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.

 

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Have a great rest of your week😊

xo Jordan

Cocoa & Nut Butter Donuts with Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

Hello and Happy Humpday, My Friends!!

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Nut Butter Donuts With Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a donut recipe up on here, so I figured we were due😏 If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile now (we’re talkin’ years, people) then you’ll know I used to bake a looooot. Like I mean a LOT. Making healthier versions of my favorite treats was one of my favorite activities and I loved sharing them with friends.

Well, that was back in the day when I was a) exercising a whole lot more and for a living, basically and b) in my earlier 20’s and had the metabolism of a horse. Now, things are a bit different and truth be told, I don’t trust myself around a batch of treats 9 times out of 10. However! I did make these in advance of having some company over, so that was good motivation to not eat all 6 of these donuts at once😬 And I can tell you, everyone freakin’ LOVED them…so I know you will, too.

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Nut Butter Donuts With Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

I made these donuts using 4th and Heart’s Chocti Passionfruit Ghee and just a quick word before we get to the recipe – 4th and Heart makes the BEST ghee I’ve ever tasted you guys. I’m not blowing sunshine and this post is not sponsored in any way, I just legitimately am obsessed with every single one of their products. The Madagascar Vanilla Bean has completely changed my toast game and the California Garlic is our new favorite for sautéed veggies.

Sooooo if you’re wondering, “Jordan what if I want to make these donuts but don’t have this ghee?” I will tell you that you can absolutely 100% make them, just sub it for plain ol’ coconut oil or ghee in the donut dough, and for the glaze? Idk maybe just melt a bunch of chocolate chips and drip them on there or something. Easy peasy.

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Nut Butter Donuts With Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

Cocoa & Nut Butter Donuts

3/4 cup whole wheat, white or oat flour

2 tbsp. peanut flour (I used PB2)

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1 whole egg

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup almond milk (or cashew or coconut milk)

3 tbsp. almond butter (the runnier the better!)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. 4th and Heart Chocti Passionfruit Ghee (or plain ghee) + more for glazing

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a donut pan with coconut oil or ghee. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, peanut flour, baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, honey, milk, vanilla, ghee and almond butter.

2. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, but be sure not to overmix. Using a spoon or piping bag, fill the donut trays evenly (this recipe makes 6 medium-sized donuts.

3. Bake for 10 minutes and let sit for at least another 10 minutes to cool.

4. Once donuts have cooled, frost the top of each with a thin layer of 4th and Heart Chocti Passionfruit Ghee (or any of their other amazing Chocti flavors!). A little goes a very long way, so start with just a teaspoon or so and spread with a knife. You’ll see what I mean 🙂

5. Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to three days.

And there ya have it! I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but I promise it’s one of the easiest things to make. Let me know in the comments if there’s a certain kind of donut you’d like me to recreate! I definitely want to do more of those recipes on here😊

xo Jordan

More of My Donut Recipes:

Air-Fried Donuts

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts

Birthday Funfetti Donuts


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


Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!! Is anyone else counting down to Christmas?!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

It’s just barely starting to feel like fall here in LA (though it’ll be 80 degrees tomorrow, so scratch that…) and I’m so beyond ready to check out, sit in front of a fire, and eat some Christmas cookies. Who’s with me?!

Before we jump into today’s finds, I just want to send my love to everyone in SoCal who’s been affected by these crazy a$$ fires that are displacing people and animals left and right. The first responders & firefighters are legitimately blowing my mind with their ability to fight these things (there were 4 at once people. That’s INSANE.) and keep us safe. If you’d like to help, here’s a good resource for finding out how, and if any of you are in the area and need anything help from me personally, PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out. I’m far enough south to be able to round up goods and bring them to you, house your dogs or cats, whatever you need!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others – PLEASE. please. This is something I’ve gotten muuuuch better at over the years, but I still need help, as I think we all do in this era of social media!

Maple Pistachio Granola – This sounds heavenly! I love that it’s not 8 thousand ingredients and is relatively low sugar.

3 Non-Boozy Drinks *Everyone* Can Enjoy – Let’s be honest, I’m not a big drinker, but I loooooove drinks. And also holding onto something at parties, y’know?

