Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Hey y’all!! I’ve got a reallyyyy good recipe comin’ atcha today and it’s for a super easy snack that also gives you energy, helps combat stress, and contains all kinds of healthy fats!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

I don’t know about you, but I am OBSESSED with matcha right now. I remember my college roommate and best friend used to rave about it (hi Sanaa!) and I never really understood why, but now it’s literally all I want! And if you follow me on Instagram, you also know how much I love green tea mochi…UGH, the best.

But! I wanted to create a healthier snack that gave me my matcha fix! When I tried to new Ancient Nutrition Keto Matcha mix that they sent over, I flipped out a little. This stuff is SO good and blends incredibly well – I seriously feel like I’m at a coffee shop drinking one of the $6 ones they all have😳 And no, I’m not getting paid to post this, I just really love it! This recipe is only 5 ingredients and it makes such a yummy snack or dessert to have on hand!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Keto Matcha Coconut Bites

1 scoop Ancient Nutrition Keto Matcha (or 1 tbsp matcha powder)

2 tbsp maple syrup (I use the Brandless kind!)

6 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp melted coconut butter/manna

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (I buy mine in bulk from Sprouts!)

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until fully combined. Roll into 1 inch balls and store in the fridge in an airtight container until ready to eat!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Tell me, do you guys like matcha flavored things?! I don’t even know why it’s so good…it’s kind of subtle but when it’s sweetened a little bit, it’s magical!! Let me know if you guys decide to try these😊

xo Jordan

AB & J Bites

Hello Hello! Man, it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe on here…

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I know I’ve posted recipes for energy bites in the past, but they’re literally the easiest things to make ever AND can be a zillion different flavors. As I get into the swing of things with my new job and my schedule, I’m also getting back into meal prep and packing my lunches. As always, snacks are literally my best friend. Like when I tell you that every single day I make sure I have at least two snacks in my lunch bag, I am not kidding, guys😅

I’ve gotten pretty good at making a filling enough breakfast to last me until lunch, but some days I still get hungry around 11:30, or want a sweet treat at around 3pm. They have some snacks at work, but you know me, I like to pack my own so I know exactly what I’m eating and don’t get tempted to raid the cereal or candy!

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I’ve also learned that if I don’t have a snack that has protein in it, I’m screwed. So the aforementioned candy/cereal/crackers/whatever is out in the kitchen? Yeah, probably not going to cut it for me even if I do decide to indulge. Therefore, I either bring an energy bar (which is generally the norm) or I bring my own homemade version (which I’m trying to make the new norm). I know the prices for energy bars and such can actually be pretty great when they’re on sale, but they all have six thousand ingredients. Have you ever noticed that?! Larabars are definitely the cleanest (or RxBars, but I’m not a fan of the texture) aaaaand they’re also the easiest to make.

Some people have an issue with the dates in these things and look, I know they’re packed with sugar, but they’re also rich in fiber, vitamins, and iron, PLUS they help boost energy. There are obviously energy bite recipes made with oats and fewer dates, but I personally love the texture of these. They’re actually not all that sweet, I promise, and since they’re more filling, you’ll feel satisfied after just two or three.

TL;DR – Make these. They are cheap, and filling, and have lots of good-for-you ingredients😉

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

Almond Butter & Jelly Bites 

5-7 large pitted dates (best if fresh – I used Medjool)

1 1/2 cups raw almonds

2 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut butter, just because I love it, but you can’t really taste it!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries, crushed finely (I used my fingers)

up to 5 tbsp water (only as needed and add one tbsp at a time!)

1tsp Moon Deli Energy Tonic (optional)

1. In a food processor or high powered blender, add all ingredients except for freeze-dried strawberries and water. Pulse 2-3 times and then scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula.

2. Repeat until a dough-like consistency forms and feel free to add the water one tablespoon at a time if you’re having trouble blending the mixture, but be sure not to over-blend as some crunch will add texture!

3. Put the crushed strawberries on a plate and form the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball into the fruit to coat it and then softly press the strawberries into the bites so they don’t fall right off. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 10 days. 

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

More of my energy bite recipes:

Funfetti Protein Bites

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Gingerbread Bites

3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Bites

What snacks have you been loving lately? Are you someone who likes to make snacks or buy pre-made ones? I’m a mix of both – just depends on the week! Have a great rest of yours😊

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


Funfetti Protein Bites.

Wanna know the easiest way to make any day better? Sprinkles.

Dancing for Donuts | Funfetti Protein Bites.

