Pumpkin Protein Muffins

A new week calls for a new recipe!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

This is one I know you’ll love because my boyfriend told me it was a winner😏 I made these Pumpkin Protein Muffins last week because my desire to bake on the daily is in FULL force. I figure, okay so my metabolism and activity level is far lower than they used to be, but I also love food… SO! The resolutions to this are a) exercise better portion control and b) bake things that are better for me. Luckily these muffins don’t taste healthy in the least, though!

Some ways I like to make my treats a touch healthier include using less oil/butter (and subbing in pumpkin/banana instead), using healthier sugar alternatives or less of them altogether (ie. maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, banana), and adding in some protein for staying power. This recipe does all three!

I actually subbed out part of the flour in this recipe with my Eat Like a Woman Very Vanilla Shake, which is one of my favorite protein powders!! This line was developed with women’s bodies in mind (since our bodies process food and nutrients SO differently!), so this powder has probiotics, plant-based protein (which we absorb more easily), 22 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and omega 3’s. I promise you I’m not getting paid to post about this, I just truly love it!

With this protein powder, vitamin & fiber rich pumpkin, protein packed greek yogurt and almond flour, and only 2 tablespoons of sweetener, you’ll feel good about snacking on these for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert😊

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 2% fat)

1 egg

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 cup oat flour or whole wheat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup ELAW Very Vanilla Life Stage Shake (or your favorite protein powder!)

1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1-2 pinches of sea salt

cacao nibs (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients including the pumpkin, egg, greek yogurt, maple syrup and banana.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients including the flours, protein powder, spices, sea salt and baking powder.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold until completely combined. Do not overmix 🙂

5. Using a spoon, fill silicone muffin liners (these are my favorite!) or a greased muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. Top each muffin with cacao nibs if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

That’s it for today, loves! Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week!

xo Jordan

10 Recipes I Plan On Making This Autumn

Friends! Fall is…still not here in LA yet, sadly…but I will continue to light my scented candles and buy baby pumpkins until it is!

Dancing for Donuts | 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts

One of the things I do every fall in LA, when I get the most homesick for NY, is make all the autumn-y, cozy foods I can. I wanted to put together this list partly for myself, to keep track of all the things I want to make this season, but also for you in case you need a little comfort food, too!

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts – First up is my pumpkin donuts (pictured above!). This one is at the top of this list for a reason, you guys. I’ve brought these to countless parties and friends, and they are a friggin’ HIT. Plus, they’re 2-ingredients. You really can’t beat that.

Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese – Like, can we just talk about the bacon on there fore a second?!?! Jeeeeez 😍😍😍

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

Slow-Cooker Maple Pumpkin Granola – This is one of my favorite things to make in the fall, it makes the house smell amazing!! And it’s seriously SO easy. I usually eat the whole mason jar with my bare hands before I can even sprinkle it on my yogurt…

Healthy Apple Muffins

Healthy Apple Muffins – You know me, I loooove pumpkin, but I think I love apples even more. I want to make these so badly!

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

Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls – THESE. Listen, if there’s one thing you make for a holiday gathering this year, please make these because they’re freakin’ AWESOME. I made them last year for a campaign, and ended up making them three more times before the holidays were over. They’re a crowd-pleaser!

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale – If this doesn’t look like the best dinner to pair with a glass of red and an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m not sure what is.

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus – I’m obsessed with all the recipes on this blog, but this one is definitely one I must make asap. It’s so few ingredients, but looks like the perfect thing to pair with pita chips or veggies!!

Butternut Apple Chicken Salad

Fall Harvest Kale Salad – As you know, I’m trying to have one salad a day. It’s pretty hard unless you plan ahead or buy it out, but I’m thinking that if I made this, I’d want to eat it three times a day.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chili.

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili – Apologies for the awful photo, this is a super old recipe, but it’s one I make at least once a month each fall/winter!! It’s healthy, easy, and makes a ton, so it’s great for lunches at work or low-key dinners!

