are gluten-free (as long as your oats are) and packed with an insane amount of protein. They also take about 6 minutes from start to finish which is kind of outrageous. My absolute favorite part of them, though? The collagen.

I’ve started incorporating Further Food collagen into my diet (as I mentioned in my November favorites!) and this stuff continues to blow my mind. Dairy free, gluten free, non-GMO, sugar free and organic, collagen helps improve gut health, bone strength, and hair/skin/nails. Apparently in our 20’s we start producing less collagen than before, which can lend itself to saggy, wrinkly skin, weak bones, and achey joints. Nooooo thank you. By adding collagen into our diets through supplementation, we can help prevent and reverse this process. AND! And. It has protein, which helps keep you full and can prevent overeating. Yes. Please.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I’ve been loving Further Food because it has absolutely no taste and dissolves completely. This means I can put it in my coffee, smoothie, oatmeal, yogurt, hot cocoa, fancy golden milk latté, or even WATER without even noticing. Now that’s something you definitely cannot do with protein powder. If you want to try this stuff, and I promise you won’t be disappointed, you can use my code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off! If you don’t, which is totally cool, I would just swap at the collagen in the recipe below for another tbsp of the chocolate protein powder. You won’t get all the awesome extra benefits, though😉

Anywayssssss, these little babies are basically winter goodness in a ball, and they are perfect for when you’re craving something slightly sweet! They’re kind of like how dark chocolate is – a bit sweet but not too much so. If you like things on the sweeter side, I might add a touch more honey. Up to you, though!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

(makes ~12)

1/2 cup oat flour (just pulse oats in a food processor!)

2 tbsp chocolate protein powder (Garden Of Life is my fave)

1 serving collagen

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp almond milk

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp ground chia seeds (whole works, too!)

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until wet are completely mixed with dry. Use your fingers if you’ve got to, and if it feels too dry after about 30 seconds of mixing, add a touch more almond milk. You shouldn’t need any, though 🙂

2. Shape into 1 inch balls and let harden in the fridge for at least one hour (or freeze ’em for 30 minutes!). Will keep in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

That’s all for today, beauties. Hope you’re having a great week!!

xo Jordan


Lavender Almond Milk Latté

Hello beautiful people!

Dancing for Donuts | Lavender Almond Milk Latté

How is everyone doing today?! I know things have been pretty busy over here trying to get ready for holiday vacation, but I’ve been doing my best to enjoy this time before Christmas when things are kind of extra magical and festive! I definitely need to make my usual holiday cookies and other winter-themed goodies, but lately I’ve been sipping on this lavender latté I’ve made on the daily with a lavender simple syrup I whipped up last week while playing Billie Holiday…it was kind of the most perfect night ever, tbh.

We were recently given a GINORMOUS bag of lavender from one of Alex’s family members who was staying on a farm a bit north of LA, and we weren’t quite sure how to use it. After getting some of your opinions on Instagram, I decided to go with a simple syrup since we can use that to flavor anything like coffee drinks, cocktails, and even food! I don’t actually keep regular white sugar in the house (although I’ll need to stock up if I’m going to make my Christmas cookies!), but I did have coconut sugar. And from there, the coconut sugar lavender simple syrup was born!

The simple syrup takes all of about 10 minutes to make + cooling time, and the latté is super quick, too! It’s not overly sweet, so sometimes I’ll actually add a half of a stevia packet too, if that’s the kind of drink I’m craving. If you’re not into coffee at all (regular or decaf…which I’ve been making in the afternoon!), you could totally just leave it out and make warm lavender almond milk. That actually sounds kind of amazing?!

Dancing for Donuts | Lavender Almond Milk Latté

Coconut Sugar Lavender Simple Syrup

1 cup water

2 cup coconut sugar

2 tbsp lavender flowers

1. In a saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of water over high. Once boiling, add in the coconut sugar and lavender flowers, and lower the heat to medium. Continue to stir so the mixture doesn’t burn for about 10 minutes. *You’re technically supposed to use a candy thermometer here, but homegirl doesn’t have fancy tools like that in the kitchen…

2. After about 8-10 minutes, remove the pan from heat and let it cool. Pour into a mason jar over a strainer to strain out the flowers. Store in the fridge for up to a month.

Almond Milk Latté

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1-2 shots of espresso or 1/2 cup coffee

1 tbsp coconut sugar lavender simple syrup (recipe above!)

1. Heat the almond milk in a mug in the microwave for 1 minute (or over stove in a saucepan, but it’s slower!). Use a  frother to make the milk super creamy. *If you don’t have one of these, I highlyyyyy recommend getting one!! I use mine everyday. Otherwise, you can use some muscle power and a whisk!

2. Add in your espresso or coffee, lavender simple syrup and stir to combine. If desired, add extra sweetener like stevia or honey.

p.s. I only topped mine with the lavender because it looked so crazy beautiful, but if you decide to do that (for Instagram, duh), I would suggest removing the flowers before drinking. They don’t taste amazing straight up!

Dancing for Donuts | Lavender Almond Milk Latté

Have you guys ever made anything with lavender before?! We still have so much left and I don’t know what to make! Edible or not. Maybe sachets, or some bath scrub? Let me know in the comments 🙂

xo Jordan

 

Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls [for an Immaculate Thanksgiving!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Immaculate Baking Co, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

At first I thought it was crazy to even be thinking about anything having to do with Thanksgiving, but like…it’s in 2 weeks guys.