Cardamom-Spiced Pear Crumble – Crumble is one of those desserts I think is so beyond perfect for winter. Especially when you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top😏

Gluten Free Cutout Cookies – More allergen free recipes because I think literally everyone should be in on the holiday cookie fun!!

5 Feng Shui & Decluttering Hacks for a High Vibe Home – This one’s mainly for couples, but honestly, anyone could use these tips…! *raises hand

Why Gut Health Matters & How to Clean Up a Dirty Diet – A super informative read. Definitely need to work on this!

xo Jordan

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

Hello and Happy Humpday!

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

As someone who used to have a non-traditional job for 5 years, it’s still weird for me sometimes to think of weeks as Monday through Friday, and weekends as actual weekends… but anywho, where I’m going with this is that sometimes you need a lil somethin’ somethin’ to spruce up a weekday since counting down the minutes until the weekend is no way to live, y’all.

I made these donuts last Sunday when I had some extra time to myself, and having them as a mid-week treat has seriously brightened up an otherwise fairly boring day. I’m also not one of those people who like, waits until Sunday to treat themselves (food wise), because screw that, I deserve to treat myself whenever I want to and SO DO YOU. That being said, these donuts are the perfect sweet treat when you don’t want to completely derail your diet since they’re full of protein and have clean ingredients, save for the chocolate chips, which are optional if you’re boring…or just don’t like chocolate 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

I recently got my hands some of the Rootz Nutrition paleo protein superfood in Chocolate Banana Nut and I can confidently say that I have upped my smoothie game. I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I absolutely hate when protein powders have a chalk-like taste (as does everyone, I’m sure), but when I find a protein powder that actually tastes incredible, I obviously have to share it with you. I also don’t think I’ve heard of a single protein powder in this flavor, so that’s a win for sure.

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

Besides taste though, I love that the Rootz products are paleo-friendly so even though I’m not actually paleo (because #labelfree), the ingredients are crazy clean. This particular powder also contains completely undetectable greens like chlorella, spirulina, kale, broccoli and spinach. Now I don’t know about you, but I can guarantee I don’t actually eat all of those veggies on any given day, so the fact that I can throw them in my food in a delicious chocolate-y way is kind of amazing. *If you want 10% off at Rootz, there’s a coupon code at the bottom of this post 😉

Since this stuff has so many awesome benefits, I’ve been trying to find new ways to incorporate it into my diet because as much as I would love to have smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that’s probably not actually the most nutritious option. After browsing Pinterest for allllll the donut recipes, I kind of mushed some of them together to come up with this one. I’ll be honest, I did a pretty good job guys. These have the perfect amount of sweetness, stay moist for days when you keep them in the fridge, and are just the right size for when you want a little treat. Plus, they’re DONUTS which makes them feel extra special, y’know?

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

1 egg

1/4 cup peanut or almond butter

1 large ripe banana

2 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil

3 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp Rootz Nutrition Paleo Chocolate Banana Nut Protein (or any protein powder)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and coat the bottom of a donut tin (mini or regular) with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mash the banana and stir in the nut butter, melted coconut oil and egg until completely combined and mostly smooth. *You can put the ingredients in a blender if you’d prefer, but sometimes I like not having to do the extra dishes!

3. Add the coconut flour, protein powder, baking powder, vanilla and cinnamon, and stir until well-combined, but careful to not overmix! If you’d like, you can fold in the chocolate chips here, or use them later as a drizzle on top like I did.

4. Using a spoon (and a wet finger), fill each donut cavity about halfway with batter. I like to fill mine just slightly over half so they’re a bit bigger 😉 Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until dough is firm.

5. Let donuts cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. You’ll want to run a spoon along the edges to make sure the donut hasn’t stuck to the pan, then carefully spoon each donut onto a plate or wire rack to finish cooling.

6. If you’d like, you can melt the chocolate chips in a bowl with a touch of coconut oil (I’d heat them for about 20 seconds at a time), and then drizzle the melted chocolate over the donuts once completely cooled. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and pop in the microwave for 15 seconds before eating!

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

If y’all want 10% off your next Rootz order, just use the code DANCINGFORDONUTS at checkout! Let me know if you try it, I know you’ll love it 🙂

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #3)

Hi friends! I’m back with another day of eats for y’all!