Fall Harvest Kale Salad

Butternut Apple Chicken Salad with Maple Dressing – Aaaand one last salad, since I literally was just talking about how tight my jeans were on Instagram, and think that maybe I should try to amp up the greens. Hence the salad-a-day goal mentioned earlierđŸ€Ł

Well, that’s it for today friends! Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on making any of these! I’m pretty sure I’m going to make that pumpkin hummus like, tomorrow! Have a very Happy Halloween!!

xo Jordan

Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Hey y’all! We are BACK with another recipe!! And this time it’s for donuts…of courseđŸ’đŸŒ

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And let me tell you – this is easily one of my favorites. It’s so perfect for fall with cozy flavors like pumpkin pie spice and rich coffee, but it’s also packed with good-for-you ingredients like collagen, protein, fiber-rich pumpkin, and coconut butter for healthy fats! So even though they’re a treat (with a touch of caffeine!), you definitely don’t have to feel any guilt whatsoever if you eat a few😊

The recipe here is adapted from this one and you’ll see that I used Ancient Nutrition’s Cold Brew Coffee Multi-Collagen Protein powder. You’re more than welcome to use any collagen or protein you choose if you don’t have this on hand – just know it may change the flavor just a touch!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And one more thing! These donuts can be kind of crumbly when you first take them out of the donut pan so 1) be sure to spray that coconut oil or ghee or whatever you’re using before each batch, and 2) let them cool for about 5-10 minutes before removing them from the pan. Gently take a spoon to insert around the edges, then lift up slowly.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Latté Donuts

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 2/3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour

1/3 cup Ancient Nutrition Cold Brew Collagen Protein (or more flour)

1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener (or brown sugar)

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup cashew or almond milk

1/4 cup ghee or butter (soft, but not melted)

2 tbsp espresso (optional)

Pumpkin Frosting

equal parts coconut butter and pumpkin purée

(I did about 4 tbsp each for 1/3 of the donuts)

1. For the donuts: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a donut pan with ghee or coconut oil (a spray works easiest for this!).

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, collagen powder if using, sweetener/sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. 

3. Add in pumpin purée, eggs, milk and ghee and stir to mix completely until batter is thick.

4. Using a spoon or piping bag, fill the donut trays almost to the top (about 3/4 of the way). 

5. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out dry. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before gently pressing a spoon around the edges of each mold, and lifting up slowly.

6. For the frosting: Melt the coconut butter in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments until soft. Stir in the pumpkin purée until completely combined. Spoon onto donuts and press down firmly to coat. *Frosting will be pretty thick and maybe even hard to handle! Coconut butter softens with touch, so I used my fingers to press it down onto the donuts.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Have a great rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

Autumn calls for comfort food, don’t ya think?

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

I recently made this vegan mac n’cheese for a giveaway with Spudsy Foods (I mentioned them in my September favorites!) and knew I had to share the full recipe on here with you guys. It’s quite possibly the easiest sauce to make – it comes together in a blender with minimal chopping – and is fantastic with any kind of pasta, although I rarely eat anything other than Banza’s chickpea pasta these days!

The “cheese” part of the sauce comes from Nutritional Yeast, which is basically a vegan supplement for Vitamin B12 and protein that happens to have a delicious cheesy flavor to it. The creaminess of the sauce comes from the soaked cashews and veggie broth, and then there’s some garlic and paprika in there too, for extra flavor! I topped this dish with Spudsy’s BBQ Sweet Potato Puffs, but you could easily just use regular bread crumbs or panko flakes!

And one last thing I’ll say: this dish even passed the bf test, which for me is a HUGE win since mine doesn’t particularly love the idea of “healthy” versions of things😂

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

your favorite pasta, cooked according to the directions

1/2 cup cashews soaked in water for at least 3 hours (or overnight)

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 cup veggie broth

1/3 cup non-dairy milk

1/2 tsp paprika

3-4 cloves garlic

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup crumbled Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs (or breadcrumbs)

1. Cook pasta according to directions and while boiling, make the cashew cheese sauce below.

2. In a blender, add the soaked cashews (drained), broth, milk, nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. *If you need to add a little bit of liquid, add either more broth or water tbsp by tbsp – a little goes a long way!