And also peanut butter and chocolate. Good thing this recipe includes all three. And comes together in a jif, since this week is absolutely insane and I wouldn’t have more than 15 minutes to make anything if tried. These bites are perfect for whipping up during your Sunday meal prep, or on a night when you’re craving something sweet, but don’t want to mess up you hard work at the gym that day. Feel free to swap out the chocolate chips and sprinkles raisins or the peanut butter for almond, if that’s your style!

Dancing for Donuts | Funfetti Protein Bites.

Funfetti Protein Bites

1 cup oats (I used quick, but rolled works too!)

1/4 cup honey

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

1/4 cup chocolate chips or chunks

  1. In a large bowl, add the oats, honey, peanut butter and almond milk. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. It may take a few minutes for the peanut butter to coat everything, but keep stirring!

2. Add the rainbow sprinkles and chocolate chips and stir to distribute in the batter.

3. Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 1 inch across. Repeat until the mixture is gone and freeze for at least 30 minutes (should make between 14 and 18 depending on size!). Store in a container in the freezer or fridge for up to one week.

Dancing for Donuts | Funfetti Protein Bites.

Hope you’re all having wonderful weeks!!!

xo Jordan

Meal-Prep Monday.

I suppose that title is somewhat of a lie, considering I actually prepped all of my meals yesterday, but the point is that you can really do this any day! I find that if I set aside just a couple of hours (at the very most) to prep my meals and snacks for the week, I’m much more likely to stick to healthy eating and actually save a lot of money, too. Although it’s not very pretty, here’s a look at what I make every Sunday evening so that I can save myself the trouble throughout the week when my schedule gets a bit crazy…

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1. A big batch of quinoa – I bring 1 cup of white quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water in a large saucepan. Once it boils, i set it to a simmer for about 10 minutes, keeping an eye on it so that it doesn’t dry out! I put it in a tupperware and store it in the fridge so that I can have it throughout the week in grain bowls (recipe coming this week!). Sometimes I’ll even portion it out in smaller containers to bring with me to work or school.

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2. Beans – I seriously can’t get enough of my sriracha roasted chickpeas, so I always make a batch of those at least twice a week. I also like to have black beans and great white northern beans on hand to throw into salads, grain bowls, or zoodles, too. They’re a great source of fiber and protein, and I love the texture they add. Another plus? They’re crazy cheap. I buy them dried and in bulk, soak them overnight, and then boil them up for about 25 minutes or until soft.

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3. Chopped veggies and fruit to freeze for smoothies. I’ve quickly become addicted to the carrot cake smoothie I posted about last week, so I’ve started portioning out the ingredients ahead of time to save myself some trouble in the morning. I buy a 1lb. bag of large carrots and chop them up to freeze. I put 3 smoothies worth of carrots, walnuts and shredded coconut in Ziplocs and kept the rest together. (I only made 3 in advance for my days at work, but you can do as many as you’d like! The fruit/veggies will stay fresh in the freezer no matter what.)

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4. A batch of energy bites. I grab two of these babies every single morning before I hit the gym. I’m barely awake when I leave for my workout, but if there’s one thing I know it’s that I need fuel. I’ll usually have one more afterwards when I get home, or a couple before bed too as a sweet treat. Having them on hand (since they keep well in the fridge in an airtight container) makes them the perfect snack.

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And there you have it! I actually also prepped two servings of chia pudding for this week, but I haven’t photographed those yet since the recipe will be up soon. I hope I gave you some ideas for making your week a little bit easier and healthier! Until next time, friends 🙂

xo Jordan

Energy Bites.

Dancing for Donuts | Energy Bites

Ahh, the start of a new week. It’s only noon on a Monday and I’ve already dropped a container of oats on my laptop (completely screwing up my keyboard) and vacuumed up my entire phone charger (ruined that, too). But you know, it’s okay. Because I made these today and they were really, really good.

Prior to the technology fiasco that ensued earlier, I did whip up a batch of toasted, unsweetened coconut. I don’t know if you’ve ever done that before (325 degrees F for ~10 minutes on a baking sheet) but if not, I highly recommend it.

Dancing for Donuts | Toasted Coconut

I’d say that the toasted coconut and peanut butter combination are what makes these little bites a winner in my book. You can really add whatever you want (or remove it) to this recipe as long as you keep the honey/nut butter base. Another good tip: wet your hands before molding them, it helps a looooot.

Energy Bites
(Adapted from Cooking Classy)

1/2 cup of peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/3 honey or agave
1tsp vanilla extract 
1 cup oats
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or any small dried fruit)
3/4 cup of toasted coconut

1. Combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until completely incorporated.
3. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes.
4. Dampen hands and mold bites as large or small as you’d like (mine are about 1/2in).
5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy! 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Energy Bites