This post is definitely not meant for anyone to compare their eats to, just to get ideas for some quick, healthy and easy meals! My meals and snacks definitely vary from day to day, and this is an example of a lighter day for me since I didn’t workout at all. You should absolutely feel confident in your choices to nosh on whatever you’d like, everyone is different 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

So I usually chug a bunch of cold water each morning right when I wake up, but lately I’ve been trying to add some lemon since it tastes delicious and I’ve heard it’s amazing for our bodies. Will keep you posted on that if I make it a habit (here’s hoping!). After that, I make some coffee in our french press and froth some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond milk to have with it (plus a touch of stevia!). I don’t know about you, but coffee in the morning makes me SO damn happy. Like sometimes before I go to sleep I think about how excited I am to wake up and make some because it’s so delicious…is that crazy? (Yes Jordan, yes it is.)

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

Most mornings for the past few months, I’ll make a green smoothie as close to Kelly Leveque’s Fab 4 recipes that I can get. My go-to recipe has kind of a ton of ingredients but I’ll tell you anyway because it’s incredible: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder Garden of Life Greens and Protein Powder, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 frozen banana, 3 frozen strawberries, 1 cup greens (kale or spinach), 1 tbsp Maca Powder, 1 tbsp Chia Seeds, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and water to thin as needed. It. Is. AWESOME. And I love that I can throw so many nutrient-packed items in there to start my day off on the right foot. Whoever invented smoothies is a genius.

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My smoothie kept me full until noon which was pretty rad since sometimes I need at snack at 11am (which is fine, too!) but today I just had an earlier lunch. I’ve been making quinoa with some salad and I pop it in the microwave with some frozen turkey meatballs from TJ’s (bless that store) and top it with their autumn harvest pasta sauce. It’s a pretty solid lunch with minimal meal prep, so I’ll take it!

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

I did get hungry mid-afternoon so I grabbed one of my Shine Organics superfood pouches in PURIFY just to tide me over until dinner. These pouches are so freaking delicious, like applesauce but tastier and more nutrient-dense, so I downed it probably point 2 seconds but since I knew I wouldn’t be working out that night (all about those rest days!), a smaller snack was perfect. P.s. if you want $1 off your next box of Shine Organics, click this link! You can get them at Target 😉

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

Dinner was pretty simple since my boyfriend is out of town – he usually does the fancy cooking! I’ve been obsessed with the Dr. Praeger veggie burgers on Ezekiel toast with hummus + a side salad. Fully aware this looks like the dinner of a broke college student, but I’m telling you, it’s delicious. I’ve tried a ton of veggie burgers, but these are hands down my favorite!

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

To finish out the night, I had to quell my raging sweet tooth obviously, so I went with a Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar (LOVE these). I meant to only have a couple of squares but had half the bar…oops. But also I’m owning it because if you want some chocolate on a casual Tuesday night, do that.

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

And that’s it, y’all. I wanna hear about you, what have you been eating & loving these days?! Sometimes I eat the same things everyday and then I’ll get in a huge rut, so give me ideas! 🙂

xo Jordan

Fall Foodie Haul!

Aaaaand we’re back to Monday, just like that.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

I had a rather productive weekend, to be honest. I did my fair share of Netflix-ing for sure, but I also accomplished a lot of things on my to-do list (ie. grocery shopping, organizing, getting some work done, etc.). And a quick life update – we got the apartment of our dreams!!! I signed the lease Saturday and we move in at the end of the month so I am PUMPED. Know what else I’m pumped for? This weather to stop being 90 degrees. Like I kid you not, I drove to east LA this weekend and it hit 98 degrees on my way. That is not October weather, people!! Looks like it’s going to cool down soon though, and I just did a massive pumpkin-themed haul so things are getting festive UP. IN. HERE.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

I wanted to share with you some of the most delicious fall foods I’ve tried lately because damn they are good. I did buy a few other things, but they unfortunately didn’t make the cut because I wasn’t all that big of a fan. So, I’ll just leave those out and tell you what I am absolutely LOVING right now that’s getting me in the mood for my favorite season…

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

FitJoy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars (Gluten-Free) – Guys if you could’ve SEEN my face when I bit into one of these for the first time…like a kid on Christmas because yes, these are THAT good. I will be honest with you, so many bars I’ve tasted that claim to be “birthday cake” or like, “red velvet” flavored have not made my taste buds very happy, so I was slightly skeptical of these holding up their name. But I will tell you right now, you need to order these asap because once word gets out, they are going to sell out immediately. I think these are so perfect for a sweet treat mid-afternoon or pre/post-workout, but if you’re tempted to reach for dessert after dinner, you could totally just eat half of this and be super satisfied!