For the first time in SIX years, I’ll be heading home for Thanksgiving and I seriously cannot WAIT. One of my favorite things in the entire world is cooking/baking with my mom, but since we don’t get to do it very often anymore, we literally start planning our menu weeks (and sometimes months…) in advance. I usually test out a few recipes before my trips home and pick the one or two I really love so that I can make them for my family. And, as much as I hate to toot my own horn, these crescent rolls are kiiiiind of out of control.

And by kind of, I mean they are melt-in-your-mouth, “give me a 2nd one stat”, make your kitchen smell amaaaazing, out of control.

(For $1 off your next purchase of Immaculate Baking Co. products, head here!)

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

If you’re really looking for the convenience factor this holiday season (and let’s face it, who isn’t?!) you seriously need to pick up some of Immaculate Baking Co’s cookie dough, crescent roll dough or pie crust because they make it so stinkin’ easy, guys. They even have gluten-free cookie dough, so when I’m home and need to bake for my gluten-free (almost)sister-in-law, my stress levels will be at an all-time low. We’re talkin’ basically zero which is RARE when it comes to holiday baking, #amiright?

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

Made with the Immaculate Baking Co organic crescent roll dough, these pumpkin-pie rolls come together in just a few minutes and all things considered, aren’t all that bad for you! I love that the dough is organic because certain family members of mine really value eating organic foods, and in comparison to other crescent roll doughs I’ve tried, these are super soft and ever-so-slightly sweet. Paired with organic cream cheese, canned pumpkin, and coconut sugar, these make the perfect treat for breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack, or post-dinner sweet. If you have a ton of guests, or just want extras for seconds, this recipe is also really easy to double or even triple!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

Easiest Pumpkin-Pie Crescent Rolls 

1 tube of Immaculate Baking Organic Crescent Roll Dough (makes 8)

2 oz. organic cream cheese (can be low-fat if you really want, but also #treatyoself)

1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie mix!

7 tbsp coconut sugar – 4 for the filling, 3 for the topping

1 tbsp cinnamon (+ 1 tsp for the topping)

1 tbsp pumpkin pie mix (+1 tsp for the topping)

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Roll the crescent roll dough onto an un-greased baking sheet covered in parchment (if you have it!) and separate the triangles.

2. In a medium sized bowl, beat together the cream cheese, pumpkin, 4 tbsp of coconut sugar, and spices until creamy. Spoon one tbsp of filling onto each triangle of dough and spread into an even layer in the middle.

3. Roll the triangles up from the wider end to the skinnier end. Don’t be afraid if some of the filling seeps out, it’s all good!

4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining spices and coconut sugar. Using a tablespoon, carefully shake the topping mix onto each roll (about 1/2 tablespoon of coating for each).

5. Pop ’em in the oven for 15 minutes then remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day. *I’d reheat them for 10 seconds or so in the microwave if they’ve been chilled!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

I hope y’all get to make these soon! I honestly may make them again this weekend because they were a major crowd pleaser when I made them the first-time. For $1 off your next purchase of Immaculate Baking Co. products, head here! They have a store locator on their page too, so it makes it easy to track them down. I got mine at Sprouts (aka my favorite grocery store of all time).

That’s all for today friends, have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan


 

 

Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies [Gluten-Free!]

Oh, hello there!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

I apologize for being semi-MIA these past few days, I’ve been out on the east coast hanging with my family in my all-time favorite place in the entire world, the Outer Banks in North Carolina!! I’ve been coming here since I was a toddler and I have so many wonderful memories of coming here with friends and family, and being here instantly re-charges my batteries.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite things to do while I’m on vacation, especially when it’s with my mom, is cook or bake! Since we stay in our beach house down here, we have access to a full kitchen (which can be rare on vacations), so home-cooked dinners & desserts are easier and more fun to make. My mom recently came across this recipe for whole-grain chocolate chip cookies in the Wall Street Journal and we knew we needed to make them. I’ll be honest, we don’t usually opt for healthier versions of anything while we’re in OBX (because hey, we’re on vacation!), but we do have someone new joining our family very soon, and she has Celiac’s, so we’re working on incorporating more gluten-free foods when we’re all together. (Wait…did I tell you my brother was engaged?!?!)

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anyway, these cookies are slightly healthier than normal chocolate chip cookies since they’re made with oat and buckwheat flour – both of which are packed with fiber and help improve heart health. A couple of tips: I’d let them cool completely before putting them into a tupperware (unless you’re eating them immediately when they’re warm, which I definitely condone!) otherwise they’ll crumble. Also, if you can remember, leave the butter out the night before you want to bake so that it’s super soft and you won’t even need to use an electric beater! That’s one less dish to clean aka a win-win.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

In any case, I totally suggest making these the next time you need to bring or have dessert for a group, since this recipe makes about 2 dozen good size cookies and I can promise you that they are a crowd-pleaser! Even my very skeptical bf enjoyed them, and that is saying a LOT. They’re the perfect amount of sweetness and have so much more flavor to them than regular cookies. They also have a cool texture too, like a bit crunchy on the outside, but also fluffy on the inside? It’s hard to explain, which essentially means that you’ll just need to make them for yourself and see 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup oat flour

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

1 cup coconut sugar

1 cup softened butter

1/4 cup peanut or almond butter

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and egg until smooth either with an electric beater or wooden spoon and strong arm. Add the dry mixture slowly and continue to mix until well-combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans, if including.

3. Form the dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. I did a dozen per sheet since they don’t spread too much, but definitely err on the side of caution when leaving room for them! Bake for 12-14 minutes or until starting to brown on the sides. Let cool for 10 minutes and then store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope everyone is having a great (short) week! Be back soon 🙂

xo Jordan