Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Blueberry Vinaigrette

If you came to find a staple recipe for summer entertaining, I can say with confidence that you came to the right place.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

I’m one of those people that actually really, truly enjoys salad, but with a catch: it needs to have texture (aka usually something crunchy), possibly something sweet (like fruit) and most likely cheese. If it has those things then I will shovel it in faster than you can say ‘starving.’ If not, I’m probably going to eat it in anyway because I know it’s healthy, but I probably won’t LOVE it, y’know what I mean?

This salad has every single element I love and the best part is the butter lettuce base. I started using Pete’s Living Greens for my salads because I swear to you they just taste BETTER. I think it’s because they’re still like, attached to the root when you buy them, so they’re fresher (and can seriously last up to 18 days which is awesome). And you know how greens from the farmer’s market always taste better than the ones from the store? YEAH. It’s like that! But if you can’t get to a farmer’s market on a Tuesday (because hello, #responsibilities), you can still get the same high-quality greens from the grocer because Pete’s gives you the actual freakin’ root of the thing and then you get to “pick the leaves” yourself. It’s actually kind of fun…

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

So, if you’ve been assigned as the ‘salad person’ for the party you’re heading to this Memorial Day (or any day really), I can promise you that this one is going to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s mostly sweet, which is always a win for people who don’t usually like healthy things, and it’s super refreshing. The blueberry vinaigrette is one of my new favorites, too. I’m trying to figure out what else I can actually put it on, but this salad is the perfect vehicle! Plus, it’s red, white and blue, aka v festive for American holidays😉

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

Summer Butter Lettuce Salad

1 head of butter lettuce (Pete’s Living Greens is my go-to!)

3-5 strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup candied or toasted walnuts

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Let sit in the fridge until ready to eat, and dress just before serving.

Blueberry Vinaigrette 

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup warm water

1. In a blender, pulse together all ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing on top of salad when ready to eat and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

If you’d like to learn more about Pete’s Living Greens head here. Aside from the fact that they honestly just taste awesome, they also use 85% less water and 70% less land to grow, which makes them more sustainable and freakin’ AWESOME.

So there ya have it!! I hope you get to make something yummy this weekend!

xo Jordan

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Pete’s Living Greens but all opinions and images are my own, as always.

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

April Foodie and Wellness Favorites

Another roundup of my monthly faves has arrived!!

Dancing for Donuts | April Favorites (Healthy Food and Wellness)

I’m doing something a little different today guys…I’m sharing a video instead of the usual wordy blog post, I hope that’s okay with you! I’ve said this before, but I feel like it’s so much easier to feel like you know someone when you can see/hear them speaking, so hopefully this is a more entertaining and personal way to hear about what I’ve been loving this month.

If you’re short on time, at work with no headphones, or kind of just don’t care, I feel you😂 I’m still listing everything out below the video, so not to worry, but if you want to hear more about my actual thoughts on these things, I recommend giving it a listen! I always love watching favorites videos on YouTube, so hopefully you’ll enjoy mine😊

Blue Diamond Nut Thins – I’m not usually the biggest crackers person (since I prefer sweets, you know me!) but these are a game changer!!

Artisana Coconut Butter/Manna – Actual crack, you guys. Makes me feel like I’m on an island or something.

Primal Kitchen Ranch – The only real “dressing” I’ll put on my salads!🙌

Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter – I lied, THIS one is actual crack. Seriously.

Crunchy Puffed Rice Sticks – I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d actually like these, let alone LOVE them…

Birch Benders Pancake Mix – Sharing my banana bread recipe below this list!!

GT’s Kombucha in Bloom – Pretty sure this is my favorite flavor of kombucha EVER.

Native Deodorant – This is the odd man out, but I love it so much.

Dancing for Donuts | Birch Benders Banana Bread

Well, there ya have it! I’ve been loving about 3x more than what I’ve listed here, but I didn’t wanna overwhelm you😉 I’ll share the rest of them next month though, so be sure to stay tuned!!

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

 

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

 

Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhitesÂź

Happy Monday, friends! I’m comin’ atcha today with a super tasty, healthy and protein-packed breakfast recipe!