Organic Canned Pumpkin – I think this one’s pretty self explanatory, but there is SO much you can do with this can. My greek yogurt pumpkin pasta sauce is a good place to start, or my pumpkin spice golden milk latte, but also in oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies…I could probably go on forever. Just grab a can of this stuff (or 5) and you’re set for the season!

Kodiak Cakes Pumpkin Flax Pancake Mix – Is there anything better on a cozy fall morning than pancakes?! No. The answer is always no. And if you’re really trying to step up your breakfast game, I highly suggest you pick up some of this superfood pancake mix from Kodiak in pumpkin spice. The pumpkin flavor isn’t overwhelming at all, but it’s just the right amount of spice for a seasonal breakfast. I love that these are absolutely guiltless too (not that food should ever make you guilty, but you know what I’m sayin’). They have 10g of protein and 5g of fiber in each serving, and are made with 100% whole grains. I put a touch of maple syrup and Fourth & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee on top and was in absolute heaven.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

Figs – So I’ll be honest, I always thought figs were like, super expensive, and so I kind of never bought them even though I LOVE them. But the last time I went to the grocery store, I saw that they were only $3.99 for a big container, which may be more than bananas or apples, but was sooooo much less than I thought they’d be! And trust me, they are so worth it. I’ve been putting them on my oats, on top of my smoothies, and straight up eating them standing up in front of my sink. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed…

TJ’s Pumpkin Ravioli – If I could have one thing for dinner every single night for the next two months, it would be these. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m definitely more of a sweet person rather than a savory person, so these ever-so-slightly-sweet little pillows of goodness are riiiiight up my alley. I’ve tried these both with olive oil/sea salt and butter/cinnamon, and both versions are incredible. If you served these with a side salad you might just be able to pass them off as a balanced meal 😉

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage – Guys. I would not be lying to you if I said I have been putting this almond milk in EV-ER-Y-THING. In my coffee, in my oats, in my smoothies, in baked goods, tea, you name it I’ve tried it. I can’t get enough, which may actually be a problem since I know TJ’s has been selling out of this stuff like crazy. I think it’s probably 12x better than people expected it to be too – just the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor, spices and sweetness, plus it’s a bit thicker than plain almond milk. My only qualm is that there is added sugar in there, so I may actually try to make my own version. Until then, you can find at least 2 cartons of this in my fridge at all times.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

Honeycrisp Apples – Pumpkin is wonderful and all, but fall is definitely not complete without apples. Autumn makes me miss apple picking and getting cider donuts with my family in the northeast, but the closest thing I can get is to buy the best apples I can find and pretend I’m not in 90 degree LA. I obviously eat apples all year round, but they seem extra special in fall. They’re another great oatmeal topping, but you can also saute them in some ghee with cinnamon and brown sugar and you’ve got a fairly healthy fall dessert!

Fall Flowers – Ok guys, I know this isn’t like, a fooooood, but i think treating yourself to flowers every once in awhile is an absolute must and fall flowers are so perfect for setting the mood! Like lots of things on this list, I bought this bouquet at TJ’s since I think they have some of the best deals on flowers. I also love getting fresh flowers from the farmer’s market (one of my favorite things to do on a cool fall weekend!), and they usual have more unique flowers for a great price, too!

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds – These are the one item not pictured in that first photo, and they weren’t my absolutely favorite, but I wanted to include them on this list because I’ve been adding them to my oatmeal for a bit of crunch! They’re a little too sweet to enjoy on they’re own, but they’re absolutely delicious and would be amazing on top of a pumpkin smoothie or in fall trail mix!

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Okay friends, that’s it for today. Hope you are having a great Monday!

xo Jordan


How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack.