3. Add the sauce to the drained pasta and keep over low to medium heat to warm the sauce.

4. Spoon the mac n’cheese into bowls or ramekins and top with the breadcrumbs or crumbled Spudsy puffs. Enjoy right away or bake in the oven at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes. 

*Store leftover cashew cheese sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days*

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

Well, that’s it for today!! Have you guys ever made vegan versions of your favorite foods? I’m not vegan, as you know, but I love this idea of re-vamping some of my meals to be more plant-based!

xo Jordan

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

My grandma was a fighter.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

She was the sassiest person I know, my biggest supporter, she always spoke her mind (and said things like, “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out,”), and she made a mean batch of mandel bread.

Earlier this week, my mom said to me while she was standing in our kitchen, “all i want to do is bake. This is my happy place,” and after a few hours of mixing & kneading dough, she told me that she had more energy that she’d had in days. We ate a few pieces of mandel bread together (kind of like biscotti, but better!) and remembered my grandma.

And THAT is the power of baking, cooking, and food in my opinion. It’s the memories, its ability to bring people together, and joy that comes from a good recipe, even when you thought there was no joy to be felt. So grandma, this one’s for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup mixed nuts and raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until fully combined. Fold in the flour, baking powder and nuts.

3. Flour the bottom of a baking pan and pour dough into an even layer in the center of the baking sheet (about 1/2 inch thick) *it won’t cover the whole pan, not even close!

4. Bake for 30 minutes then remove from the oven. Slice into 1 inch thick bars (like biscotti) and flip. Bake for another 10 minutes.

5. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days – or eat them immediately with a loved one and remember how important family is, how lucky we are to have good people in this world that support us, and how precious life is.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

^ Wasn’t she the CUTEST?! Best grandma ever, I’m telling you. And shoutout to my brother for capturing these moments!

xo Jordan

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now, onto the recipes!đŸ«

3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Cups

2 cups chocolate chips (regular or vegan!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dancing for Donuts | Spiced CBD Truffles

Spiced CBD Truffles

(inspired by this recipe)

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

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

5 tbsp honey or maple syrup

pinch of sea salt

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

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp coconut sugar

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Have a great rest of your week😊

xo Jordan

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 sautĂ©ed 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


Frosé Vosé With Three Olives

It’s starting to feel like summer, you guys😍

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

I know I live in LA where it’s nice all the time (comparatively speaking), but starting to warm up which meaaaans…dinner & drinks outside!! I love a good, refreshing drink on a hot day, especially when I’m with my friends or on vacation. Two of my favorites are a chilled glass of rosĂ© (because yes, I am a basic millennial💁) and a vodka soda, but have you ever thought to combine the two?! Well, I hadn’t, but thank goodness Three Olives came through in the clutch with their new rosĂ© vodka – it is a GAME. Changer.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

I actually just tried making frosĂ© for the very first time with the new Three Olives RosĂ© Vodka and you guys, I can’t even tell you how freakin’ delicious it was Slightly citrusy with just a touch of sweetness, and the absolute perfect combination of a glass of rosĂ© and a summer cocktail. So, if you’re looking for the perfect cocktail to take you from day to night this summer, look no further.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

Frosé Vosé

(From the Three Olives Website)

1.5 parts Three Olives Rosé Vodka

.75 parts lemon juice

.75 parts grapefruit juice

.75 parts dry vermouth

.75 parts simple syrup

1 cup of ice

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until resembling a slushie. Serve immediately and garnish with fresh fruit.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

And that’s it!! It’s seriously one of my favorite cocktails ever, I can’t wait to make it again. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had frosĂ© before and would try it with the Three Olives RosĂ© Vodka!

xo Jordan

(This post is sponsored by my friends over at Three Olives Vodka, but all words, opinions and images are my own, as always.)

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