So as you know, I’ve been trying to get my health and fitness back on this year (just like pretty much everyone else in 2018!). I started taking all kinds of different classes and revamping my routine to keep things fun and interesting, and I’ve gotten a bit more on track in terms of my eats. I always preach about preparation and how stocking your fridge with tons of healthy ingredients can make all the difference in the world when it comes to sticking to your goals. And hough this recipe is quite possibly the easiest thing in the world to make, it does require you to add just a few items to your grocery list😉

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhitesÂź

I’ve always been a fan of eggs because they’re incredibly nutritious, inexpensive, and easy to make. They keep me full throughout a workout without that bloating feeling that comes when I have yogurt or smoothies sometimes. But while I love a good yolk, they are slightly higher in cholesterol, whereas the whites are a low-calorie, low-cholesterol source of protein. I also grew up in a household where my parents ate only egg-whites, mostly because they didn’t like the taste of the yolk, but I can tell you that cracking a ton of eggs just to get enough whites for a substantial omelette was neither the quickest nor most enjoyable task. The perfect solution to this is to just buy the egg whites in a container so that they’re ready to go when you need them!

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhitesÂź

I was recently introduced to AllWhitesÂź 100% liquid egg whites, which are incredibly convenient to keep on hand. They’re fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in calories and carbs, and high in lean protein. You can find them by the eggs in your grocery store and like I said, they maaaajorly take the effort out of getting the egg whites out of a cracked egg (and avoid having to waste the yolk, too!). The frittata I’ve been making on repeat with AllWhites has fueled me throughout barre workouts, cardio workouts, and more importantly, a morning at work because the struggle. is. REAL.

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhitesÂź

This frittata recipe combines AllWhites liquid egg whites with just a touch of low fat milk, nutrient-rich spinach, flavorful onion and creamy goat cheese for a super delicious dish that tastes decadent but contains soooo many good-for-you ingredients! The prep is minimal, just a touch of dicing and whisking, and then the skillet/oven really do the rest of the work for you. If you don’t have a skillet, just use an oven safe pan, but I will say that the skillet helps cook the eggs evenly. This dish perfectly serves two, but if you’re eating for one, just wrap the leftovers up in seran wrap or a tupperware, and save it for the next day. Doesn’t get more convenient than that, my friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhitesÂź

Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata

1 1/4 cup AllWhitesŸ egg whites

2 tbsp low fat milk

1 tbsp butter

1/2 cup diced onion

2 handfuls spinach

3 tbsp goat chees

sea salt

pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and whisk egg whites and milk in a bowl until light & frothy.

2. Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, a pinch or two of salt, and cook thoroughly. Add the spinach too, and cook for another 2 minutes or until wilted.

3. Add the egg mixture over the top of the onions and spinach. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Take a spatula and make sure the eggs flow to the bottom of the pan as opposed to on the sides of the pan.

4. Once the frittata is half set (and the egg whites on the sides are turning to a more solid colored white), top with pieces of goat cheese and transfer to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhitesÂź

So there ya have it! If you’d like to learn more about AllWhites, head here! They’ve also been generous enough to give me 3 product coupons to send to one of my readers, so for a chance to win, comment down below and tell me what activity you use protein to fuel!

xo Jordan

 

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Hi friends and Happy (almost) New Year!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Top 10 Posts of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I obviously wanted to take some time this week to just soak up as much time with my family as possible, so I did take a mini blog-break. As I sit on the train down to D.C., I’m feeling so unbelievably grateful for having the opportunity to travel home for the holidays and to work remotely. I hope you all were able to, as well!

This year has been pretty nuts in so many ways, particularly for the world (and this country) in general, but personally I experienced a ton of personal growth, adventuring, and figuring out where I want to be in life. I expanded my skillset professionally, started growing my blog, strengthened new and old friendships, moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, and traveled to so many new places. It’s been quite the year!

I just want to thank you all so much for reading my blog, you have no idea how fulfilling it has been to create content and have this creative outlet. Reading your comments and hearing your feedback makes me so happy, and I’m honored to be able to share this bit of my life with you. With that, I wanted to take a quick moment to wrap up the year with my top 10 posts of 2017! I’m looking forward to spending even more time in the kitchen and on DFD in the upcoming year, so please let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of, or even something different entirely!

1. 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

 

2. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #1

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

3. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #3

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

4. Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

5. How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack

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

6. Balancing a Healthy Life With a Fun One

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

7. Portugal Travel Guide

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

8. Saying Yes to the Big Things

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

9. Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

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

10. Staying Healthy on the Go [+ My New Favorite Smoothie!] 

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

Thank you again for all of your always and I hope you have the happiest new year!!! See you in 2018 🙂

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 lattĂ© 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 lattĂ©, 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 lattĂ© 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 lattĂ© 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