Oh hey friends, it’s snack-girl comin’ atcha bright & early on a Monday morning!

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

This weekend was quite a busy one between apartment hunting, catching up with friends, working a bit, getting my fitness on, and prepping for the week ahead. Can I just tell you – packing my bag (as in my work bag + gym bag) the night before is SO stinkin’ helpful. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning and that way I know I have absolutely everything I need to have a productive day. One of the things I’m hell-bent on packing is my lunch (because helloooooo buying lunch out every single day gets crazy expensive!). I’ve been doing this for years, even when I was in college and grad school, but I’ll literally fill my lunch bag to the absolute brim with my lunch and extra snacks. You know me, allllll about those snacks 😉

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Since my schedule varies most days in terms of what I’m doing that day at work or afterwards, what’s in my lunchbag will look different, too. For example, if I know I’m taking an intense workout class when I leave the office, I’ll make sure I have a bigger lunch and a heftier snack with a ton of protein to get me through my workout and last me until dinner. If I’m planning on going straight home after work, however, or even just to the gym for an easier sesh, my afternoon snack may be a little lighter and just something to tide me over. Enter my new obsession: Shine Organics superfood pouches.

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As if being able to get these babies at Target weren’t easy enough, they actually don’t need to be refrigerated, either. Do you know how hard it is to find a healthy, real-food snack that doesn’t need to go in the fridge?! That is literally HUGE and means that if you’ve got class for 3 hours and can’t pack 5 ice packs in your backpack because it’s already breaking your back (been there!), no worries. Or if you’re usually in your car going from place to place and need fuel on the road, NO worries. Shine Organics pouches taste shockingly good when they’re room temperature, and I’m not just blowing sunshine. I was kind of super impressed with the taste here, if I’m being honest!

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

I picked up two of their four flavors at Target when I was running other errands last week and here’s the deal: the pouches have an applesauce kind of texture (which explains why you can find them in the aisle with the applesauce…) and they’re packed with organic superfoods like chia seeds, real fruits, and real veggies. They range in calories from 70-130, which is part of the reason I love them so much. Like I said earlier, if I know I don’t need to fuel myself for a long afternoon, then I just grab one of the 90-calorie pouches called PURIFY, that gives me a dose of nutrients from the kale, parsley, chia, apple, strawberry and guava. I especially love this flavor since it’s not too sweet, but you can’t taste the greens at all…and that’s saying a lot from this parsley-hater!

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

On the flipside though, the 130-calorie pouch called CALM is amazing for when I want something a little more substantial or am craving sweets. This flavor was so good and reminded me more of a smoothie because of the banana and coconut. It also has pumpkin, passion flower, vanilla, blackberry and chia (of course!) so the flavor profile is kind of unreal. You know what, actually? I didn’t even think about it until now, but I bet this pouch would be AWESOME for dessert…

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Although, that’s totally not the point of this post. The point is to tell you that when you’re picking the perfect healthy afternoon snack, you want to choose something that is not processed, has nutritional value (step away from the cheez-its my friends), and will give you the right amount of fuel you need. Like okay, did you know chia seeds contain omega-3’s, fiber, healthy fat, fiber, protein, potassium and calcium? The list actually goes on but YEAH. Those tiny little seeds are legit powerhouses. So including these in your afternoon snack is going to give you maaaaaajor benefits. And again, convenience is such a huge factor too, which is why people tend to reach for the not-so-healthy stuff. Shine Organics takes the effort out of making healthy choices so you can easily grab them on your usual Target run, keep them in your pantry or desk (or even car when the weather gets cooler!), and reach for them when you need that post-lunch snack.

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For a coupon for $1 off your next 4-pack, head over here. And guys, I really hope you love these as much as I do. If you try them, let me know your favorite flavor!! I seriously can’t wait to try the other two 🙂

xo Jordan

 

5 Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends.

Hi again, friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

I hope y’all are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I know I legitimately say this each and every month, but I honestly can’t believe how quickly August is flying by. Fun fact: this is actually my very first summer working a full-time 9-5 job, which I think is making time pass by even faster since summer didn’t feel all that different from spring. Although, that’s partly just an LA weather thing, which I’m fully aware of…haha

Before the season ends though, I’m trying to take advantage of all the wonderful produce summer brings like berries, watermelon, stone fruit and tomatoes. I wanted to share with you a quick round-up of my favorite recipes with these delicious fruits and veggies so that you can enjoy them, too!

 

Berry Chia Protein Pudding – Make a huge batch and keep it in the fridge for a quick & healthy snack or breakfast!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups – Another amazing make-ahead recipe for babes on budgets & on-the-go!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

Peach Caprese Pasta Salad – This one’s quite possibly one of my all-time favorite summer recipes! It’s super fresh and only a few ingredients. Perfect for dinner or lunch on a hot summer day 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

Classic Key Lime Pie – The perfect mix of sweet and tart, this one’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. Make it for your end-of-summer cookout or to bring to a friend’s house!

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

Sparkling Lemonade – This recipe is super easy, delicious, and just 2 ingredients. Mix your favorite lemonade (I love Hubert’s Diet Strawberry Lemonade!) with sparkling water and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer drink. You could even spike it with vodka if you’re feeling frisky 😉

Alright y’all, that’s it for today! Tell me, what recipes are you planning on making before the summer’s over?!

xo Jordan


July Favorites.

I swear I say this every month, but where the F is time going?!

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

I mean literally, this year has flown by, I feel like I’ve barely blinked and tomorrow is August already. Although I will admit, I was going through my photos on the plane back from Napa this weekend (aka my favorite thing to do when I don’t have wifi) and I’ve done a looooot this year already! Like way more traveling and adventuring than I’ve ever done in years past, and that makes me feel better about 2017 being more than half over. Okay anyway, here’s what I’ve found and loved this past month:

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Perfect Bar– Ok so I finally tried one of these bad boys! I had to run into Whole Foods (which I never do) and had to splurge for one because I’ve been seeing them everywhere and have only heard good things. I went for the Maple Almond and it was so. friggin’. tasty. 13g of protein + superfoods + gluten-free + real ingredients?! I mean hello, this is a no-brainer. The hype is real because this thing legitimately kept me full unlike most other bars. Granted, it has more calories and costs more so I would hope it would be more of a hefty snack, but yeah. Cannot wait to try the other flavors!

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Suja Probiotic Juice Drink – So there was one Sunday that I literally ran around like a crazy person in the heat and then decided to go for a 3 mile walk before work and was therefore insaaanely dehydrated. I wanted kombucha, but found this instead and it was suuuuper yummy! I think it was on sale (2 for $5) so I figured why not, and I’m so glad I tried it. It tasted like a juice and was really refreshing, plus it had probiotics, which I like to have every single day. It didn’t have a vinegar-y taste like kombucha does, though (which I thought was a good thing!).

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Pressed Juicery Freeze – This was another thing I was absolutely dying to try after seeing it all over the food-blogging world! I got some on National Ice Cream Day because I was trying to bounce back from a few indulgent days and it was absolutely delicious. So creamy and flavorful, but also really light! I added cacao nibs, strawberries and coconut on top of the vanilla bean, which is made out of their vanilla almond milk, and I was obsessed. The only downside is that this cup cost $6, but hey, #yolo.

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Carrot Cake Cookies – I found a healthy breakfast cookie recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and tweaked it to make it even healthier! That didn’t take away any flavor though, these cookies were so good!! They’re basically oats, applesauce, carrots and maple syrup, plus a few other superfoods, so they were pretty dense. I would have a couple each afternoon and they were the perfect pre-workout snack! I love things that are slightly sweet without actually having a crap ton of sugar in them, since I like to have something sweet pretty much after every meal. Can’t wait to make these again and share the full recipe with you guys!

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Alkani Cold Brew Maker – I think I may have saved the best for last because this thing is a GAME. CHANGER. Alkani sent me their cold brew maker a few weeks ago and it has been actual heaven each morning when a) my coffee is already made b) it’s cold and c) it’s delicious. All you have to do is put a cup (or so) of fresh coffee grounds in the metal strainer in the middle, wait 24 hours and boom done. The coffee it makes is so smooth and I love the design of it, too!

All of my favorites are linked just under this post! Tell me, what have you been loving lately?! Any good grocery finds?

xo Jordan

p.s. If you like these round-ups, check out my favorites from April, May and June!